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Position: Website Developer
Organization: MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR
Application URL: http://www.mrcmekong.org/working-with-mrc/employment/website-developer-mrc-website-upgrading/
Posted Date: 2017-01-15
Deadline: 2017-01-19
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) was established by the 1995 agreement between the governments of Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. The role of the MRC is to co-ordinate and promote co-operate in all fields of sustainable development, utilization, management and conservation of the water and related resources of the Mekong Basin.

As the current website of MRC is outdated, the MRC seeks to revamp it with new interface, information architecture and design, and creates a new website that is more mobile-friendly and supports active news feeds.

In consultation with the MRC’s communication and web teams and under the general supervision of CEO, the consultant will perform the following tasks to support the process of re-design and construction of the MRC’s website:

Stage 1: Review, Consult and Recommend

Liaise with relevant officers and team members to understand users' needs and identify corresponding user interface requirements, workflows, and functionalities
Make recommendations for redesign, usability and technical requirements
Make recommendations on web traffic software for detailed reports of visitors to the website
Provide and install a tool to confirm the compatibility of the HTML pages with W3C standards
Submit workplan to be reviewed by MRC’s team members and approved by the CEO

Stage 2: Re-Design

Create wireframes, storyboards and prototypes to propose options for implementation
Develop corresponding user interface components (web templates, style sheets, scripts, images, etc,)
Ensure a consistent visual image on the new site by introducing fixed styles in templates ensuring consistency in fonts, formatting, icons, images and layout techniques
Submit a draft design to be reviewed by the MRC’s team members

Stage 3: Integrate Content with Design

Incorporate MRC feedback from Stage 2 into this phase
Develop graphics, logos and related multimedia content where necessary
Determine appropriate compression techniques, resolutions, sizes, colour maps, and depths to insure that images are delivered at sufficiently high speed and quality
Develop META tags on each web page, registration with major search engines
Ensure design and content make all pages “print-friendly” and mobile-friendly

Stage 4: Test

Check problems, diagnose and fix them
Check compatibility and scripts of the entire site

Stage 5: Follow-up and Continuity

Assist/advise MRC on the development of various web-based tools we may wish to develop (i.e subsides of projects’ page?)
Provide complete technical documentation related to site and its components
Provide a diagram, site map of the website
Train selected staff in all software and technical requirements related to website renovation

Postgraduate degree (or a bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years of practical working experience) in computer science or related fields.
Work experience in developing website for international organisations – with specific reference to river basin or knowledge-base organisations preferable.
A minimum of 7 years’ professional experience in the website development and management.

Proven website development experience.
Proven work experience within South East Asia, and/or a solid knowledge of the region’s social, economic, cultural and political structures an asset.

Knowledge of natural resources management/environmental awareness in the communication context is desirable.
Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.

Good sense of initiative and sound judgment.

Excellent command of the English language is required. Working knowledge of one or more riparian language (Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese) is desirable

The application should include (i) a cover letter outlining clearly how the candidate meets the requirements of the position, (ii) a detailed CV, (iii) MRC Personal History Form, and (IV) at least 3 reference. The position title and division must be indicated in the cover letter.

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