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Geologist for dams sought !!(VERY URGENT!)
Dear Colleagues, I am contacting you on behalf of SOFRECO, a consortium leader of the EU Technical Assistance Facility for Sustainable Energy - Neighbourhood (East and South), Asia (including Central Asia), Latin America, Caribbean and Pacific

Geologist for dams sought !!



Dear Colleagues,

I am contacting you on behalf of SOFRECO, a consortium leader of the EU Technical Assistance Facility for Sustainable Energy - Neighbourhood (East and South), Asia (including Central Asia), Latin America, Caribbean and Pacific, to see whether you would be interested in the position of Senior International Geologist/Geotechnical Specialist (NKE2 - Cat. 1) on the new assignment in Lao PDR

ToR we have just received from DG DEVCO (The Client) requires 2 Non-Key Experts: Senior International Technical Dam Safety Specialist and Assignment Leader (NKE1/AL, Cat. 1 or 2) (90 working days) and Senior International Geologist/Geotechnical Specialist (NKE2 - Cat. 1 or 2) (61 working days) to act as international advisers to MEM.

The main objective of this assignment is to assist MEM in reviewing the Emergency Dam Safety Inspection Reports and for some cases, the Detailed Dam Safety Evaluation Reports and conducting site visits with MEM, as required, to confirm the safety conditions stated in the Emergency Inspection Reports and Detailed Dam Safety Evaluation Reports.

Please find attached ToR with more details on the assignment and expert profiles. 

Expert profile for Geologist/Geotechnical Specialist is provided below for your convenience. 

The main tasks of Geologist/Geotechnical Specialist would be as follows, but not limited to:

Review the regional/local geological characteristics and seismic conditions of the dams and associated structures;·

Review the analytical results of foundation conditions and material sources including results of borehole excavation, laboratory testing, in-situ tests, etc.;·

Review the designs of foundation treatment, excavation, foundation strength parameters and seepage control and slope protection measures, etc.;·

Review the identified and tested results of construction materials of the dams and associated structures;·

Review testing results, design recommendations and documents detailing the studies conducted;·

Review available construction supervision reports and quality control data regarding construction materials properties, compaction criteria, foundation excavation / treatment, etc.;·

 Review the reservoir rim condition and potential landslides and water seepage if required·

 Review and assess monitoring records of instruments, such as piezometer, seepage, settlement, etc.;·

 Provide inputs to the International Advisors reports in coordination with the Dam Safety Specialist/Chair.·


Qualification and Skills

 Master’s Degree or higher geology and/or in civil engineering;·

 Additional degree in any other relevant subjects will be an added advantage.·

General Professional Experience

 At least 20 years of relevant professional experience in the field of the assignment (as a practitioner);·

 Proven excellent report writing and communication skills (oral and written).·


Specific Professional Experience

 20 years’ professional experience, particularly in geotechnical investigation, tests, design; and·

 Experience in construction supervision of large hydropower projects with dams and tunnels among its main components; and·

 Should have prior experience serving in expert panels;·

 Experience in South East Asia, and /in Lao PDR would be an advantage.·

Can you please let me know if you could be interested in, and available for this opportunity and if you could then I would kindly ask you to suggest your daily fee rate and fill in the attached EU TAF CV template and send it back to me as soon as you can.


Please note that the Key qualifications section of your CV should illustrate how you meet ToR requirements.

 If you are not interested in, or available for this opportunity then I would really appreciate if you could circulate my email with ToR and CV template to potential candidates or provide their contact emails to me.

DG DEVCO requests selected experts to be mobilised before the beginning of January 2019 since the field mission is planned for early January 2019. 

 Therefore I would need to close applications on Monday, 17 December 2018, CoB  and your prompt reply would be very much appreciated.

 Thank you.

 Best regards,


Consortium Deputy Project Director

EU Technical Assistance Facility for Sustainable Energy for Neighborhood (East and South), Asia (incl. Central Asia), Latin America,Caribbean and Pacific

This project is funded by the European Union and implemented by a SOFRECO led consortium

SOFRECO – Project Office

Avenue des arts 24, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


Tel:          +32 2 416 17 04

·         Please find documents enclosed!  (TAF ;    CV tempalte)


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