Fifth Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024

SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo is presenting its upcoming Fifth Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024 on 19th June 2024 (Wednesday) at 3:00 pm (Sri Lanka Standard Time). The lecture will be delivered by Mr. Amer Bazl Khan, Director, MaritimEA Research, Karachi, Pakistan

Mr. Amer Bazl Khan will deliver his lecture on the topic “Documenting the Maritime Heritage of Pakistan”.

The presentation is open to public. To attend kindly register at the link given below.

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Meeting link: https://meet.google.com/xrn-jtsv-drm

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Third Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024

SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo is presenting its upcoming Third Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024 on 13th March 2024 (Wednesday) at 3:00 pm (Sri Lanka Standard Time). The lecture will be delivered by Mr. Samten Yeshi, Researcher, VAN MANEN Project, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Mr. Samten Yeshi will deliver his lecture on the topic “The Relationship between Culture and Nature: A Bhutanese Perspective”.

The presentation is open to public. To attend kindly register at the link given below.

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Meeting link: https://meet.google.com/wps-jzsc-eam

Do spread the word. We look forward to your participation and engaging discussions during this enlightening lecture.

Celebration of the 77th Indian Independence Day

Sri Lanka India Society, Colombo organized a commemorative dinner to celebrate the 77th Indian Independence Day on the 23rd September 2023 at the Taj Samudra. Prime Minster of Sri Lanka Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena was the Chief Guest of the event. Director of the SAARC Cultural Centre Mrs Renuka Ekanayake delivered the keynote address. In her speech, Ms. Ekanayake highlighted the historical links between Sri Lanka and India and how these links over the centuries have cemented the bonding between the two countries. In her speech she also thanked Mr. Kishore D Reddy, President, SLIS for the kind invitation.

His Lordship Chief Justice Hon. Jayantha Jayasuriya, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka H.E Gopal Baglay, Attorney General Hon. Sanjay Rajaratnam, Hon. Minister Manusha Nanayakara, Governor of the Eastern Province Hon. Senthil Thondaman, Deputy High Commissioner Dr Satyanjal Pandey and Member of Parliament Hon. Yadamini Gunawardena, graced the occasion. Dr Bina Gandhi Deori, Deputy Director-Research, SAARC Cultural Centre also attended the event among other dignitaries.

Director of SAARC Cultural Centre at the National Day of Nepal

On the occasion of the National Day of Nepal, Director SAARC Cultural Centre, Ms Renuka Ekanayake was invited for dinner hosted by the Ambassador of Nepal H.E. Mr. Bashu Dev Mishra on the 20th September 2023 at Galle Face Hotel. Director, SAARC Cultural Centre extended her heartfelt wishes on the occasion.

(Pic: Director of SAARC Cultural Centre, Ms Renuka Ekanayake, Second Secretary of Nepal Embassy, Mr. Biswash Bhatta and Ms. Diana Perera, Assistant Director, SAARC Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka).

Director’s Message

The SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC) in Sri Lanka is an organization that aims to promote cultural ties and foster understanding among the countries of South Asia.

The Fifteenth SAARC Summit held in Colombo in 2008, is the instrumental event that led to the establishment of the SCC Sri Lanka. It was at this meeting that the Heads of State directed that the Agenda for Culture be implemented in full. The SCC in Sri Lanka was established in 2010 as the 11th regional SAARC Centre. The main objectives of the SCC are to promote regional unity through cultural integration and intercultural dialogue and to contribute towards preservation, conservation and protection of South Asia’s cultural heritage within the framework of the SAARC Agenda for Culture.

Since its inception, the SCC has taken up the challenges of achieving its objectives serving as a symbol of South Asian shared cultural heritage. We at the SCC believe that it is not only necessary to preserve our culture and cultural values, but it is equally important to strengthen them through our sustained and coordinated efforts. Over the years, the SCC has developed and implemented various cultural activities through the two main divisions (research and programmes) in the Member States in line with SAARC’s objectives and principles. These activities cover a wide variety of areas such as performing arts, visual/fine arts, archaeology, ancient material culture, musicology, literature, folklore and folk culture, poetry, diminishing arts and related traditions. Through these activities the SCC has been able to inspire and promote different forms of arts in the region, which has resulted in the promotion of cultural and religious tourism in the region.

The framework of the SAARC Agenda for Culture within which the SCC devises long-term strategies towards preservation, conservation and protection of South Asia’s cultural heritage has been successfully implemented and as the Director, I would like to reaffirm the SCC’s commitment in the protection of the region’s distinctive cultural traits. I look forward to promoting cultural exchange and facilitating cross cultural dialogue between nations to contribute to the betterment of the people of South Asia.

The SCC will continue to develop and promote cultural activities and facilities within the region through novel concepts whilst upholding the values of SAARC.

Mrs. D. K. R. Ekanayake
Director
SAARC Cultural Center, Colombo
2023

Vacancy Announcement – SAARC Energy Centre (SEC) Islamabad, Pakistan

 

Applications for the below mentioned position are invited from the Nationals of the SAARC Member States (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) for appointment at the SEC Office, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Deputy Director (Coordination)

General Instructions, Terms of Reference (ToRs) and prescribed Application Form for the above-mentioned position are available on the SEC website (www.saarcenergy.org).

Filled-in Application Form, along with scanned copies of supporting documents/testimonials, should be sent by email to jobs@saarcenergy.org and info@saarcenergy.org. The deadline for submission of Application through email is 28th May 2021.

The public sector applicants are also required to send NOC/approval of their employer through email followed by original NOC through proper channel. Pakistani public sector applicants can send NOC through their employer whereas the public sector applicants from other SAARC Member States shall submit through their respective Foreign/External Affairs Offices. The deadline for submission of NOC is 25th June 2021. Online application and NOC received after the deadlines will not be considered.

Upon selection, the applicant(s) will be required to submit verified and duly attested hard copies of all educational documents/testimonials from the relevant Higher Education Authority and Foreign/ External Affairs Offices. Non-production of such verified and attested copies shall lead to disqualification.

DIRECTOR
SAARC Energy Centre,
H. No. 697, St. No. 43, NPF
Sector E-11/4, Islamabad 44000 – Pakistan
Ph: 051-2228804, Fax: 051-2221937
E-mail: jobs@saarcenergy.org
Website: www.saarcenergy.org

Vacancy Announcement (2021) – SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC)

 

Post                                     :           Senior Program Specialist
                                                          (Priority Setting & Program Development)

Age                                       :            Not more than 55 (Fifty five) years.

Duty Station                        :            Dhaka, Bangladesh

Closing Date                       :            30th April 2021

Date of Joining                   :            Sixty (60) days from the date of issue of offer letter

Duration                               :            3 years

 

Qualification and Experience:

PhD in Agricultural Economics / Economics / Development Studies with 12 years experience or Masters with good academic record in the above disciplines with 15 years experience.

 

Professional Competence:

Person should be specialized in policy planning, priority setting, program/project evaluation, implementation, monitoring and impact analysis of the program /projects and in report preparation and presentation.

Skills in program monitoring and impact assessment will be an additional qualification.

 

Brief Job Description:

As a senior member of the division, he/she should be able to perform and initiate programs/activities in the area of policy issues in agriculture and related fields and analyze the impact of those executed programs/activities.

To accomplish the divisional responsibility by building partnership activities in different fields of agriculture including material, knowledge and technology transfer.

Explore to implement the concept of lead country/agency-based program development and leadership in international forum on issues of regional interest.

Ensure timely publication of reports, papers, books, policy brief, any other relevant documents as and when assigned by the competent authority.

 

Allowances. facilities and benefits:

The sending government shall protect the salary including personal effects. In addition, he/she will and meet the cost of transfer passages for his/her family receive the following allowances from SAC:

1. Living Allowance US $ 1,225.00 (US Dollar One Thousand Two Hundred Twenty five) only per month (50 % US Dollar & 50 % Taka).
2. Daily Allowance in lieu of House rent allowance In the absence of residential accommodation on first arrival, per diem in lieu of house rent allowance @ US Dollar 150. 00 (One hundred and Fifty dollar) per day up to a maximum of 21 days for hotel accommodation.  An accompanying spouse and up to two of the dependent children below the age of 21 years will get 50 per cent of Daily Allowance. The daily allowance for professional stuff at SAARC Agriculture Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh is US Dollar 150.00 (One hundred and Fifty dollar) per day. The Regional Centers shall try to find and finalize lease deed for suitable accommodation within this period of time. In case a suitable accommodation is not available within this period, the actual cost of hotel accommodation will be reimbursed to the professional staff subject to his /her entitled rental ceiling.

(Not applicable for professionals from Bangladesh).

3. Residential Accommodation Professional Staff of the Regional Centre’s are presently entitled to unfurnished accommodation within the rental ceiling of US $ 637.00 (US Dollar Six Hundred and Thirty-seven) only in equivalent local currency of Taka per month.
4. Furniture Grant The Professional Staff shall be entitled for one time lump-sum furnishing/settlement grant of US $ 2,000.00 (US Dollar Two Thousand) only.
5. Children’s Education Allowance Professional Staff shall be entitled to reimbursement of 90% of school Tuition Fees including admission, registration and other compulsory charges subject to an annual ceiling of US$ 1,500.00 per child for a maximum of two children between the age of 5 to 21 years i.e., children up to Grade XII / A-Level on presentation of actual receipt.
6. Medical Allowance Professional staff shall be entitled to reimbursement of actual expenses on medical treatment for self, spouse and dependent children subject to an annual ceiling of US $ 1,500.00 including 80% reimbursement of hospitalization charges. No reimbursement shall be made for medicines purchased without doctor’s prescription and on optical frames/glasses/lenses, dental treatments like- dentures, scaling, and surgeries for the purposes of beautification, health care products and health foods.
7. Home Leave Allowance Professional Staff shall be entitled to Home Leave Passage for Economy class for self, spouse and two dependent children once in their tenure and only after completing 18 months of continuous service. No daily allowance or any expenditure on account of stop – over and transfer charges from and to airport shall be entitled.
8. Other(s) All other entitlements will be born as per SAARC Harmonize rules.

 

Common requirements:

  1. Clear understanding on the regional and global context is essential.
  2. Should be able to work in a mixed culture and in a team.
  3. Should have proven background and proficiency in written as well as communicative English.
  4. Competence in computer use is required and to be able to work independently and to produce result-oriented quality output.
  5. Assist the Director in all activities and carry out assignments.
  6. Any other responsibility assigned by the Director.

General Information:

Preference will be given to persons having work experience in related field as well as in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS)/ Extension service/donor agencies.

Must obtain minimum 2nd class/ division in all stages of academic records.

Age and qualification may be relaxed for highly deserving candidates.

 

Application in prescribed form (available at the SAARC Division of Foreign / External Affairs, Ministry of SAARC Member Countries and also at the SAC web site: www.sac.org.bd)  duly filled in by the applicant with recommendation by the competent authorities should reach to the Director, SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), BARC Complex, Farmgate, Dhaka – 1215.

 

The closing date for receipt of applications (hard/soft copy) at SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) shall be 15th April 2021 for advance copy and 30 April 2021 for proper channel copy. The application(s) not received in SAC by the above prescribed closing date(s) shall be summarily rejected, without any notice. A candidate, who anticipates delay in forwarding of his /her application by his/her employer, may send ‘Advance Copy’ of application(s) to the SAC by the said closing date. However, while sending the ‘Advance Copy’ of application(s) directly to the SAC by the closing date, the candidate should append a certificate in his/her advance copy of application indicating clearly therein that he/she has intimated his/her controlling authority/employer of the same and has also simultaneously submitted original application for the said post to his/her controlling authority/employer with a request to forward the same as application “Through Proper Channel” so as to reach SAC office positively within 15 days after the closing date, i.e., by 30 April 2021, otherwise it would be summarily rejected without any notice.

Post of Web Master

SAARC Cultural Center in Colombo is seeking a highly-skilled, experienced webmaster to develop, update, and operate the official website of the Center with latest lay outs and plug-ins to its current website. The selected person will be responsible for managing the Center’s web/online presence, ensuring that the site is user-friendly, informative and performs as a Resource Center for the entire region and explore new information to the regions beyond. He/ She should also ensure that the website is up to date at all times. The selected candidate will also have to expand its presence through the design and implementation of new web-based applications that will offer a positive impact on the user experience, and highly knowledgeable in server management and online security, content management, and have solid coding skills.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • Preference will be given to those who have working/ professional experience in the particular field.
  • Must have knowledge of server systems, databases, web authoring tools, and Cold Fusion (or comparable middleware).
  • Strong working knowledge of all relevant coding languages (PHP, Javascript, HTML).
  • Capable of utilizing web content management systems, e.g. WordPress, Jumla, Drupal etc.,).
  • Sound Communication skills in English.

Job Description

  • Maintains internal and external website security.
  • Ensures internal and external website availability.
  • Evaluates internal and external website development.
  • Manages resources to implement approved internal and external web sources/ resources.
  • Communicates internal and external website developments to appropriate stakeholders.
  • Assists with implementation of online content management systems (CMS) where appropriate.

Other Service Conditions:

Temporary Position for a period of 10 months.
The medium of work will be in English.
Age limit – Not more than 45 years of age on the closing date of applications.
Applicants who possess the above requisite qualifications should forward their applications together with copies of educational/ professional qualifications, details of
work experience and names and addresses of 2 non-related referees.
All applications should be sent by post to reach the address given below on or before 15 July 2020. The post applied for should be stated clearly on the top left hand corner of the
envelope.

Only shortlisted applicants will be called for interviews.

Director
SAARC Cultural Centre
No. 224, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7

Recruitment of professionals for the posts of Epidemiologist and Technical Officer (HIV/AIDS) at STAC against the vacant posts


SAARC Tuberculosis & HIV/AIDS Centre (STAC)

Kathmandu, Nepal

Detail information on Qualification, Experiences, Job description,

Post                      :     Epidemiologist – (One)
Period                   :     Three years
Minimum
Qualifications   :

  • Medical Graduation, M.B.B.S.
  • Post Graduation/Masters Degree in Epidemiology or in Public Health.

Experience        :     

  • At least 5 years experience in infectious diseases Surveillance or epidemiological research. Preference will be given to the candidates having more experience.
  • At least 2 year or more experience in tuberculosis and/or HIV/AIDS surveillance or epidemiological research
  • Experience in research design, planning and implementation.
  • Experience in database design, data management and data analysis.
  • Experience with database and statistical analysis software.
  • Experience in statistical modeling considered an asset.
  • Experience in conducting trainings considered as an asset.

Job Description

  • To design and manage a database for housing epidemiological data on tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
  • To collect epidemiological data on Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in the Member States.
  • To monitor, maintain and evaluate the statistical data on Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS
  • To update all relevant statistical data on Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
  • To prepare research and surveillance protocols, reports and papers for publication.
  • To organise and deliver training to various levels of professional staff on Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS epidemiology.
  • To provide technical support to other professionals at the SAARC Regional Tuberculosis Centre and collaborating institutions.

 

Post                      :   Technical Officer (HIV/AIDS) – One Post
Period                  :   Three years
Minimum
Qualifications   :    

  • Medical Graduation; M.B.B.S.
  • Post Graduation in Medicine/Community Medicine/Public Health.

Experience         :    

  • At least 5 years experience in infectious diseases
    Surveillance / Monitoring/ Epidemiological research.
    And
  • And at least 3 years experience of experience at the Managerial level or the Programme implementation level in National HIV/AIDS Control  Programme
  • Experience in research design, planning and implementation.
  • Experience in database design, data management and data analysis.
  • Experience with database and statistical analysis.
  • Experience in Biostatistics and related software.
  • Experience in Biostatistics/ Statistical modeling considered as an asset.
  • Experience in Monitoring & Evaluation of National Programmes
  • Experience to facilitate training considered as an asset.

Job Description

  • To design and manage a database for housing epidemiological data on HIV/AIDS.
  • To collect, collate analyze and disseminate all relevant information regarding latest development and findings in the field of HIV/AIDS, TB HIV/Co-infection in the Region and elsewhere.
  • To monitor, maintain and evaluate the programmes, statistical data on HIV/AIDS.
  • To Assist Director for harmonization of polices and strategy on HIV/AIDS and TB/HIV co-infection.
  • To update all relevant statistical data on HIV/AIDS.
  • To prepare research and surveillance protocols, reports and papers for publication.
  • To facilitate training programmes to various levels of professional staff on HIV/AIDS epidemiology.
  • To provide technical support to other professionals at the SAARC Regional Tuberculosis & HIV/AIDS Centre and collaborating institutions.
  • Any other related work assigned by the Director.

 

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Short-term Expert(s)/Parties required for Studies

The SAARC Energy Centre requires services from experienced and qualified expert(s)/parties to conduct the following studies on its behalf. The detailed Request for Proposal and information relevant to each advertised study can be downloaded from its respective web link given against each:

a.  Energy Efficiency Improvements in Power Generation and Distribution Sectors  of  SAARC Countries”(https://www.saarcenergy.org/short-term-expert-required-5/)

b.  “Technical Issues and Financial Viability of Net-Metering Mechanisms from the Perspective of Distribution Utilities”(https://www.saarcenergy.org/short-term-expert-required-3/)

c.  “Assessment of Wind and Solar Power Forecasting Techniques in SAARC Countries(https://www.saarcenergy.org/short-term-expert-required-4/)

d.  Challenges in Financing of Utility-Scale Clean Energy Projects in SAARC Countries(https://www.saarcenergy.org/short-term-expert-required-6/)