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
SAARC Cultural Center, Colombo

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 (

Filled-in Application Form, along with scanned copies of supporting documents/testimonials, should be sent by email to and 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.

SAARC Energy Centre,
H. No. 697, St. No. 43, NPF
Sector E-11/4, Islamabad 44000 – Pakistan
Ph: 051-2228804, Fax: 051-2221937

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:  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

Only shortlisted applicants will be called for interviews.

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
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
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 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”(

b.  “Technical Issues and Financial Viability of Net-Metering Mechanisms from the Perspective of Distribution Utilities”(

c.  “Assessment of Wind and Solar Power Forecasting Techniques in SAARC Countries(

d.  Challenges in Financing of Utility-Scale Clean Energy Projects in SAARC Countries(



SAARC Archaeology and Heritage Management Training Workshop Footsteps of the Past, Custodians of the Present, Heritage of the Future Afghanistan

The SAARC Cultural Centre held two capacity building workshops on heritage management – “Management Systems of World Heritage Sites in South Asia” in Pakistan in 2013 and “Preparation of Proposals of New Sites for Inclusion in the World Heritage List” in Lumbini, Nepal in 2014.  Subsequently at the Plenary and Academic Sessions of the Research Seminar on “Buddhist Cultural Trails: Journey Through Time and Space, of Merchants, Monks and Pilgrims” held in 2017, the need for training programmes in Archaeology and Heritage Management within the Region was highlighted.

Tangible Cultural Heritage (TCH) of South Asia is not limited to World Heritage Sites and the landscape is dotted with archaeological sites indicating the long and eventful history of the Region.  In many of these TCH sites there are associated Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) which are neglected due to lack of resources.  There are sites in the Region which are yet to be identified, conserved, restored and managed for posterity.  However, the biggest challenge the SAARC Region is facing now is the lack of human resources.  This workshop hopes to lay the foundation in building the human resources of the region to face the challenges of Heritage Management for present and future.



2.1    To discuss the current requirements of Member States in Archaeology and Heritage Management and facilitate Programmes within the Region.   (SAARC Agenda for Culture 9.4 – SAARC Exchange Programme on Culture – Exchange of expertise, information and technology on archaeological excavation, preservation of artefacts, protection of heritage sites etc.
•    To identify the skills and technology required within the Region.
•    To share the knowledge resources of the Member States.
•    To share the available technical knowledge of the Region.

2.1    Preservation and Conservation of South Asian Cultural Property (SAARC Cultural Centre Mandate point 2 – Identification and documentation of the regional tangible and intangible cultural heritage, existing across the region, particularly traditional and diminishing cultures, arts and related traditions)
•    To contribute towards the preservation, conservation and protection of South Asia’s Cultural Heritage within the frame work of the SAARC Agenda for Culture.
•    To identify Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in and around Tangible Cultural Heritage (TCH) sites and locations.

2.2    To develop the Human Resources of the Region in Archaeology and Heritage Management (SAARC Agenda for Culture 9.1 – SAARC Exchange Programme on Culture – Human resource development in the field of archaeological and cultural heritage)
•    To train in Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMP).
•    To train in customizing/individualizing the CHMP to each heritage site.

2.3    To facilitate Sustainable Tourism Promotion at the Cultural Heritage Sites.  (SAARC Cultural Centre Mandate point 7 – Contributing inputs to the promotion of cultural and religious tourism in the region)
•    To discuss the state of policies of sustainable tourism in the Member States.
•    To build a South Asian framework for sustainable tourism of heritage sites.

2.4    To identify Research and Policy Requirements for the facilitation of Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMP) of SAARC.  (SAARC Agenda for Culture 5.10 – Economic development through connectivity and culture: Promotion of SAARC cultural and religious tourism – Harmonization of local policies on the promotion of culture and arts and financing systems, and develop a SAARC common policy on selected areas of culture and arts
•    To identify the relevant Government Ministries and Departments in the Member States for Sustainable Tourism.


The scope of the Workshop is based on the 9th clause of the SAARC Agenda for Culture which highlights SAARC Exchange Programme on Culture.  The scope of the Workshop are as follows:
•    Human resource development in the field of archaeological and cultural heritage,
•    Short-term training programmes of areas of cultural interest,
•    Exchange of expertise, information and technology on archaeological excavation, preservation of artefacts, protection of heritage sites etc.

The Workshop will be structured on building/sharing knowledge through presentations, discussions, case studies, etc.  Participants will be required to prepare a Site Report/Country Report of a tangible heritage site(s) from each Member State prior to the Workshop.  The Site Reports/Country Reports will be used as case studies during discussions.  The Resource Persons participating from each Member State will lead discussions in the fields of their expertise.


This is a tentative module and will change according to the Resources Persons nominated by each Member State.
4.1    Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMP).
4.2    Site interpretation and public awareness.
4.3    Disaster preparedness for cultural heritage.
4.4    Documentation of archaeological sites.
4.5    Photo-documentation of paintings and murals.
4.6    Collection management in archaeological sites and museums.
4.7    Cultural Impact Assessments in Development Projects.


Each Member State is kindly requested to nominate a minimum of 1 Resource Person from mid to senior level professionals.  The field of expertise can be one from the list below but not limited to the fields identified below.
5.1    Archaeological Excavations
5.2    Artefact conservators (metal, terracotta, wooden, glass, etc.)
5.3    Disaster Preparedness and Management of Cultural Heritage
5.4    Collection Management
5.5    Tourism promotion of archaeological sites/tangible cultural heritage
5.6    Architectural conservation
5.7    Archaeological Surveying
5.8    Archaeological Impact Assessments
5.9    Experts on GIS and 3D modelling.


The Nominees for the Workshop may be selected from amongst diverse disciplines among Academics and Policy Makers.  Priority should be for early to mid-career level professionals involved in heritage management, policy makers and persons associated with the World Heritage Sites in the Region.  Resource Persons should be selected from mid to senior level professionals.

Academics and Scholars should include but not limited to:
•    Archaeologists,
•    Art Historians,
•    Conservators,
•    Planners,
•    Architects,
•    Curators,
•    Museologists,
•    Heritage Site Managers,
•    Persons working with national and local authorities with experience in the fields of archaeological Conservation and Preservation,
•    Tangible and Intangible Heritage Experts,
•    Managers, planners and staff of heritage sites.



7.1    Official Nominees from the Member States
The SAARC Cultural Centre invites all Member States to send a maximum of Five Official Nominations.  One of the Nominees should be a Resource Person with an expertise mentioned in No. 5 of this document (mid to senior level professionals).  The others should be early to mid-career professionals working at or in charge of a heritage site of the Member State.
•    The SAARC Cultural Centre would provide the local hospitality (Hotel accommodations on full board basis) and the local transport to all Official Nominees of the SAARC Member States (Participants / Resource Persons).

•    The Airfare of the Official Nominees of the SAARC Member States is to be borne by the respective Member State.

The Host Country can nominate a maximum of 15 Official Nominees and they will be provided with the Workshop material and the Cultural Tour and accommodation only for participants who are out of town subject to availability of budget.

7.2    Other Participants
Category A – The SAARC Cultural Centre would also accept the participation of other Participants/Resource Persons from the Member States (other than the Official Nominees of the respective SAARC Member States).  Air Travel to be borne by the participant and SCC will provide accommodation, Workshop material and the cultural tour.
•    Other Participants (Category A) Selection of Other Participants in this category will be at the discretion of the SAARC Cultural Centre depending on the availability of space.

Category B – Participants from the Host Country where the Workshop is held can participate.
•    Other Participants (Category B) from the Host country will not be provided with accommodation.
•    Selection of the Other Participants will depend on the availability of space.

7.3    Nomination Process

7.3.1    The Official Nominees will be selected by each Member State comprising of leading archaeologists, architects, planners, conservators, site managers and those working with local authorities with experience in the field of management of cultural heritage sites and persons in charge of archaeological sites (Heritage Managers) from the Member State.  Official Nominations should be submitted to the SAARC Secretariat, with the Registration Form (Annexure 1) and the Format for the Submission of Site Reports/Country Papers (Annexure 2) attached and the details requested at 7.5 of this document.

7.3.2    All Other Participants (Category A and Category B) from each Member State should forward their information (including the Annexure 1 and Annexure 2) through the respective Foreign Ministries to the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu.

7.3.3    All Applications must be sent through the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Ministry of External Affairs to the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu.  An Advance copy can be emailed to the SAARC Cultural Centre.


7.4    All Participants should include:
I.    Full Name and Affiliation of the Person and other details requested in the Registration Form attached herewith.  (Registration Form – Annexure 1)
II.    Detailed CV of the participant.
III.    Scanned Copy of Passport
IV.    The Site Report of a Tangible Heritage Site the participants (Official Nominees and Other Participants) are familiar with.  The Resource Persons may submit a general report on the Archaeology and Heritage Management of the Country if so desired.  The Site Report and Country Report should be submitted in the Submission Form attached herewith.  (Format for the Submission of Site Reports/Country Reports – Annexure 2)
V.    The Officially nominated Resource Persons are requested to prepare Country Reports (ie. Situation of the respective Member States) from the perspective of his or her expertise.  The Country Report should be submitted in the Submission Form attached herewith.  (Format for the Submission of Site Reports/Country Reports – Annexure 2)


7.5    Format for Submission of Site Reports/Country Reports
The Format for the Submission of Site Reports/Country Reports are attached as a separate document (Annexure 2).


All participants must prepare a Site Report of an Archaeological or Cultural Heritage site which you are familiar with.  These Reports will be used as case studies during the Workshop.  The Resource Persons may submit a Country Report.  Please use Annexure 2 to submit the Site Reports.  The Report must contain the following information.
8.1    Basic Information (Location – Longitude and Latitude, Country, State/Province, District, Town, Village, etc., a map of the area, etc.)
8.2    Type of Site (Religious, Administrative, Agricultural, Residential, etc.)
8.3    Authority/Ownership of the Site (Local Government, State Government, Religious Order, etc.)
8.4    Description of the Site (History, chronology, architectural details, landscape, etc.)
8.5    Current status (the number of visitors, infrastructure available for visitors, information available for visitors, etc.)
8.6    Existing publications regarding the site.
8.7    Websites which refers to this site.
8.8    Any other relevant details.


9.    Other Information
9.1         The Language of the Workshop will be English.
9.2         The Workshop material (delegate kit, tea, working lunch) as well as invitations to special events would be extended to all participants.


10.    Time Schedule for the Workshop & Site Report Submissions
Call for Participation: 20th February 2020
Deadline for accepting Nominees & Participants: To be announced
Submission of Site Reports/Country Reports: To be announced
Workshop: To be announced
Cultural Tour: To be announced


The SAARC Development Fund (SDF), established in 2005 is the umbrella financial institution of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The SDF Secretariat based in Thimphu, Bhutan undertakes and implements projects and programmes under three windows: Social, Economic and Infrastructure in fulfillment of the greater developmental goals of the SAARC region. By working with the SDF in the capacity of CEO, a person will have the opportunity of leading one of the important Specialized Bodies of SAARC and implementing regional and sub-regional projects with a view to promoting welfare of the peoples in the region.


  • Will be the chief of the operating staff of the SDF Secretariat and will be responsible for the day-to-day business of SDF under the direction of the Board of Directors (BoD);
  • Will be responsible for the management of the organization in accordance with the Rules and Regulations;
  • Steer SDF’s work, including decisions on investments, loans, guarantees and technical assistance;
  • Will be the ex-officio member of the BoD;
  • In the discharge of his/her official responsibilities, the CEO will be accountable to SDF Board;
  • Will be responsible for timely implementation and monitoring of the approved projects in close coordination with the SDF Member States and SAARC Secretariat;
  • Will be responsible for preparing and submitting Annual Report/Progress Report to the BoD in time;
  • Will be the legal representative of SDF.




A minimum of fifteen (15) years of proven track record in a financial institution of international/regional/national standing, with at least five (5) years in a senior financial management position;
Commendable grasp over the developmental challenges being faced by the SAARC Region.

Experience of dealing/working with Government agencies with respect to development and financing of projects in Social, Economic and Infrastructure Sector.


Post Graduate Degree in Finance/Business Management/Economics.

An advanced degree in Strategic Business Management would be an advantage.

Age Limit:
Should not be more than 55 years of age on 30 September 2020.

A bona fide citizen of any Member State of SAARC (i.e. Afghanistan /Bangladesh /Bhutan /India /Nepal /Maldives /Pakistan /Sri Lanka).

Remuneration and allowances:
The CEO would be paid a remuneration of US$ 6,000 [US Dollars Six Thousand (tax-free)] with accommodation, transport and other admissible allowances and benefits as per the relevant rules of SDF.

Privileges and Immunities:
The CEO may enjoy, applicable privileges and immunities, as per the Headquarters Agreement between the Royal Government of Bhutan and SDF.

The term of office of the CEO will be five years, with a possibility of extension by another term of five years, subject to conditions including age limit.

If you meet the above criteria and are confident to take up the challenge of leading SDF, please submit your application to:

Director (ARD & SDF), SAARC Secretariat, GPO Box No.: 4222, Kathmandu, Nepal

Email: or

Application Form may be downloaded from:

Application deadline: The applications must reach the SAARC Secretariat by Monday, 23 March 2020.

The SDF Governing Board will interview the short-listed candidates for final selection. The new CEO will assume charge of the office on 12 August 2020.

Internship Programme at the SAARC Cultural Centre

The SAARC Cultural Centre invites interested candidates to apply for the position of Intern – Festival Promotion and Public Relations (2) to work for its 10th edition of the SAARC Film Festival programme in May 2020. As an intern, you will be required to assist in pre-event publicity, and promotional activities during the event.

The SAARC Film Festival is a reputed and an acclaimed International Film Festival of South Asia.  The festival is known for screening and recognising some of the best films from the SAARC Member States of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Several Film experts, technicians had actively participated in the previous editions of the festival. Overtime the SAARC Film Festival showcases and inspires cultural heritage and traditions of South Asia through the medium of cinema.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Design and Conceptualization of Marketing Strategy.
  • Coordination with media (Electronic and print media).
  • Manage Social Media publicity including Facebook (FB) event page etc.
  • Evaluating public response.
  • Editing of Videos and Photos.
  • Presenting Reports.

Tenure           : One Month
Work Station: Colombo, Sri Lanka


  • Diploma/Degree/Any equivalent qualification(s) in the related field
  • Excellent Communication Skills


  • Previous experience in event management/working with international organisations.
  • Knowledge in working with Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing
  • Knowledge in Photo and Poster editing
  • Multilingual
  • Should be able to work under pressure.
  • Passionate to be part of a renowned film festival.


  • Certificate of Internship
  • Exposure from an International Event whilst widening film knowledge specific to South Asian Films
  • Access to 10th SAARC Film Festival Events

Apply no later than 05th March 2020 : Click here to download the Applicationpdf-icon
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Director, SAARC Cultural Centre pays a courtesy call on Dr. Rewant Vikram Singh, Director, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Colombo

Director, SAARC Cultural Centre paid a courtesy call on the Director, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Dr. Rewant Vikram Singh on 4th September 2019. The purpose of the visit was to brief Dr. Singh about the work and the activities of the SAARC Cultural Centre. The meeting also provided an opportunity to share the detailed tentative work plan of the SAARC Cultural Centre for the calendar year 2020. Dr. Vikram Singh expressed his willingness to collaborate in the future activities of the SAARC Cultural Centre. Mrs. Renuka Ekanayake, thanked the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre and the Government of India for the unstinted support extended to the SAARC Cultural Centre for the past nine years.