Applications for the following three positions are invited from the Nationals of SAARC Member States (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) for an appointment at SAARC Development Fund, the umbrella financial institution of the SAARC, which is located in Thimphu, Bhutan:
Position: Assistant Director, Monitoring & Evaluation
Set up and manage a robust Monitoring & Evaluation system in SDF.
Define document and manage SDF’s M&E System.
Conduct ongoing monitoring and supervision of the SDF funded projects.
To support the development and implementation of appropriate monitoring processes and systems
Maintain awareness of and support the development of monitoring processes and systems
Collate feedback and learning to support the development and regular review Projects for SAARC countries and monitoring processes and systems within SAARC.
Support the development of M&E system as a tool for effective monitoring for all programmes and project
Develop and maintain monitoring schedules for countries for all programmes and projects
Set up reminders and prompt project personnel to submit monitoring reports against schedules set for all projects and programmes
Collate and evaluate monitoring feedback and data to enable effective quality improvement across Projects
To support the effective communication of monitoring and evaluation information
Support the collation of appropriate monitoring information for incorporation in reports to management
Provide regular feedback and reports to the Director on the status of monitoring on all SDF programmes and projects
Support the work of the projects team, by providing information in agreed formats in a timely manner\
To collate and write evaluation reports in a timely manner
Report to CEO and carry out any other responsibilities assigned by him.
Qualification, skills, and experience required: Interested candidates must:
Have a Postgraduate degree in Project Management/Development/Business /Economics from an institution of International repute/recognition (a higher professional degree would be added advantage)
Minimum of 10 years of practical experience in project monitoring & evaluation;
be between 30-40 years of age
Must be a bonafide citizen of a SAARC Member State i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and
Strong written and spoken communication skills in English.
Net (tax-free) monthly salary of US$ 2,860 per month
Accommodation allowance of US$ 475 per month
Education allowance for two children up to class 12 or equivalent
Medical reimbursements for self and family
One time furnishing/ settlement allowance of US$ 2,000,
Home leave a passage for self & family once in 18 months and other admissible joining expenses reimbursements.
Duty-free purchase/import privileges in Bhutan.
The Terms of Reference (TORs) and prescribed Application Form for the above-mentioned positions are available on the SDF website click here to apply. Application Form, CV, copies of educational and experience certificates should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com latest by April 23, 2021.
In 1996, a first funding mechanism was created in SAARC, ‘South Asian Development Fund (SADF), merging the SAARC Fund for Regional Projects (SFRP) and the SAARC Regional Fund. SADF objectives were to support industrial development, poverty alleviation, protection of environment, institutional/human resource development and promotion of social and infrastructure development projects in the SAARC region. SADF started with a resource base of US$5 million (contributed on pro-rata basis by SAARC Member States), and till its closure in June 2008, had funds amounting to approx. US$ 7.0 million. Till its closure, SADF completed techno-economic feasibility studies for sixteen project studies.
During 2002-2005, SAARC Member States considered instituting various sectoral funding mechanisms e.g. Poverty Alleviation Fund, Infrastructure Fund, South Asian Development Bank, Media Development Fund, Voluntary Fund for the Differently Able Persons. A primary reason was that the existing South Asian Development Fund (SADF) was found to be inadequate i.e. in terms of required quantum of funds and its limited scope of work. In order to avoid proliferation of funds, the SAARC Financial Experts (September 2005) looked at the entire gamut of issues relating to funding of SAARC projects and programmes; and, amongst others, agreed that in lieu of proliferating sectoral financing mechanisms, the SADF be reconstituted into the SAARC Development Fund (SDF). And, SDF would have a permanent Secretariat, with three Windows (Social, Economic, Infrastructure). The Thirteenth SAARC Summit (Dhaka, 12-13 November 2005) finally decided to reconstitute the SADF into SDF to serve as the “umbrella financial mechanism” for all SAARC projects and programmes.
The Social Window would primarily focus poverty alleviation and social development projects. The Infrastructure Window would cover projects in the areas namely energy, power, transportation, telecommunications, environment, tourism and other infrastructure areas. The Economic Window would primarily be devoted to non-infrastructural funding.