Thursday, March 13, 2014
My Personal and Professional Profile - Raj K Pandey (MBS, MA, MPA)
MY PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PROFILE Raj K Pandey (MBS, MA, MPA) (I) MY PROFESSIONAL SYNOPSIS (A) Basic Information (1) I started my professional career in 1990 at the age of exactly 16 with: (i) Save the Children Norway (Redd Barna); (ii) Japan Medical Association (JMA)/School and Community Health Project (SCHP); (iii) UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID)/Rural Access Program (RAP); (iv) United Nations Population Fund, Country Technical Services Team for South and West Asia (UNFPA CST for SAWA Countries); (v) Himalaya Broadcasting Company (HBC) Radio Station; (vi) Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers through Strengthening the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Project funded by DFID under the UK Aid; (vii) DFID/Enabling State Program-Nepal; (viii) United Nations Children Fund/Regional Office for South Asia (UNICEF/ROSA); (ix) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/International Federation of Electoral System (IFES); (x) USAID/National Democratic Institute (NDI); (xi) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); and (xii) Asian Development Bank (ADB)/Nepal Residence Mission. (2) I have involved in a dozen of the international organizations during more than two decades of my progressive professional careers, covering multilateral (UN Agencies - -UNFPA and UNICEF Regional Offices, ADB Nepal Residence Mission); bilateral (JICA Nepal Office); unilateral (Japan Medical Association); international non-governmental organization (Save the Children Norway); private sector (HBC Radio); and bilateral donor funded projects/programs under the UK Government’s DFID and American Government’s USAID cooperation. Moreover, I feel proud as my duty station was at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at the PM Office of Nepal in order to implement the Strengthening the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Project under the UK Aid through DFID. (3) I am, therefore, able to clearly understand the governmental working procedures and practices at centre, where I directly worked with GON’s line ministries/departments as well as commissions, judiciary, legislative and executive bodies. I have also worked with different district based GON headquarters as well as grassroots level urban and rural local bodies, specifically VDCs, CBOs, I/NGOs, development partners, etc., while implementing programs/projects at the field level throughout my tenure with 12 previous employers, where I actively participated as a team member for the several missions, researches, supervisions, trainings, monitoring and evaluations, needs assessments, situation analysis and other many project related activities both for programme/technical as well as administrative/operational purposes such as internal auditing, etc. (4) I have successfully completed fourteen different administrative and programme related designations covering from supportive role such as receptionist to secretarial, assistant, officer, supervisory, consultancy and up to acting project coordinator levels in different time periods, where I had been implicated from administrative/operational to programme/technical roles. I have worked for the most backward rural communities at the grassroots level including urban population in approximately forty-five districts as well as with the district headquarters and central Government of Nepal since 1990. (B) Trainings and Seminars (5) I have attended approximately 40 short-term training courses and participated on many learning opportunities, particularly seminars and workshops in order to enhance my career with the international organizations. Moreover, I have also actively worked as a team member with my previous employers in order to provide supports and facilitate the international, regional and national level training courses, seminars and workshops in past 24 years. I have developed a reading habit of different kinds of books, literatures and journals to make my know-how stronger, which contributed for my career as well as broaden the positive mindset to maintain the optimistic personality in my entire life. (C) Higher Education (6) I used to regularly study various kinds of literatures in different subject matters up to 2:00-3:00am in every day to quench my deep-rooted learning hunger from the childhood of my life. As a result, I used to be always the first or second boy in all classes in my entire school education and class monitor to control the class-mates in case of absence of teachers, which directly contributed me to shape my nature for the self-confidence, hard working and democratic leadership qualities in my present life. As far as my pedagogical background is concerned, I have obtained Double Masters Degree i.e. Masters in Business Studies (MBS) and MA Rural Development, both in the first divisions. Moreover, I have also completed my third master degree in the Public Administration (MPA), although I have one back paper for the certification. If feasible, I have simultaneously made my mind to enroll for the MPhil course as well to upgrade myself for the PhD in a long run of my life, which is one of the most pertinent dreams. (D) My Life’s Journey (7) My father and mother tied social-knot in their home district in Gulmi (hilly region), which is also my birth place, where I spent up to the age of my four years. Letter on, I spent two years in Gorakhpur’s army camp including Nicharaul in UP/Bihar of India. Moreover, I spent additional four years of my childhood in my own home town in Triveni Bazaar, Nawalparashi district (terai belt). Similarly, I spent my childhood after the age of ten years in different places of Lalitpur/Kathmandu, both in the rural and urban areas of the capital, since I was grown-up in this valley from the age of ten. I migrated to Kathmandu from my hometown when I was 10 years in 1984 and still living at the same place particularly around the periphery of Jawalakhel, Lalitpur area. (8) I have intensively travelled and spent quality times with the various communities, casts, creeds and religions across India and Nepal. I have visited 45 rural and urban districts in Nepal and thoroughly travelled many parts of Indian cities including Tibet, Thailand, Singapore and Philippines. Similarly, I have closely worked with the different nationalities of many countries with previous employers, who are multilateral, bilateral and unilateral organizations in development sector based in Kathmandu, Nepal. (9). Subsequently, I am able to understand easily different natives’ dialects, cultures, customs, practices and life styles among the diversified communities in India and Nepal as well as other parts of the world. I, therefore, can easily mix-up with the various casts, creeds, religions, and ideologies. Such kind of open mindset made me liberal minded and respect for the co-existence of other people as nothing is above the humanitarian sentiment on this planet. I am, therefore, can easily adopt with the local situations and diversified groups of people with different values and ethos in life, which is a basic requirement to work in a team for the client orientation in the competitive world, where individuals may have own personalities that will be the human resource assets for any organizations, if we can properly manage them for the institutional benefit purpose. (E) My Extra Skills (10) I can independently support for the trainings, seminars and workshops; conduct interviews; I can draft articles, journals, reports, proposals as well as poems/songs after necessary literature review; translate documents from Nepali to English and vice versa; delivery of lectures for the students from school level to masters degree courses after proper preparation; prepare research report/data presentation; focus group discussions; communication, coordination, liaison and other administrative as well as programme related responsibilities as per organizational requirements because I can update and upgrade myself immediately for the assigned responsibilities to fit in the new roles. (F) My Cumulative Experience (11) I always tried to be a generic and accordingly groomed myself from my very early childhood to be a flexible in my life as well as professional careers in order to adjust with the existing circumstances and market demand. I persistently attempted to broaden my horizons in life and never confined myself within a limited framework. I, therefore, have successfully worked in fourteen different positions with a dozen of organizations and happily experienced the job assignments both in the administrative/operational as well as programme/technical fields. Moreover, being a student under the multiple disciplines, particularly three masters degree holder in the mainstream subjects of management, rural development and the public administration courses, I can competently work for the administration, management, operational, finance, accounts, business, development, economics, communication, coordination, reporting, planning, budgeting, staffing, research and any other socio-economic and psycho-social developmental sectors. (12) Furthermore, to be more specific, I can independently handle multiple capacities in cross-cutting sectors viz receptionist, secretary, assistant, analyst, officer, supervisor, coordinator, specialist, manager, director, etc., which is directly depend on the nature and volume of the organization, annual operational turnover and number of employees. (G) My Working Strategies (13) I am extremely punctual in my commitments and never leave the work place until completion of the assigned responsibilities despite working late hours and weekend. I am single so that I can spend any hours of my personal time for the timely completion of the allocated tasks and meet the official deadlines. I have understood the value of time and priorities management in the work place. I try my best for the clients’ orientation, team work, shared organizational visions, missions and goals to achieve the institutional targets. I never compromise for the quality outputs and delivery of the timely results in my performance in the modern result-based management system. As the performance based evaluation process is the best indicator for the assessment of the performance in a team. I prefer for the knowledge sharing, open communication, flexibility and mutual respects among the team members to be a team player. I always stress to work in a system approach for the institutional memory to enhance the sustainable development. (II) INSTITUTIONAL EXPERIENCE (H) Save the Children Norway (14) My first professional career started at the age of precisely 16 on 1 January 1990 with Save the Children Norway. Consequently, I always tried to groom and train myself as the competent employee to meet the international quality outputs, which is necessary for the performance based evaluation for any international organizations. During my early teenage and younger age, I used to work for 18-19 hours in a day and used to sleep merely for 4-5 hours. I worked very hard in the office during normal official time and side by side, I continued my further education simultaneously from night/morning school/college, although my job and education were full time basis. Moreover, I used to attend several training courses officially as well as personally to upgrade my knowledge and skills for the better performance and upgrade the career ladders for the future. (15) Subsequently, Save the Children Norway not only promoted me three times in different administrative positions, but also I was able to learn the human/people centric Scandinavian/Norwegian management style based on the human welfare, which is necessary everywhere. I was a book-worm during my early teenage so that I could not focus in any other unproductive fields in my life. Working with Save the Children Norway for nearly eight years supported me to learn regarding basic functioning of I/NGOs and Community Based Organizations (CBOs), which is a permanent asset for me to clearly understand the insight of I/NGOs/CBOs operations in Nepal. (16) I visited different project implemented districts in Nepal during my tenure with Save the Children Norway, which enhanced my knowledge level to understand the grassroots level communities in different projects. I started my career as a receptionist and was upgraded for the secretarial and administrative assistant related activities, where I involved for the administrative support related jobs for the central office as well as for ten self-implemented programs/projects scattered in ten districts of Nepal. I was involved for the procurement, logistics, finance, store handling, records keeping, invoice inspections, vehicle management, property management, project visits for the internal auditing and providing necessary supports for the programme, training and human resource departments as per necessary. Save the Children Norway groomed me and facilitated for my human resource development since at the age of 17 in 1991, Save the Children Norway encouraged me to enroll in the night school and financed my school education, too for an initial year. Hence, I enrolled in grade seven in a night school at Naxal, Kathmandu at the age of 17, which runs from 5:30pm to 10:00pm every night. (17) I used to return home from school at around 11:00pm and after dining I used to do home works and school assignments up to 2:00-3:00am daily. Consequently, I was never second even in the night school from grade seven to ten so that my school fee was waved for three years. I completed my school leaving certificate (SLC) with the first division at the age of 21 in 1995, whereas I was a regular employee at the age of 16 in 1990 with Save the Children Norway. It clearly indicates that how laborious I was during my teenage. Moreover, I completed my intermediate in commerce (I Com) from a reputed morning college in Pakanajol, Kathmandu, where I used to reach at 6:00am sharp in the morning and used to join the office at 9:00am sharp in Jawalakhel. (18) However, the Social Welfare Council (SWC) issued a directive in late ninety to all international non-governmental organizations based in Nepal to work in a partnership basis with the local NGOs/CBOs. Subsequently, Save the Children Norway including other Nepal based INGOs, shut-down their self-implemented programs/projects in the field level and initiated to work through local partners. Save the Children Norway was also on the process of redundant its nearly 200 employees as well as administrative staff from the central office in Kathmandu. I, including other staff, therefore, explored the jobs in the market and I was lucky enough that I found a new job in the Japan Medical Association (JMA) before staff restructuring process was implemented in Redd Barna. When I was teenage, I had heard about hard working nature of Japanese people so that I also used to dream to work with the Japanese communities since it could influence me and my nature to be similar to Japanese in terms of hard work. My several years of dream eventually came true after few years, when I joined the Japanese organization. (I) Japan Medical Association (JMA) (19) My experience and know-how under Norwegian management proved very useful, while I worked with the Japan Medical Association (JMA) to implement the School and Community Health Project throughout 16 VDCs of Kavrepalanchowk district in Nepal. (20) I worked at the central and field offices to supervise the several project related activities and quality delivery of the services for the grassroots level communities. JMA, subsequently, promoted me twice due to my best performance in the entire pilot project across 16 rural VDCs. Japanese management taught me for the hard work, quality outputs and never say no for the assigned jobs, despite difficult circumstances. I was lucky enough to directly work in the programme/technical team for JMA’s pilot project. I visited several districts with Japanese team members and experts in order to facilitate the structured research and studies on several socio-economic sectors, both in hilly and terai districts as per instructions of Japan Medical Association’s Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. I was able to directly interact with the several urban and rural communities in Nepal. At the same time, I had enrolled in a morning campus for my further education. (21) However, due to several field visits, I was not able to regularly attend the morning college from 6:00am-9:00am so that I felt that my education was deteriorating then past. I, therefore, explored a new job in the administration field, especially Kathmandu based job and I was lucky that I found an administrative job, which was based in Kathmandu. However, Japan Medical Association (JMA) taught me hard working nature and I was able to understand the programs directly, where I understood Japanese people, too. (J) UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) (22) My cumulative knowledge, skills and experience under Norwegian and Japanese management proved a milestone in my career graph to look after the Administration Department under the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) funded Rural Access Program (RAP) during RAP project designing phase. I successfully facilitated for the administrative activities for two years’ RAP project design period, where I closely worked with a dozens of British expectorates and international specialists for the rural access related project design activities. The British management taught me for the flexible management style in the work place. Further, I directly supported for the set-up of the new project, purchasing furniture and other required office materials to launch the new office. I contributed to develop the administrative forms and other necessary procedures from the very project inception phase. The entire project team members were newly recruited so that the multidisciplinary operational and programme team members contributed their know-how for the smooth project operation. (23) After completion and submission of Nepal’s RAP project design outputs to the DFID Headquarters in UK, the project bridging phase was very long due to the lengthy governmental procedures, negotiations and high level policy dialogues between the Government of UK and Nepal, which took few years for finalization in order to initiate the project implementation phase. The UK based WSP International, Oxford Policy Management and University of East Angelia including Switzerland based Helvetas, who had jointly worked out to design the project, formally decided to redundant all RAP project designing team members and officially closed the project for the design phase. I learned the bilateral working procedures fist time from the DFID/RAP under UK aid. (K) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (24) I started a job at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)/Country Technical Services Team for South and West Asia (CST for SAWA) Countries. I was fortunate to closely work with the multilateral agency under the United Nations (UN) systems and its regional and international experts, who were based in Kathmandu. I closely worked with the several expectorates of the different countries and tried to understand the UN system of working procedures. However, I was in the last year of my bachelor level of education and final examination was ahead, but I had not prepared for the exam so that I decided to resign from the job to properly prepare for my graduation examination, where I succeeded to complete the bachelors in business studies education on time. (L) Himalayan Broadcasting Corporation (HBC) Radio (25) I joined the radio station next day after leaving the job with the UNFPA/CST for SAWA Countries as the job with the radio was not hectic as compared to UN system so that I could prepare my examination side by side. It was my childhood dream to talk on the radio since in our time television was not common as today. Moreover, the FM Radio stations were mushrooming in Kathmandu and it was an honor to work in the media. However, all most all radio stations used to air commercial and entertainment related programs, but I tried to change the market trends and focused for production of the development related issues. My socio-economic and psycho-socio related radio programs on the national and international burning issues were proved most popular one among the intellectuals and academia group of listeners across the countryside. (M) Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (PM Office) (26) However, after working for one year, I internally realized that the national anthem and power of words to influence the general pubic in a hungry stomach does not work efficiently and effectively as there is no any precious wealth on this planet than food. I, therefore, explored the place, which could feed me and my family because any places, where there is guarantee for the quality of livelihoods and easy life styles are the mother land for us. I, therefore, applied for a new job and I was ultimately selected to implement the Strengthening the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Project under the UK Aid, where me and a Project Coordinator were only team members to complete the overall project assignments through the UK Government’s DFID, which was a satellite project of the Enabling State Programme Nepal under DFID cooperation for Nepal. My duty station was based in the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, where we closely worked with the senior level government’s beaurocrates and political appointees. At the final stage of the project completion, there was a huge political turmoil in Nepal, where seven changes of the government in two years were taken place and then king took over for the direct rule. The DFID Headquarters in UK, therefore, shut down the project including other two governance and democracy related projects immediately after takeover of ruling by then king in Nepal. (N) DFID/Enabling State Programme Nepal (27) The Strengthening the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Project was a satellite project of the DFID/Enabling State Programme Nepal. After shut down of the project, DFID/ESP recruited me in order to clean-up the project activities and formally hand over the outputs to the PM Office, where my main responsibilities were to coordinate and liaison between DFID/ESP and PM Office. I was deployed at the PM Office to represent the DFID/ESP, where I was a bridging person between the PM Office and DFID/ESP senior officials until complete phased out of the project. (O) United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)/Regional Office for South Asia (28) I was recruited under a special service contract in order to provide full supports for the international level seminars/workshops and compilation of social data/information from the South Asian Countries through internet/Google. Moreover, I translated series of Government of Nepal’s policies and social sector related documents into English in order to distribute them as working papers for the international participants, who were taking part as the representation of specialized UN Agencies from different countries. Moreover, I supported UNICEF/ROSA’s Social Department for the secretarial, logistical and administrative activities in order to smoothly facilitate the international events. (P) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/NDI (29) United State Agency for International Development (USAID)/National Democratic Institute (NDI) worked for Nepal in order to strengthen the democratic process so that USAID/NDI provided series of democratic and human rights related training courses for the most senior and central committee leaders of the major political parties viz. Nepali Congress (NC), Communist Party of Nepal/United Marxist and Leninist (CPN/UML), Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and Nepal Sadvawana Party. Moreover, USAID/NDI also conducted a workshop for Women Member of Parliaments (MPs) from all political parties of Nepal. The same workshop laid a foundation stone and conception for 33% women reservations in all governmental sectors in Nepal for equity and equality for all. (30) For this purpose, all women MPs from all political parties formed a “Women MPs Caucus” for an action in order to lobby and advocacy at the parliament as well as policy formulation, which has been common agenda for all in these days in Nepal. USAID/NDI had recruited me in providing supports for all the training courses for the major political parties and women MPs committee formation workshop, where I worked as a translator and training/workshop note taker/rappotear, which I successfully completed. I prepared and submitted a series of training/workshop reports and translated several documents for the training courses and workshop. On the same trainings and workshop, I was able to clearly understand the functioning of the major political parties in Nepal as well as status of the women MPs in the existing political parties at that particular time. (Q) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/IFES (31) USAID/International Federation of Electoral System (IFES) was on the process of launching its project activities in Nepal, especially on the cooperation and partnership basis with the Election Commission of Nepal. I supported to the team of the American international experts as a local staff during very conception and inception phase in order to arrange necessary meetings/interactions with the different stakeholders, particularly senior government officials at the different GON ministries/departments, media, election commission, civil societies, etc. Moreover, I translated many relevant documents into English in order to support for the project inception phase and also report about the status of Nepalese politics at the time of local election during king’s direct rue. Letter on, USAID/IFES had offered me for Administrative Officer job, when the project was finally materialized, but at that specific time, I had already started a new job with JICA Nepal Office so that I could not accept job offer and my relationship with IFES discontinued. (R) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (32) I worked with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Nepal Office in order to look after the human security of all JICA staff members and its volunteers, who are deployed across the countryside in multiple sectors. I used to prepare daily, weekly and monthly reports, mainly related with the security situations as well as political issues in order to present for the senior management on weekly basis. On the basis of my security briefing/update, JICA Nepal Office used to report to the Embassy of Japan and accordingly used to issue the travel advisory and security measures for the Japanese citizens based in Nepal. I also visited some districts in order to assess the local security situations across the countryside, where I used to prepare security related reports after consultations at the district headquarters with CDOs, DPOs, media and civil societies. (S) Asian Development Bank (ADB) (33) I moved to the Asian Development Bank (ADB)/Nepal Residence Mission and worked for nearly four years, where I mainly supported administrative and operational activities. I supported several workshops, seminars, trainings, missions for coordination and communication activities including daily clerical work for the smooth operation of ADB/Nepal Residence Mission. I closely worked with 35 ADB funded programs/projects and government counterparts at the different ministries/departments. I also attended training courses in ADB Headquarters, Manila and participated on many online training courses under ADB system since the entire operational activities are under direct control by ADB Headquarters. I closely worked and politely interacted with the citizens of more than 50 counties, who are employees with ADB. I clearly understood the functioning of multilateral organizations and I went through several developmental literatures published by ADB on the basis of ADB operation across Asian countries. I highly benefitted in terms of learning and earning, while working with ADB. However, my job was for three years fixed-term basis, but one additional year was extended for me. (III) MY PERSONALITIES AND LIFE STYLES (T) Extroverted Personality (34) Openness: My general personality traits keep on changing from extroverted to introverted, which depends on the nature of the target audience and subject matters for discussions. I am a liberal minded, independent, honest, talkative and extroverted person. I often trust people very easily, but they exploit my gentleness, soberness and softness for their own vested interests, which makes me sad. I prefer simple life with the better human capital for own inner satisfaction purpose. I respect women and men who are simple, gentle and liberal, although I prefer straight forward persona and speak of mind. However, I disgust liars, hypocrites, arrogant and sadist persons as they are good for nothing for others. I am extremely transparent and I do mostly speak-out of my mind. I am honest in dealings and do not like hanky-panky nature from others, too. I am very much gender sensitive person and highly respect the women for their royal qualities. (35) Hobbies: I prefer to review diversified types of literatures, especially philosophy, management, spirituality, development, sociology, psychology, economics, politics and generalized news and views on national and international burning issues on daily basis. I regularly watch movies - - documentaries, arts and commercial films. I mostly listen all kinds of music from western to eastern. I like travelling new places with the like minded friends for an exposure from different ethnicities across the countryside. (36) Attributes: I am a self-disciplined, self-made, self-developed and self-directed person without guidance from anybody in life. I dreamed, visualized and worked hard to materialize my visions, goals and aims, which made me active, laborious and confident to cope the difficult challenges and circumstances in the course of my life. On the other hand, when I was in my early teenage and younger age, I used to work exceptionally hard both for my professional career as well as education. I was able to work for up to 18-19 hours daily in those struggle periods and used to sleep merely for 4-5 hours. (37) Hence, I continued full time job and education simultaneously. However, when I get leisure time in these days, particularly during weekend, I simply enjoy for — laying on bed; traveling around countryside; reading newspapers; listening music; working in a computer for writing something; dine delicious meals; chatting, sharing and joking on generic issues with all family members, especially two sisters and old mother, who are living around my house; reviewing literature/reports; and watching latest movies/TV. (38) Strength: I am a determined laborious person for my set goals, which makes me feel exhausted and burnt-out. Consequently, I can hardly get pleasures from the ground reality in case of failures in hard work. I am, however, not a perfect household manager, particularly for cooking, laundry, ironing and other domestic works as I never practiced such activities in my entire life due to the sufficient love and take care rendered by my mother/sisters, although I am highly organized and well managed person at home. (39) Bad Habits: I prefer non-veg meals (mutton/chicken/fish) that I must control as far as possible. I am lazy for the regular exercise, which I must improve soon. I prefer for an informal academic knowledge sharing with like minded friends in different subject matters, but I can hardly manage free time for friends and social circles. Consequently, I mostly feel loneliness so that I interact with books and media to avoid my emptiness. (IV) MY FAMILY BACKGROUND (U) The Community Root (40) The Aryan communities across the Indian sub-continent had migrated from the present Middle East, especially from current Persia and Iraq. Consequently, all existing Brahmin/Chhetri communities, who presently dwell throughout Nepal, arrived routed through eastern and western parts of Indo-Nepal boarders. The Pandey community also had entered towards the territory of present Nepal from Nainital, India in approximately sixteen century and settled down in the western regions, which were different minor kingdoms under several rulers around 240 years ago in the history of Nepal. (41) The origin of our roots/forefathers is around the periphery of Palpa/Gulmi/Gorkha districts, who had served for the different independent kingdoms and rulers across the country, particularly for army and priest professions, and contributed for the unification of the country. However, the younger generations in the modern unified Nepal, selected several occupations and initiated to migrate in different places all over the country and scattered around the world. I, therefore, was also originally born in Gulmi, but grown-up in Nawalparashi, Lalitpur and Kathmandu valley including some places of India. (V) Social Background (42) Regarding my social background, I am single (never married); Chhetri (father Pandey and mother Basnet); date of birth 17 April 1974; Aries in western but tiger as per Chinese calendars; Kasyap Gotra; 60 kg weight; height 5'3' with fair complexion. I am only son with two married and one single sister including 75 years old mother. Our father used to be local level politician in Susta VDC during his youth up to 1970, which is nostalgia for us in these days. (43) On the other hand, he used to be an Indian retired army with the pension from India and mother is housewife. They both used to live in hometown (Tribeni Bazaar, Nawalparashi) to look after home and land and quarterly used to visit us for a week as well as collecting their pension from Indian embassy in Kathmandu. However, our father expired in 2012 at the age of 75. Subsequently, my 75 years old mother is currently living with us at Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. Our two older sisters have been already settled down in Kathmandu, but I and my small sister have not tied a social knot, yet. (W) Economic Background (44) I represent the working class economy--I must work for my own as well as family members’ livelihoods. Currently, I have some hundreds of books in the name of visible property in my own name with a four-roomed newly constructed cemented home with the tropical based fruits garden in 3.5 kattha of land including some pieces of farmland (1 hector = 1.5 bigha = 30 kattha = 20 ropani) to produce rice, wheat, maize and any other cash crops in the Tarai belt of Nepal--Tribeni Bazaar, which is situated at Indo-Nepal boarder, near Bardaghat, Nawalparashi, Lumbini -- which is an outcome of purely my personal incomes! However, three local families are looking after these properties. (X) The Values for Life (45) My father (Pandey Chhetri) was an Indian retired army and all my three maternal uncles (Basnet Chhetri) also were involved for the Indian army background. Moreover, our traditional family backgrounds, both from father and mother’s side majority of males, were conventionally implicated in Nepal army service from several generations in the past. As a result, my parents, particularly my mother groomed me and my three sisters under a very strict social disciplines and clear value systems for life. I am, therefore, self-disciplined and guided by certain core values and norms in life - - never give up challenges, but fight for the target - - due to the direct influence of the parental army backgrounds from several generations in my family members. (Y) My Childhood History (46) Prior to my birth, my father was able to secure army pension in his middle age due to a minor injury on his hand. He had invested his life’s entire incomes in acquiring properties in Susta VDC, Nawalparashi district, which is a conflict territory between India and Nepal even today. Moreover, then Government of Nepal had also distributed free land to migrate the hilly communities in the plain land under fifteen resettlement programs in some Terai districts in early sixty. However, my mother and her all children were in the native district in the inherent property of our forefathers. However, my father wanted additional children, especially sons in order to manage his newly acquired huge chunk of land in Terai and also ensure for secured future through sons during his elderly age, which is a common phenomenon in the developing counties in my father’s time. (47) With the verbal consent of my mother, he tied a knot with the second wife and was blessed with four additional sons from my second mother. However, letter on, I was also conceived in the womb of my mother as a second son of my father, who contributed total 9 children from two wives in the mobs of 7 billion plus population on this planet. Moreover, my father was a local influential leader and an opinion former in his station during his youth as he was a knowledgeable army with the pension from India including some exposures to the outside world in those times among villagers. (48) He was able to manage and influence the local politics and coordinate with the district headquarters so that local illiterate people used to be his blind flowers as he was also an affluent person in the entire Susta VDC as compared to backward people. (49) However, the greatest natural disaster, caused by Narayani river flood, in early seventy in Nepal, made all dwellers of Susta VDC totally home and landless and local people became overnight hopeless due to an unexpected will of super natural forces. Albeit, then Government of Nepal relocated and resettled all sufferers in the different localities in Nawalparashi district, although those unfortunate people were never able to overcome from their poverty line and the course of life of our all family members altered forever for the struggle, which affected for the whole life of mine and other siblings. (Z) My Struggle for Survival (50) As a result, time-to-time, my school education used to be interrupted as I was in the economical struggle phase from the very early childhood of my life. I supported my own living from the age of 10, when I had independently started a tiny-shop without acquiring even a rupee seed-fund from my parents, which makes me feel proud now. Albeit, it might be the demand of those difficult reversed circumstances and negative fate of my own life, I went through several hardship moments caused by the financial crisis for the survival in my life. However, I acquired a million dolor lessons to be flexible and accept the challenges even in the reversed situations in the course of life, which is a great lesson for my entire life to cope the difficulties at any time until our death. A person can be better understood at the time of critical moments since how to survive during miseries is the best education, which none of the universities can teach us. (51) I left my hometown at the age of 10 and started to work hard for the envisioned dreams in life: finding a source of income for livelihoods, improve the quality of life and acquire an education to use as a means to eradicate the financial hardships caused by the lack of economic resources in life, when I had merely completed class 6 at the age of 10. However, immediately, my mother and sisters also joined me and we collectively started a struggle for the survival at the periphery of Jawalakhel, Lalitpur district. Up to the age of 16, my formal education was totally discontinued due to the first priority for my own as well as family members’ livelihoods, albeit I used to self study different kinds of books for whole mid-night on daily basis and updated knowledge about the burning issues in order to portray myself as an intellectual for outsiders with an expectation that people will respect me, if I am knowledgeable, rational and logical in any debates and discourses, which made a very strong positive image and impacts among locals. (52) Consequently, books and other source of knowledge/information unconsciously have became my best friends even today so that reading habit has been converted as a part of my daily life. We are what we repeatedly feed our minds. I have regularly fed my mind with the knowledge and information throughout my life. I am, therefore, often able to convince most of the people through rational discussions on selected topics. (53) Hence, many people, who are in my close networks and social circles, enjoy my company, and they approach me and seek for an appropriate solution of their problems, which has taught me that we must prove our capacities in front of the people. Nobody will search you without any specific causes, but if you are a proper solution of their problems/needs, they will definitely approach you and seek solutions from you even at your retirement life as you are the pleasure giver for them by properly mentoring people. (54) Finally, my mother and father happily reunited after few years of volatile marital relationship caused by economic hardships. After a decade of my career, I constructed a home and purchased a piece of land for them in hometown so that both my parents were satisfactorily living together. However, my father expired due to the asthma at the age of seventy-five in 2012, despite better medical efforts to save him. (55) I have realized that visible properties and momentary achievements, which we consider as the goals in our life, is simply an illusion and mirage on our minds, but natural truth is the only reality for all creatures including human being on this planet. We must survive happily for the fullest life until the Mother Nature asks us to leave this planet. But, the greatest war in this world is the war within yourself because everything is within your mind to choose the happiness or sadness in the course of the entire life. (V) ANNEXES Appendix (A): Why I Consider Myself as the Best Candidate for This Job? (1) (i) I have successfully worked in a dozen of the international organizations and fourteen administrative and program related designations in more than two decades; (ii) I have intensively travelled 45 districts of Nepal including major cities of India, Tibet, Thailand, Singapore and Philippines; (iii) I have obtained three masters degree with the first divisions from multiple disciplines; (iv) I have attended 40 training courses and 20 workshops/seminars; (v) I can speak half dozen languages; (vi) I can easily fit for any responsibilities and adjust with reversed circumstances; (vii) I can work even in hardship to complete the assigned task on time; (viii) I have in-depth knowledge, proven skills, practical experience and positive attitude for the applied job; (ix) I am punctual, team player, self-disciplined and work-holic person; and (x) I can work with the different walks-of-life and professional teams. These are the major reasons that I consider myself as the most deserving candidate for this applied job in your reputed organization and I will certainly prove myself, if I am given an opportunity to work with your team. Appendix (B): My Job Application (1) Please find herewith the enclosed my resume and other supporting documents for your kind reference and consideration for the applied position. With due respect and humble submission, I hereby represent myself as a candidate and submit the job application for your perusal. (2) I have working experience since 1990 with : (i) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); (ii) UK Government’s DFID/Enabling State Program-Nepal; (iii) Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers through DFID/Strengthening Project: Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers; (iv) Himalaya Broadcasting Company (HBC) Radio Station; (v) United Nations Population Fund, Country Technical Services Team for South and West Asia (UNFPA, CST for SAWA Countries); (vi) DFID/Rural Access Program (RAP); (vii) Japan International Co-operation Agency/Japan Medical Association (JICA/JMA) funded School and Community Health Project (SCHP); and (viii) Save the Children-Norway (previously Redd Barna, Norwegian semi-government international humanitarian organization and a founder member of the International Save the Children Alliance). (3) Moreover, I was also implicated as a Consultant for two years with the (i) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/National Democratic Institute (NDI); (ii) USAID/International Federal of Electoral System (IFES); and (iii) United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)/Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA). Recently, I was working with the Asian Development Bank (ADB)/Nepal Residence Mission for nearly four years up to 31 September 2012. (4) I am a Double Masters Degree holder in: (i) Masters Degree in Business Studies (MBS); and (ii) Masters Degree in Rural Development (MA). (5) Further, I have also completed my third Master Degree in Public Administration Course (with 1 back paper i.e. statistics). (6) I have also attended some professional training courses to upgrade myself for the result-oriented performance with a reputed organization like yours. (7) I am looking forward to hear from you for a positive response for an interview in the near future. Appendix (C): My Curriculum-Vitae PERSONAL INFORMATION Name: Raj K Pandey (Mr.) Date of Birth: April 17, 1974 Marital Status: Single Nationality: Nepalese Address (Permanent): Triveni-2, Triveni Susta VDC, Nawalparashi, Lumbini, Nepal Address (Current): Nayabasti-6, Nakhu, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Bagmati, Nepal Languages: Nepali, English, Hindi, Maithali, Bhojpuri, Awadi and Newari Education: Masters (i) Business Studies (MBS); and (ii) MA Rural Development Area Visited: India, Tibet, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and 45 districts of Nepal CAREER SUMMARY Raj K Pandey started his career in January 1990 with Save the Children-Norway (then Redd Barna), a founder member of International Save the Children Alliance. He also upgraded himself with education, knowledge and skills. Consequently, Save the Children-Norway not only groomed him properly but also promoted twice in admin support capacities during his tenure from January 1990 to November 1997. He moved to the Japan International Cooperation Agency/Japan Medical Association (JICA/JMA) funded School and Community Health Project (SCHP) as a technical staff and worked with JICA/JMA from 1997-October 1999. JICA/JMA also promoted him within 8 months of his services. He worked there directly with the backward grassroots communities in rural areas of Nepal, and acquired practical fieldwork experience from community-based development programs along with project management. During October 1999-October 2001, he worked with the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) funded Rural Access Programme (RAP) as an Administrative Officer. From very inception of RAP project designing phase, he engaged in admin support jobs for project management, administration, logistics arrangement, accounts keeping and office set-up for GBP30 million’s project. From 2001, he worked with the interdisciplinary group of regional and international experts at UNFPA, Country Technical Services Team for South and West Asia (CST/SAWA Countries). He rendered his general services to the advisory group of Consultants that composed from different UN Agencies. During May 2002-May 2003, he produced & presented informative, educative and advocacy oriented; society focused; interactive radio programs called "Our Concerns" and “Development’s Friend” with HBC94FM Radio. He mainly advocated about the public concerned national burning issues on socio-economy, development, governance, human rights, minority, gender, children, etc. that are related with the civil societies. During May 2003-December 2004, he worked with the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers under the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) funded Strengthening the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Project, based in the PM’s Office of Nepal. From January-June 2005, he worked with the DFID/Enabling State Program-Nepal, based in the PM’s Office to handover the outcomes, clean-up and phase-out the project activities under Strengthening the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Project funded by UK Government’s DFID. From July 2005-May 2007, he implicated as a Consultant for United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/National Democratic Institute; USAID/International Federal of Electoral System (IFES) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)/Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA). During June 2007-September 2008, he worked with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Nepal Office, particularly for the human security of JICA staff, Japanese JOCV volunteers and Missions. From October 2008 – September 2012, he worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB)/Nepal Resident Mission (NRM) to provide general supports for the ADB funded Programs/Projects under ADB Grant/Loan/TA for the Government of Nepal. However, at present, he is unemployed and exploring a job in the market for the livelihoods of his own as well as family members as he represents the working class economy to sustain for the daily life in Kathmandu. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE S N Duration Designation Employer From To 1 31 Dec 2010 30 Sep 2012 Operations Assistant Asian Development Bank (ADB)/NRM 2 30 Sep 2008 31 Dec 2010 Administrative Assistant Asian Development Bank (ADB)/NRM 3 31 May 2007 30 Sep 2008 Area Security Officer Japan International Cooperation Agency 4 30 Jun 2005 31 May 2007 Freelancer Consultant USAID/IFES, NDI and UNICEF/ROSA 5 31 Dec 2004 30 Jun 2005 Act Project Coordinator DFID/Enabling State Programme Nepal 6 15 May 2003 31 Dec 2004 Project Officer Office of the Prime Minister (DFID/ESP) 7 15 May 2002 15 May 2003 Producer/Radio Anchor Himalaya Broadcasting Company (HBC) 8 01 Dec 2001 15 May 2002 Office Secretary UNFPA, CST for SAWA Countries 9 15 Oct 1999 31 Oct 2001 Administrative Officer DFID/Rural Access Programme (RAP) 10 30 Jul 1998 15 Oct 1999 Jr. Programme Officer JICA/Japan Medical Association (SCHP) 11 01 Dec 1997 30 Jul 1998 Technical Supervisor JICA/Japan Medical Association (SCHP) 12 01 Feb 1995 01 Dec 1997 Administrative Assistant Save the Children Norway (Redd Barna) 13 15 Oct 1993 01 Feb 1995 Logistics Secretary Save the Children Norway (Redd Barna) 14 01 Jan 1990 15 Oct 1993 Receptionist Save the Children Norway (Redd Barna) ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION Institution’s Name Level Division Major Subjects Public Admin. Campus Jamal, Kathmandu MPA 2011 Back Paper Development, Public Policy, Project Management, HRM, Administration, Budgeting, Auditing, etc. Shankerdev Campus, Putalisadak, Kathmandu MBS 2007 1st Div. 60.20% Research, Statistics, Organizational Behavior, A/C, Managerial Economics, HRD, Marketing, Finance, etc. Patan Multiple Campus, Patan, Lalitpur MA 2006 1st Div. 69% Development, Economics, Sustainable, Anthropology, Sociology, Tourism, Linkage, Politics, Research, etc. People’s Campus, Pakanajol, Kathmandu BBS 2002 2nd Div. 46.79% A/C, Economics, Management, Marketing, Business, Statistic, Finance, English, HRM, HRD, Project Mgmt. People's Campus, Pakanajol, Kathmandu I Com 1997 2nd Div. 51.02% Mathematics, Economics, English, Management, A/C, Business, Finance, Marketing, etc GoN/SLC Board Kathmandu, Nepal SLC 1995 1st Div. 68.08% Mathematics, A/C, Nepali, English, Rural Economics, Geography, Science, etc. TRAINING ATTENDED 1. Results-focused Project Design and Management Training, ADB, 28-29 Nov ‘11 2. The Art of Good Leadership, South Asia Leadership Training Institute, 5-9 Jan ‘10 3. The Business Communication Course, The British Council, 16-29 Nov ‘10 4. The Professional Writing Course, The British Council, 3-26 Nov ‘09 5. Beginning Life in ADB: Induction Program, ADB Headquarters, Philippines, 24-28 Nov ‘08 6. Leadership Development Program, USAID/National Democratic Institute, 14-17 Sep ‘05 7. Cisco Networking Academy Programme (CCNA), Held at KU/KCM, 15 Feb-15 Aug '04 8. Imprest Account Handling, DFID/Nepal, 25-26 May '03 9. Radio Program Production/Presentation, HBC Radio, May ‘02-‘03 10. Community Mental Health, GoN/Mental Hospital, WHO/Maryknoll/Ashadeep, 5-6 Aug '99 11. Training of Trainers (ToT) Course on Child-to-Child, Hatemalo Sanchar, 1-10 Jun ‘99 12. A 8-weeks Computer Package Course, St. Xavier's Campus, 11 Aug-30 Oct '97 13. A 30-hours Course on Mind Control/Personality Development, Memorex Institute, 4-6 Feb '96 14. Vanguard Leadership Course, Patan Jayceettes, 10-11 Mar '94 15. English Language Course, Acharya Language Institute, 6 Dec '93-6 Feb '94 16. Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation of Projects, 12-25 Sep'97(Trainings by Redd Barna) 17. Community Mobilization for Sustainable Development, 01-13 Jun '97 18. Development Communication, Education and Gender Sensitization, 07-18 Apr '97 19. Development Approach Needs Assessment, 12-21 Jan '97 20. Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), 16-26 Nov '96 21. Project Management and Evaluation Procedures, 13-21 Aug '96 22. Art of Leadership: for Community and Local Resource Mobilization, 01-13 May '96 23. Book Keeping and Project Management: Refresher Training, 08-17 Feb '96 24. Strategic Management of the Partner NGOs/CBOs, 18-29 Nov '95 25. Understanding Socio-cultural Research, 04-17 Mar '95 26. Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations, 19-25 Jan '95 27. Administrative/Management Procedures at Non-Profit Organizations, 05-14 Nov '94 28. Capacity Enhancement on Accrual Accounting and Store Handling, 11-23 Jul '94 29. Training Need Identification of the NGOs/CBOs, 01-09 Mar '94 30. Effective Supervision and Leadership Styles, 18-25 Nov '93 31. Office Management and Communication, 07-15 Jun '93 32. Leadership Development and Team Management, 12-18 Feb '93 33. Communication and Presentation Skills in the Target Groups, 19-27 Dec '92 34. Individual Behavior and Effective Communication for Team Spirit, 10-21 Aug '92 35. Taking Personal Initiatives for Result Oriented Performance, 06-15 Mar '92 36. Communication and Team Building for Group Dynamics, 18-25 Dec '91 37. Facilitating Team Dialogue and Interpersonal Relationship in Team, 13-22 Jun '91 38. How to Deliver Effective Presentation, 11-19 Oct '90 39. Roles and Responsibilities of Administrative Staff, 17-28 May '90 40. Roles & Responsibilities of Employees in Humanitarian Organization, 13-21 Feb '90 EXTRA KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS Holding (Motorbike) License, Nepali Citizenship/Passport and UN-DSS Certificates; Computer Skills (Excel, MS Word, MS Power Point, LAN and Novell Network); I have uploaded my reports/write-ups/articles on internet with thousands of visitors; Excellent inter-personal communication as well as reading and writing skills; Supported to organize several seminars/workshops/discussion programs; Can work independently for administrative, finance, logistics & program related jobs; Friendly working relationship with the office goods/service suppliers in Kathmandu; Sound knowledge about Donors, UN Agencies, I/NGOs, CBOs and GON; Good working relationship with GoN, I/NGOs, CBOs and individual experts; Publication: "Co-writer of a Sanitation Training Manual", Japan Medical Association; Can deliver lectures from school to masters degree level students after preparation; Can draft letters, memos, reports, proposals, and translate documents into English; Interviewed many experts/freelancers/intellectuals/government authorities for radio. WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS PARTICIPATED 1. Regional Workshop on Gender, Entrepreneurship & Economic Empowerment, ADB, 1-3 Feb ‘11 2. Nepal Country Portfolio Review, Ministry of Finance and ADB, 1-2 Dec ‘10 3. Nepal Portfolio Performance Review, GoN/MoF, World Bank, DFID, JICA, ADB, 3-4 Dec ‘09 4. Economic and Social Structure for Conflict, Royal Norwegian Embassy and CIDA, 16 Jul ‘07 5. Inter-agency Contingency Planning for Natural Disaster Management, UN-OCHA, 4-5 Jun ‘07 6. Challenges and Prospects for Planning Process, National Planning Commission, 15-17 Sep ‘06 7. Nepal Multiparty Women’s Caucus Development, USAID/NDI, 30 Sep-2 Oct ‘05 8. Rural-Urban Relationship in the Development Planning Process, UNDP, 1-2 Jul ‘05 9. Accessing WTO& its Impacts, Management Association of Nepal (MAN), 2-3 Jul ‘05 10. Conflict and Impact on Rural Development, Action Aid, 6-8 Jun ‘05 11. Rural Poverty and State Delivery System, NPC/Poverty Alleviation Fund, 27 Apr ‘05 12. Raising Urban Poverty and Impacts of Conflict, FOHRID/KMC, 20 Apr, ‘05 13. Interaction on Governance Reform Program Roadmap, OPMCM & MoGA, 12-13 Jul ‘04 14. Effective Service Delivery for Better Governance in Nepal, OPMCM, 1 Jul ‘04 15. Public Service Reform, Management Association of Nepal (MAN), 30 Apr ‘04 16. Relationship of Nepalese Judges & Secretaries, Supreme Court & PM Office, 2 Apr ‘04 17. Issues on Government Reform, National Planning Commission and PM Office, 2 Jan '04 18. Microeconomic Policies and Reform Initiatives, NPC and PM Office, 21 Aug '03 19. Expectation of Innovation in Nepalese Bureaucracy, GoN/Cabinet Secretariat, 30 Jun '03 20. Strengthening the Civil Service and Improving Service Delivery, PM Office, 9 Jun '03 MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES Operations Assistant: Providing daily operational and administrative supports for the daily office administration; communication and coordination with internal and external clients; thematic group meetings/workshops; portfolio management; Mission schedule and travel managements; and logistical and secretarial supports for smooth operation of ADB/NRM including following routine responsibilities as mentioned under ADB Administrative Assistant. Administrative Assistant: (i) Office administration- provide daily administrative, logistical and secretarial supports; inter-departmental coordination for the vehicle requirements and office supplies; and receive, log, distribute and filling of incoming/outgoing documents/correspondences. (ii) Communication and coordination--interact with the ADB Program/Project Managers/Directors, government officials, development partners and private sectors on program/project issues and follow-up actions; drafting and proof reading of reports, daily letters/memos for supervisors and send them out; provide inputs on behalf of supervisors for quarterly reports; and screen incoming telephone calls, take accurate messages and deal queries from internal/external clients, mainly for the assigned supervisors. (iii) Thematic group meetings/workshops-meeting arrangements with the line ministries/departments, development partners and private sectors; and provide general supports to organize workshops/seminars and participate in relevant workshops/seminars as nominated by ADB/NRM. (iv) Mission management/travel arrangement - - prepare Supervisors' and Mission members' in-country and out-country travel arrangements, particularly for travel authorization requests to facilitate headquarters and other ADB Residence Mission visits, travel itinerary, hotel reservation, UN security clearance, ticketing and travel plan; arranging appointments and meetings at central level for the headquarters missions visiting Nepal; and any necessary supports required for efficient and effective implementation of the ADB funded programs/projects. Area Security Officer: Regular briefings/updates for the senior management/all staff; prepare daily/weekly/monthly security situation analysis and assessment reports; coordination for the security-related matters with donor agencies, especially UN led Inter-agency security management and government counterparts; monitor and identify trends/potential problems and recommend counter-measures; maintain working relation with related authorities/agencies; keep updated records of national/international movement of staff/volunteers; and provide regular security briefings/updates for all JICA staff/volunteers. Perform other regular duties - monitoring media; dissemination of security updates/information; residence security assessment; district security analysis for all visiting missions/JOCV volunteers, who are assigned across the country; monitoring staff movements and responsible for the human security as a core member of JICA/Nepal security management team for all staff/JOCVs. Freelancer Consultant: Involved for research; report preparation; workshop note taker; logistics and general supports for the international level seminars and consultation with local stakeholders, particularly on the good governance, democracy, human rights, election, socio-economy, gender, development, and poverty issues. Act Project Coordinator: My major responsibilities were to coordinate/liaison with the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers for PM’s Office Strengthening Project extended period to complete the remaining pending activities; hand over the outputs and project clean up. Project Officer: Worked at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers under the DFID/ESP. Our main responsibilities were to implement the PM's Office Strengthening Project; dealing senior bureaucrats and PM’s political appointees and advisors for the coordination/liaison; PM Office improvements; procurement; logistics services and consultancies provided by external experts; supporting Project Coordinator for administration, management, procurement, accounts keeping, secretarial services, planning, budgeting, documentation and any other activities as per requirement to efficiently and effectively implement the Project. Program Producer/Presenter: Produced/presented hard-talk radio programs on the national controversial burning issues entitled "Development’s Friends" and “Our Concerns” with the Himalaya Broadcasting Company (HBC) 94 FM Radio Station. They were interactive live panel discussions among experts, concerned authorities and radio listeners on the socio-economy and development related issues, which are directly concerned with the civil societies of Nepal. Office Secretary: I was assigned as Secretary to support regional and international expectorates, however, I also supported Finance and Administrative Officers as per office decision for daily administration, procurement, logistics supplies, finance keeping, vehicles management and I was responsible to arrange international travel movements of the UNFPA, CST/SAWA expectorates. Administrative Officer: Our admin duties were for general supports in providing administrative, finance, transportation, logistics, procurement and secretarial services for 13 British expectorates and 12 local Nepalese experts who were engaged for GBP 30 millions’ Rural Access Program (RAP) project preparatory design purpose during 1999-2001 through UK Government's DFID. Assistant Program Officer: I was responsible in facilitating and escorting Japanese researchers and field visitors for research and studies; regularly visiting backward communities to support program team in implementing, follow-up, monitoring, supervision and evaluation of the project activities; working at central office for program related activities and technical paper preparation. Technical Supervisor: Successfully introduced and implemented Child-to-Child concept in the sanitation, health awareness, income generation, community library, advocacy & school activities. It was new concept for JICA/JMA but I learnt it while working with Save the Children Norway. Administrative Assistant: Supported admin section for managing support staff; management of vehicles; local procurement; maintaining inventory of the projects/head office; custom clearance; maintaining personal files; drafting routine correspondence and supporting program sections. Logistics Secretary: I was implicated for the secretarial jobs in order to facilitate the Headquarters and Projects. Receptionist: I was responsible for the information/communication facilitation activities. EMPLOYERS' INTRODUCTION (09) Asian Development Bank (ADB) is owned by 67 member countries including 48 from Asia. Its main instruments for helping its developing member counties are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance. ADB’s vision is an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty and its mission is to help its developing member countries substantially reduce the poverty. (www.adb.org) (08) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), established in 1974, through a special act of the Japanese quest for international economic and technical cooperation to the outside world, which is solely responsible to implement the Japan Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the world. (www.jica.org) (07) UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID), working in partnership with the GoN, had funded Enabling State Program-Nepal. ESP is taking an innovative approach in addressing the problems for the good governance in Nepal. In particular, it is seeking to avoid the common problems experienced by donor-funded projects of poor national ownership and the imposition of external ideas. (06) Strengthening Project: Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers was a satellite project of the DFID/ESP with GBP700 thousands budget during 2003-04. The Strengthening Project was responsible in merging the Cabinet Secretariat and Prime Minister's Office; improving PM Office facilities; connecting PM Office via IT/LAN System; introducing modern office procedures for an efficient and effective PM Office; HR Development and supported for GON plan, policy formulation through consultants. (05) Himalaya Broadcasting Company (HBC) 94 FM Radio Station was a well-known radio in Kathmandu. HBC was popular among its urban, sub-urban and rural listeners, especially for hourly news and folk songs as well as presentation of the diversified radio programs according to desires of its dispersed listeners. (04) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is one of the main bodies of UN system. UNFPA, Country Technical Service Team for South and West Asia (CST/SAWA Countries) is working to provide technical supports on population management issues. The team consists interdisciplinary regional and international advisory group of experts from major UN agencies such as ESCAP, ILO, WHO, UNESCO, UNIFEM, etc. to work in a partnership basis with the government and population related national/international development agencies, working in 15 South and West Asian Countries. (www.unfpa.org) (03) The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID)/Rural Access Programme (RAP) worked with an aim to reduce poverty in 6 eastern and western backward hilly districts of Nepal through rural access along with complementary social package programmes. WSP International, Helvetas-Nepal, GEOCE, University of East Anglia and Oxford Policy Management jointly worked in a partnership as Consultants for designing RAP for improved livelihoods of marginalized people. (02) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)/Japan Medical Association (JMA) jointly funded and implemented School and Community Health Project (SCHP) to uplift life standard of marginalized people through participatory community development approach in remote parts of Nepal. (01) Save the Children-Norway is a Norwegian semi-government voluntary international humanitarian organization; with a worldwide membership; working to improve conditions for children; especially, children in difficult circumstances. It is a founder member of the International Save the Children Alliance. REFERENCE: Names of referees will be provided upon request and/or you can directly contact to ADB; JICA; Save the Children; JMA; UNFPA/CST; UNICEF/ROSA; DFID/RAP; USAID/NDI; USAID/IFES; PM Office; HBC; DFID/ESP, etc. if old staff members, who used to be my colleagues, are still working with the same organizations even today. Appendix (D): The Ultimate Truth of Life (1) I reached to the east and I reached to the west. I reached everywhere for the sake of survival. When I reviewed my life at a point of time; suddenly, I realized where I have exactly reached, at last. When I used to dream during my innocent childhood; when I was on unconditional love with my near one and the dear one; when I was in a total freedom of choice amid the nature; I naively used to thought, oh, life is really a heaven. But, when the course of my life changed; when I felt extreme lonely among the mob of the people; I thought, I had had acquired everything; but, what exactly I have acquired in my real life. I was merely survived for an elusive life. I have lost several things in my life. I have lost inner peace and the happiness of my soul. (2) My precious onetime life has been vanished into the illusion. For the sake of running behind the mirage, but to get nothing. I have lost everything, which my life had naturally given to me. I have completely forgotten to happily survive my life. As I have unnecessarily worried and focused to learn how to survive. I don't know where my natural happiness has gone, forever. I have totally forgotten to laugh and smile. While running for the sake of getting physical comforts; I have completely forgotten to live my natural real life. I might have been noticed as an achiever for the outsiders; others might have considered me as a great persona. But, while I thoroughly scrutinized myself from the bottom of my soul, suddenly, I realized: what I have exactly achieved in the total race of my life? And, where I have eventually reached in the course of my life because life is simply an illusion and we all are running behind the mirage that we never get. Appendix (E): The Eventual Destination in Life (1) Why do you worry without cause? Whom do you fear without reason? Who can kill you? The soul is neither born, nor does it die. Whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever is happening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, will also happen for the good. You need not have any regrets for the past. You need not worry for the future. The present is happening now. What did you lose that you cry about? What did you bring with you, which you think you have lost? What did you produce, which you think got destroyed? You did not bring anything - - whatever you have, you received from here. Whatever you have given, you have given only here. Whatever you took, you took from God/super natural forces. Whatever you gave, you gave to him/her. You came an empty handed, you will leave empty handed, too. What is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours. It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows. Change is the law of the universe. What you think of as death, is indeed life. In one instance, you can be a millionaire, and in the other instance you can be steeped in poverty. Yours and mine, big and small - - erase these ideas from your mind. Then everything is yours and you belong to everyone. This body is not yours, neither are you of the body. The body is made of fire, water, air, earth and ether, and will disappear into these elements. Those who know of his support are forever free from fear, worry and sorrow. This will bring you the tremendous experience of joy and life-freedom forever.
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