Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program Invites to Submit Grant Applications


The Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program (AFGP) is pleased to announce the resumption of grant-making process from July 26, 2019.
All eligible organizations and private sector entities are encouraged to submit applications for funding to support grant projects in the four Priority Areas re-evaluated by U.S Ambassador to Pakistan.

  • Empowering Vulnerable Populations
  • Supporting Governance Institutions in KP NMD (newly merged districts)
  • Engendering Free Information and Free Press Organizations
  • Expanding Social Tolerance to Reduce Conflict

Do visit our website ( for further details on the priority areas. There is no deadline for submission of grant applications.
Remember! All applicants must submit grant applications online, by uploading all the requisite materials on the AFGP Grant Information Management System (GMIS) linked from the home page of the AFGP website.



ICIMOD to manage the Health of Mountain Ecosystems


Naveed Hussain

Islamabad (July 20th, 2019): Mountain ecosystems, such as those along Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, are particularly fragile, threatened by climate change, habitat fragmentation, loss of biodiversity, eroding indigenous cultures and ineffectual trans-boundary cooperation.

Experts who are directly and indirectly working on mountain ecosystems, emphasized this in the first day of a two-day event held here in a local hotel.

WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Ministry of National Food Security and Research, has organized this two-day Regional workshop on “Integrated Landscape Management along the Silk Road: Managing the Health of Mountain ecosystems.

Considering the workshop, a great platform to share problems and perspectives, the speakers emphasized on the importance of the eco system services and said that the workshop was aimed at providing a common forum at the landscape level to discuss science and practices in particular and sharing trends and potential use of common tools for ecosystem assessment and valuation as well as tools for planning and monitoring of Protected Areas and promoting ecotourism and organic products: Promoting and strategizing regarding the Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape(HKPL)’s potential for ecotourism and organic farming and trade.


ICIMOD’s programme coordinator HKPL, Ghulam Ali introduced HKPL as a strategic cooperation area and urged participants to use the platform to increase awareness and use landscape approach for ecosystem service management. Melad Karim of AKRSP Afghanistan described the landscape as a fragile ecosystem and elaborated on similarities and differences between the countries within the landscapes and also emphasized that identifying and solving critical issues are important in the landscape while Mehmood Ghaznavi, the conservator Parks & wildlife GB, said that GB government is determined to conserve ecosystem in the region as they have set a goal to increase the area under protected areas from 48% to 60% by 2030. “Forests should not be considered only for timber but all the regulatory services that it provides to the environment”, he added.  Likewise, Anu Kumari discussed cultural tourism at length and Srijana Joshi presented key findings of rangeland resources assessment in HKPL.

Professor, Heman Das Lohano of the Institute of Business Administration and Muhammad Ismail of ICIMOD gave an overview of the ecosystem service valuation and discussed methods of tools for valuating ecosystems and ICIMOD’s framework and tools  on ecosystem services assessments respectively.

They said that with the support of the concerned governments, ICIMOD is committed to landscape management and protection of ecosystems by enhancing regional learning, exchanges and networking across HKH.



BISP announces vacancies for its World Bank funded projects

bis2Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) requires the services of consultants on full-time basis (9-5 job type) against the following positions. These positions are for the World Bank funded projects National Socio Economic Registry (NSER) and the Social Safety Net (SSN).

  • Principal Technology Advisor
  • Data Management Specialist
  • NSER Coordinator
  • Social Engagement Specialist
  • Media Coordinator
  • Senior Database Analyst
  • Senior System Administrator
  • GIS Specialist
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Engineer (Database)
  • WAN Specialist
  • Junior Training Consultant/Resource Person
  • Procurement Specialist

Deadline for the application submission is July 28th, 2019. More details can be seen via

Prime Minister’s office announces vacancies

slider-1-09-07-2019Applications are invited for the positions of Coordinators/Team Leads and Senior Associates in Prime Minister’s Office (Public) Islamabad to spearhead and support Prime Minister’s Strategic Reforms Implementation Unit (SRIU) and CPEC & Special Initiatives Cell.

Please Click Here to Download Application Form(.Doc)

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Interested candidates may send their CVs alongwith prescribed form available at within 15 days via e-mail address and only short listed candidates will be called for interviews.

Note: The applicants, while sending their CVs, shall clearly mention the relevant Position and Cell. Applications/CVs without prescribed forms will not be entertained.

RSPN announces Young Development Professionals’ program


The Rural Support Program Network (RSPN), as part of its M&E, RSPN component of SUCCESS aims to engage recent graduates as Young Development Professionals (YDPs) who have a passion to understand Community Driven Development (CDD) approach of RSPs and contribute to empowerment of rural women in Sindh. The YDPs will be engaged with M&E teams of the implementing RSPs and M&E team of RSPN for conducting qualitative and quantitative surveys and for assisting in data analysis and report writing.
Eligibility and Skills Required:
– Recent university graduates with a degree in social sciences; preferably have taken courses in economics,
development science or business analytics
– Willing and able to conduct extensive field work in Sindh to collect data collection
– Have good writing skills in English and/or Sindhi.
– Possess data analysis skills and a good command on MS Office especially MS Excel or any other statistical
analysis tools e.g STATA and SPSS preferred
Duration: 03 months with a possible extension for 6 months depending on the performance of the YDP and availability of work.
Note: The YDPs will be provided a two days training prior to start of their tasks, are paid monthly stipend and experience certificate upon satisfactory completion and approval of tasks by the Programme Manager.
Application Deadline: Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV at by July 18th, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview.

Graduation from poverty initiative through PPAF launched

The Prime Minister Pakistan , Imran Khan launched graduation from poverty initiative through PPAF on Friday here in Islamabad.

The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation & Chairperson BISP Dr. Sania Nishtar presented her keynote speech at the launching ceremony of National Poverty Graduation Initiative.  Her speech can be viewed and watched through this link.


Courtesy:  Public News

Photo contest: Shining a light on the cryosphere and society in the HKH

icimodICIMOD is looking for photo entries that tell compelling visual stories about different interactions between the cryosphere (snow, glaciers, permafrost, meltwater, glacial lakes) and society in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, including climate change impact and adaptation, related disasters and vulnerability, contributions to water resources and their management, the importance to livelihoods and biodiversity, as well as cultural, spiritual, and gender aspects.

The results will be announced during the upcoming International Forum on Cryosphere and Society to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 28 to 30 August 2019. The winner of the photo contest will be invited to receive the award and present the photo to participants of the Forum. The winning entries and honourable mentions will be exhibited during the Forum and featured in the Forum proceedings, related publications, and on ICIMOD’s Cryosphere Initiative website.

Theme: Cryosphere and society

  • Ice and life: Impacts of cryosphere change and adaptation
  • Disasters and related vulnerability
  • Water in the high mountain communities
  • Life at the Third Pole: Cryosphere’s importance for livelihoods
  • Mountains, snow, ice, and biodiversity
  • Cultures in the cold: cultural, spiritual, and gender aspects of the cryosphere

Participants are encouraged to submit images that shine a light on the importance and role of the cryosphere in relation to society. Entries addressing gender and social inclusion aspects are highly encouraged.

The top entry will be awarded USD 300, and USD 100 each for following top two entries. The remaining photos will receive honourable mentions and certificates.

Visit: cryosphere  for details and to apply