Govt abolishes Statistics Division

pbsISLAMABAD (Shahbaz Rana /Express Tribune) :The government has abolished the Statistics Division, transferred the function of holding population census and given administrative control of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) to the Ministry of Planning and Development.

The decision to place the PBS under the Ministry of Planning has been taken hardly a month before the National Accounts Committee (NAC) meeting that will approve next year’s provisional economic growth figures. Earlier, the statistics division secretary used to chair the NAC meeting that the planning secretary will now chair.

The PBS is also responsible for calculating the inflation reading – a responsibility that will now be undertaken under the supervision of the minister for planning, development and reform. The government has already expressed its displeasure over the poor state of affairs of the PBS.

The Statistics Division may be renamed Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division and may be made part of the Cabinet Secretariat, according to the Cabinet Division. All functions of the Statistics Division have also been transferred to the Planning, Development and Reform Division.

The decision to abolish the Statistics Division has been taken on the recommendation of the institutional reforms task force, headed by Adviser to Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr Ishrat Husain.

The Planning Division will now be responsible for preparation of an overall integrated plan for development and improvement of statistics in Pakistan. It will also prepare the annual programme in accordance with the agreed priorities and will assign responsibilities for its execution.

The Planning Division has also been tasked with formulating a policy regarding general statistics and adapting the statistical system of Pakistan to the policy.

The Planning Division will coordinate with the provincial and federal governments as well as international organisations on statistical matters bearing directly or indirectly the responsibility on issues of trade, industry, prices, expenditures, input-output accounts, flow of funds and balance of payments.

The planning ministry will also be the executing agency for the Industrial Statistics Act and General Statistics Reorganisation Act 2011. It will also hold agriculture census, population census, national livestock census and collect and maintain population demographics and vital health statistics.

The compilation of labour, manpower and employment statistics will also be the responsibility of the planning ministry. The function of periodic assessment, review and analysis of manpower resources and requirements has been assigned to the planning ministry despite it being the job of human resources development and overseas Pakistanis ministry.

The government has also carved out the Benazir Income Support Programme from the Ministry of Finance and placed it under the newly established Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division. Similarly, the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund has also been transferred to the newly created division by taking it from the finance ministry.

Social-sector related subjects have been placed under the newly created division aimed at bringing all such departments and organisations under one roof. The federal cabinet has already approved the creation of Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the new division would be headed by Dr Sania Nishtar and it would coordinate functions of different organisations under the newly launched Ehsas programme.

Statistics Secretary Shaista Sohail has been made secretary of the Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division.

The administrative control of Pakistan Baitul Mal has been transferred to the Social Protection Division. Also, the Trust for Voluntary Organisation has also been transferred from the Economic Affairs Division to the Social Protection Division.

Originally published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2019.

S&P Global 2019 Summer Internship Program announced

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S&P Global Pakistan is looking for interns from a diverse pool of undergraduate and postgraduate universities who are passionate about the financial information industry, emerging technological trends like automation, artificial intelligence, and data science, and who want to develop their career in a high-performing, multinational environment driven by technology. Interns should be able to work well within a team and can demonstrate exceptional learning agility, technical skills, creativity and problem-solving ability. Interns will be based in Islamabad, Pakistan and the deadline to apply for this summer program is April 09, 2019.

S&P Global 2019 Pakistan Summer Internship Program is a highly curated 8-week training program commencing in June. S&P Global is seeking tech-savvy intern candidates to work with, and learn from, our people within Data (Content), Technology, Commercial Enablement, Client Operations, Program Management and Editorial teams. As part of your assigned core team, interns will be involved in actual workflow with colleagues in different offices around the world to generate Essential Intelligence that Powers the Markets of the Future.

What S&P Global is looking for?

  • Students undergoing studies or are about to graduate — Bachelors or Masters
  • All degrees welcome: Concentration in Management, Economics, Finance, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science, Information Technology, Mathematics, Marketing, Mass Communication, etc.
  • Solid English language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing)
  • Strong comprehension, analytical and research skills
  • Keen interest in latest in tech, such as AI and machine learning
  • Able to learn quickly, multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Understand importance of building strong relationships and partnering with team members
  • Problem-solving, time-management, attention to detail and organizational abilities to work efficiently with clients
  • Significant comfort level with suite of Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel)

To apply: https://careers.spglobal.com/ShowJob/Id/2000185/S%20P%20Global%202019%20Summer%20Internship%20Program

 

Call for Disaster Risk Management Summer University at UCA

Uca summerThe University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) together with the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) and the University of Bern, Institute of Geography are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Disaster Risk Management Summer University 2019. The Summer University is a part of the development project Creating Opportunities in a Safe Environment (COSE), funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Participants from universities as well as from government and non-government agencies will work on the assessment and management of risks from mountain hazards. Combining regional practitioner’s experience and international knowledge, the workshop will offer both scientific and practical skills in disaster risk reduction.

After the Summer University, the participants will:

  • understand the fundamental frameworks and concepts of DRR and resilience building (hazard, risk, vulnerability, resilience)
  • be able to identify and analyse flood, flash flood, landslide, debris flow and other prevailing hazards in high-mountain environments (magnitude – frequency considerations), assess causes for the initiation of these processes (particularly in light of climate change), and analyse multi-hazard conditions
  • know how to analyse risks in a semi-quantitative and quantitative manner
  • be aware of and consider people’s perception of risks and their willingness to invest in increased resilience
  • develop risk reduction concepts based on changing natural and socio-economic conditions
  • be familiar with community and ecosystem-centered DRR approaches and the potential and limitations of CCA strategies for DRR (e.g., Ecosystem-based Adaptation)

Lectures and class-room exercises will be complemented with field exposure and practical work exerises. Khorog and its surroundings offer abundant opportunities to study issues related to hazards and risks.

Who Should Apply?

We invite interested participants from academia, relevant government agencies, NGOs and the private sector.

In particular, we are encouraging students majoring interested in hazards from Tajik universities rand undergraduate and graduate students in a similar fields from University of Bern, and BOKU Vienna to apply.

For professionals, practitioners, NGOs, and the private sector, we invite candidates holding a university degrees in a relevant field of science. Professionals are required to demonstrate professional and/or academic competency in disaster risk reduction (DRR) or related issues.

English is the working language.Participation Cost

which costs are to be covered by the participants?

Tuition fee: US$300 (US$200 for university students)

International travel costs (financial support available upon request*)

Food and beverages during the Summer University
Cost covered by the course include:

Local accommodation

Travels during the Summer University event, including field trips

Costs for documentation
* If you need financial support for international travel, some support can be provided upon request. In this case, please submit a detailed budget listing all travel and related costs at the end of the “Application Form” to be filled.

Application Process

The following documents need to be prepared and submitted online not later than April 30th 2019:

Completed application form;

Curriculum Vitae (CV), including relevant certificates, if any;

Motivation letter (1 page).
* Budget: If you would like to request financial support to your international travel, please submit a detailed budget as requested at the end of the Application Form.

If you have any questions, please contact SummerUniversity@ucentralasia.org
For further information please visit http://summeruniversity2019.msri.io

AKU announces admissions in Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education

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The two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education develops leadership capacity for planning, conducting and disseminating r​esearch to improve curriculum, teaching, learning and educational planning and policymaking. The graduates of this programme are expected to conduct high quality research and lead educational reforms in the context of the developing world​​.​

The programme should be attended by Educational leaders, researchers, development practitioners, teacher educators, curriculum specialists, policy makers and experts.​

Admissions are currently open for 2019-2020 cycle. The last date to submit the application is May 16, 2019.​​

Candidates are required to apply online. For assistance in completing the online application, applicants are advised to go through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or Understand the Online Process.

Only in situations where the online application is not accessible, candidates may request for a paper-based application form by emailing the Admission Office at ied.ro@aku.edu​.

Eligibility Criteria​​

  • ​​16-years of schooling in Education with minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 point scale (semester system) or 65% score (annual examination system). Candidates with a master’s or an honours’ degree in areas other than Education must have a 1.5 year BEd* degree (54 credits).
  • Minimum two years teaching / research / leadership / educational development experience.​

Candidates applying with a one-year BEd degree are required to complete 6 bridging courses of 18 credits at IED.

for details: https://www.aku.edu/admissions/mphil-education/Pages/home.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2GCKw_zhs997rl61B0AKXZ2rlnPkU65qpuBqXXehhn4keNvWnYObTGmc4

Free training in Islamabad on Development Projects in Conflict Ridden Areas

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The National Center for Rural Development (NCRD) Islamabad is organising a three-day free training course on “Development Projects in Conflict Ridden Areas-Issues and Way Forward” from 08-10 April 2019 at AHKNCRD, Islamabad.

Training Workshop is free for all. Those who want to stay in hostel have to pay Rs. 250/- per day per person. Course will be held from 9am to 2pm. People who are willing to participate in this free training course may send their CVs on the following e mail. shahzad-f@hotmail.com

Courtesy: NCRD

Fully sponsored Humanitarian Reporting workshop announced

The International Committee of Red Cross & Center for Excellence in Journalism are pleased to announce applications for their Humanitarian Reporting workshop for journalists in Pakistan.
This workshop is seventh in a series of workshops held previously in other cities as well. For this particular workshop, applications are being accepted from across Pakistan. CEJ and ICRC are committed to serving the needs of journalists from throughout the region. For participants attending from outside Karachi, travel and lodging during the course will be covered by ICRC.

The deadline to apply is April 9, 2019. Accepted attendees will be notified by April 10, 2019.

For details and to apply visit: http://bit.do/eNh4S

State Bank of Pakistan Young Professionals Induction Program (YPIP) – 8th Batch announced

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The Young Professionals Induction Program (YPIP) is one of the starting points of an exciting career at SBP Banking Services Corporation for those who have passion for career development and leadership potential to grow in enthralling technical and managerial roles. It is a unique opportunity for young talent to gain exposure to central banking operations.

The program is specifically designed for highly qualified, motivated and dynamic individuals skilled in areas relevant to SBP BSC such as Economics, Finance, Mathematics, Information Systems & Technology, Commerce, Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, Human Resources, and Agriculture.

We value diversity in our workplace and encourage qualified men and women with diverse academic and cultural backgrounds to apply. Since 2010, the YPIP program has hired around 500 people who are holding positions from entry level to middle management positions. Candidates selected under YPIP are offered a permanent position of Officer Grade-2 at SBP BSC, spend 12 weeks in a structured development program at National Institute of Banking & Finance (NIBAF), and enjoy a variety of benefits and opportunities.

Eligibility

Masters or Bachelors Degree with 16 years of education from HEC Recognized universities/institutes or reputable foreign universities in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Commerce, Finance, Accounting, Information Systems & Technology, Mathematics, Human Resources, Agriculture with minimum 60% marks where percentage system applies and minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 or 3.5 out of 5.0 CGPA where GPA system applies. Foreign degree holders are required to submit Equivalence Certificate duly issued by HEC at the time of interview to validate that they possess 16 years of education, failing to do so shall make the applicant ineligible against the said position. Candidates awaiting final results as of last date of submission of applications are not eligible to apply.

  • Maximum 26 years as of last date of submission of applications to SBP BSC.
  • Age limit will be relaxed by 03 years for candidates from FATA/Gilgit Baltistan, Balochistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Age limit will be relaxed by 05 years for existing employees of SBP or any of its subsidiaries subject to meeting other eligibility criteria.

During Residential Theoretical Training at NIBAF:

  • Stipend of Rs. 41,000/- per month
  • Free Boarding and Lodging
  • Medical Facility for self

After Appointment as OG-2:

  • Monthly monetized salary of Rs. 82,000/-
  • Mobile/Telephone Allowance
  • Medical Facility for self and eligible dependents, as per Bank’s rules
    • In-House Free OPD
    • In-House Free Pharmacy
    • OPD/Emergency Treatment at Partner Hospitals/Clinics
  • Group Term Assurance
  • Loan Facilities including Personal Loan, Computer Loan, Car Loan and House Building Advance

 For details: http://www.sbp.org.pk/careers/sbpbsc/2019/YPIP-OG2.htm?fbclid=IwAR1eTDnF8d-yfyvQmiH9HjvIZ0QaPTg6s1x3PF1kkyzxZABc9Mk_9nYGF7w