The incumbent Director General, Dr Ambekar E. Eknath has decided to step down due to personal reasons. The NACA Governing Council has decided to call for applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons from NACA member states for the position of Director General, tenable from May 2014 for a fixed period of five years. The selected candidate is expected to assume the position by 1 May 2014 after a brief handover period.
Applications will close at 5 PM (Bangkok time) on 15 February 2014. Candidates must be less than 60 years of age on the closing date. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to attend an interview with the NACA Governing Council during the NACA GCM 25 in March 24-28 March 2014. Only short listed candidates will be notified of the results of application.
The Director General is responsible for developing and conducting a work programme over a five year period in accordance with the mandate of NACA. The position will be based in the NACA Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand.
The incumbent will be expected to travel extensively within and outside the region. The responsibilities of the Director General will include management of the Secretariat staff in pursuit of the goals of NACA both in terms of technical and administrative performance standards, and will be the chief financial officer.
Further supporting information can be found on the NACA website.
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