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Admin and Logistics Officer / Unit Head,
Office Administration and Logistics
I am currently responsible for managing all administration functions including procurement, maintenance and housekeeping, stores, security and staff relations, front office and supervising a great team of staff in administration. I coordinate and ensure various procurement needs of the Centre including diverse scientific and office equipment, building construction, vehicles, and the full range of requirements for all of our operations in an honest, transparent and competitive manner, fulfilling our required institutional tendering processes and achieving value for money.
Mohan Krishna Shrestha
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
I protect the pulse of the planet by implementing in an innovative way environment-friendly and energy-efficient work infrastructure and facilities for our operations.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
The harmonious work culture, which has evolved since the establishment of the organisation! I collaborate and coordinate with different stakeholders within and outside the organisation consisting of professionals from diverse backgrounds, cultures and technical expertise, which is enriching my knowledge.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about travelling to remote areas, learning about the diversity, development course, and future potentials in those places.
I joined ICIMOD in August 1984 and have subsequently assumed key positions in the Administration and Finance division. I have been promoted to lead as Head of the Administration and Logistics Unit, and concurrently head of Procurement for the past seven years. Prior to that, I was Officer In-Charge of Procurement and Motorpool functions.
Over my thirty years of experience in the Centre, I’ve gained depth and breadth of knowledge of products and technological development in the national and international markets. And over the course of my tenure, I supervised the construction of buildings including the architectural design competition for our new annex building and installation of 150 kWp grid connect solar PV system at the headquarters premises. This is a pioneering achievement for ICIMOD, since we are the only institution outside the Government of Nepal which contributes back to the national electrical grid. I also played an instrumental role in developing and implementing policy and procedures for procurement and motorpool functions. During this time as well, I had an opportunity to make a study visit to the UN Environment Programme/Environment Assessment Programme for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Institute of Technology, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand and I’ve successfully completed a number of procurement, management and technical trainings, including an extended training course on ‘Vehicular Air Pollution’ organized by the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal and the University of Calgary, Canada; an on-line procurement training on ’Managing Supplier Performance’ from Next Level Purchase, USA; a training on ‘Automotive Emission Control & Drivability Diagnostic’ organized by the International Automotive Technicians’ Network, USA and the Transport Management Department of the Government of Nepal; and a number of finance and management trainings organized by ICIMOD as part of its capacity development programme.