Working Secretariat

 A working Secretariat was established on 20th March 2010 to assist the CSO Authority in the execution of its function under the Civil Society Organizations Act and these regulations. Presently the CSO Authority Secretariat is headed by a Member Secretary and supported by a Sr. Program Officer, one Sr. Accounts Officer and three administrative staff to assist the Authority in the execution of its function under the CSO Act and regulations. Under the Good Governance support Programme, a temporary fund management office known as CSO Funds Facility Office was established in January 2010 to provide grants to support CSOs and informal voluntary groups in Bhutan.

Functions of Head of the Secretariat

  1. The Head of the Secretariat is responsible for proper administration of the Secretariat and for general monitoring and supervision of the staff, subject to the by-laws and orders of the Authority.

  2. Preparation of the budget proposal for the Secretariat in accordance with the provisions of the Public Finance Act of Bhutan, 2007 and submit the proposal to the Authority for approval and onward submission to the Ministry of Finance.

  3. Sanction and make all payments as per powers delegated to him/her by the Authority.

  4. The Member Secretary shall ensure that all resolutions of the Authority are implemented by the Secretariat.

Functions of the Secretariat

The Secretariat is responsible for:

  1. preparing the Human Resource Development Master Plan;

  2. projecting staff recruitment and training needs of the Secretariat in accordance with the Bhutan Civil Service Rules and Regulations;

  3. facilitating the process of developing and implementing policy;

  4. facilitating the registration of Civil Society Organizations;

  5. advising Civil Society Organizations on legal requirements for Registration;

  6. Guiding the Civil Society Organizations in observance of the Memorandum of Association, Code of Conduct, Rules and Regulations, National Policy, and in developing activities in accordance with their Articles of Association; and performing such other functions as may be delegated by the Authority.