Frequently Asked Questions
The PPSP Fellowship is the initiation of Pokhara Research Centre. To aware participants about Fellowship is important. One might have some queries that arise during the process. We hope to make available answers to some of those queries and clarify any doubts you may have regarding the nature of your role and the scope of this Fellowship.
The Fellowship commence from the middle of December 2019 with a 3 -month long ongoing training. After the training, PPSP fellow will work as Knowledge Assistance for six months with the MP of Gandaki State in Pokhara.
The PPSP Fellowship is not an internship. The Fellows work as part-time professionals with MP of Gandaki State Assembly.
PPSP Fellows did not have to work full-time during the Fellowship. Beside Fellowship, they can practice other academic or professional work.
PPSP Fellow does not require full-time promise. Parliament session is the busiest time of the year for anyone working with Parliamentarians. MPs are usually in Parliament anytime between 10 AM and 5 PM. MPs typically meet with their Fellows and assign work either before they go to Parliament or after they return. During the session PPSP Fellows may have to brief their MPs on short notice on any matter. Hence, the workload will be high while Parliament is in session and the PPSP Fellow must be open to flexible working hours. The work of each PPSP Fellow will therefore differ greatly, depending on the work and requirements of their respective MPs.
PRC conducts intensive training during the initial 3 month, where PPSP Fellows will be adapted with basics of the Constitution of Nepal, basics of Economics, parliamentary procedures, information sources and research tools. Fellows should be present mandatorily during the entire training period. PPSP Fellows will also have an opportunity to learn more about public policy in Nepal through various policy workshops organized by PRC during the course of the Fellowship.
Fellows can continue to work with Members of Parliament, political parties or other political consulting organizations. They also can join multilateral institutions like the Banks and financial institutions, Foreign Embassies or leading public policy organizations such as Samriddhi, Bikalpa-an alternative and PRC, or choose a career in the corporate sector including consulting, investment banking and e-commerce. They also can join the civil service and ministries of government and international Non-government organizations as officers.
Selection team will examine the application based upon the PPSP Fellowship selection guidelines. The application submitted by the candidates will be scrutinized. Then shortlisted candidates from the initial round will go through another round of interview conducted by PRC.
Applications to PPSP Fellowship 2019-20 will commence mid November 2019. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and our website pokharacentre.org for further updates.
We welcome candidates from any academic backgrounds. Candidates must be pursuing at least a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline and should be of between 20-30 years of age. PPSP Fellows are expected to come from diverse academic backgrounds with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in Engineering, Law, Economics, Pure Sciences, Literature, Journalism, Political Science, Commerce etc.
The Fellowship is open to Nepalese citizens only. “Nepalese citizen” implies someone holding a Nepali citizenship, passport or eligible to hold one. Moreover, the PPSP fellowship for 2019/20 is accepting applications from citizens of Gandaki Province only.
Prior work experience is not necessary to be a PPSP fellow. However, any experience and professional exposure will help fellow to execute their work smartly with an MP.
We hearty welcome candidates with Master’s degrees, but they will not have an advantage over other candidates. Similarly, the PPSP Fellowship does not give preference to any particular academic discipline.
Candidates must be pursuing at least a Bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the PPSP Fellowship. This means that candidates must not require complete their Bachelor’s degree examinations before the Fellowship begins. Leave of absence will be granted to complete any examinations once the Fellowship has begun.
Roles and Responsibilities of the PPSP Fellow
The primary role of a PPSP Fellow is to work closely with their MP as a Knowledge Assistant, providing individualized research support for the entire duration of the Fellowship. This entails providing research inputs to help them fulfill their parliamentary duties such as asking questions, assessing the performance of ministries, raising matters of public importance, participating in various legislative and policy debates and even drafting private members’ Bills.
Between Parliament sessions, Fellows will continue to support their MPs on any research work that is requested of them. This may include, among other things, research for standing committee meetings and preparation for the next Parliament session.
In addition, PRC will conduct workshops on important topics where Fellows can interact with experts and policy makers. Workshops are conducted on a wide range of public policy related subjects such as Health, Education, Agriculture, Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Climate Change, Technology policy, Budgets & Public Finances.
Working with the State Assembly MP of Gandaki Province (MP)
The MPs who will be part of this Fellowship are those who are actively engaged in Parliament. MPs will be from State Assembly of Gandaki Province across all major parties. The assigning of PPSP Fellows to the MPs will be done on a random basis; no consideration will be given to the PPSP Fellow’s political leanings, educational background or ideology.
Yes. PPSP Fellows receive a stipend during the course of the Fellowship.
Since each PPSP Fellow will be working directly with the assigned MP, the designated work space will depend on the arrangement that the MP and PPSP Fellow feel comfortable at. It will depend on a case by case basis whether the MP will want the PPSP Fellow to work out of the office space at his/her residence, or make other arrangements for office space.
It is important that the MP must be able to contact PPSP Fellow for any research work at all reasonable hours if they do not share office space. PPSP Fellows will not be provided with any office equipment under the Fellowship. PPSP Fellows will be expected to use their own laptops or internet connections.
The role requires the PPSP Fellow to be based in Pokhara. The fellows work is focus on assisting the MP in undertaking his/her duties in Parliament. Thus, the role may require minimal or no travel outside of Pokhara.
Reporting to the MP:
On a day-to-day basis, the Fellows need to report to their assigned MPs. This entails checking with them for any tasks that have been assigned, presenting the completed work, briefing the MP, suggesting any issues that the MP might want to raise, etc.
Reporting to PRC:
PRC will conduct weekly review meetings with all fellows. This meeting will involve taking stock of the work that has been undertaken by the Fellows, their interactions with the MP and clarifying doubts. Each fellow need to strictly maintain a log of tasks undertaken.
Aside from the weekly review, a designated member of the PRC team can be contacted for any issues or questions the fellow would like to discuss.
The responsibility of arranging accommodation in Pokhara rests with the fellow themselves.
In addition to the above, when PRC conducts particular Training, Seminars of Camps, for which the duty of logistics will be managed by PRC.