The Acting Secretary, Tshewang Chophel Dorji joined the Ministry of Education on 3 November 2022.
Prior to the appointment, he served as the Director of the Department of Economic and Tech Diplomacy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). He started his civil service career in 1991 as a Militia Officer in the Royal Bhutan Army. In 1995, he joined the MoFA and served in various capacities which also included diplomatic assignments in New Delhi and New York.
He has also served as Bhutan’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand from May 2016 to March 2021 with concurrent accreditation to Singapore, Myanmar and Australia.
Coordinate Annual Education Conferences and other forums related to education policies.
Planning, monitoring and evaluation
Coordinate and support Five Year Plan formulation, Annual Performance Agreement, Annual Work Plan etc.
Overall monitoring of Five Year Plan, Annual Performance Agreement, and regular monitoring of projects.
Coordinate preparation of project proposals for donor support.
Facilitate resource mobilization and allocation through donor missions, mid-year and annual work planning review meetings.
Liaising with Gross National Happiness Commission, Ministry of Finance and potential donors.
Annual Education Statistics, Education Policy Guidelines and Instructions (EPGI), Annual Government Reports, cross sectoral studies
Objective To develop and disseminate Information, Education & Communication materials on education matters of the Ministry
Render media support services including report/photo/video coverage to all the Departments and Divisions of the Ministry.
Provide graphic designing services for the Ministry’s educational materials and publications including Reports, Booklets, brochures and posters.
Maintain a central archival system on important educational publications and documentaries for future references.
Share accurate and timely information from the Departments/Divisions to stakeholders on developments in education.
Coordinate the Ministry’s press statements and press releases.
Verify the authenticity of the media materials, both in the print and broadcast media pertaining to any matter related to education and provide feedback to the Ministry.
Manage the Ministry’s social media sites: Sherig Bhutan Facebook page, YouTube and Instagram and the Royal Government of Bhutan Facebook page.
Assist the management of the Ministry’s website.
Publish the Annual Education Calendar.
Publish the bi-annual Education Newsletter
Develop, produce and disseminate educational audiovisual programs to create awareness as and when requested by the Departments/Divisions.
Design and publish educational infographics and felicitation on important occasions.
Foster close liaison between state agencies and services, professional and other associations, universities and other centres of research and education, and other institutions concerned with education, the sciences, culture and information;
Co-operate with the delegations of their respective governments at the General Conference and at other intergovernmental meetings convened by UNESCO, inter alia by preparing the contributions of their governments to the work of these meetings;
Follow the development of UNESCO’s programme and call the attention of the appropriate agencies to the potential benefits of international co-operation;
Contribute to national activities related to UNESCO’s programme and to the evaluation thereof;
Provide a channel for disseminating information obtained from other countries on matters of domestic interest in education, the sciences, culture and information;
Encourage, at the national level, interdisciplinary dialogue and co-operation between institutions concerned with education, the sciences, culture and information, with a view to helping to bring intellectual resources to bear on certain priorities for development.
Develop an annual audit plan based on comprehensive risk assessment and submit to the Management for approval and endorse a copy of approved plan to Central Coordinating Agency (CCA) for reference.
Implement the approved annual audit plan in accordance with the International Standards for Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and Internal Audit Manual including, as appropriate to the mandates of Internal Audit and not contradictory to the Internal Audit’s Code of Ethics, any special task or project requested by the management. The impact of resource limitations and significant interim changes in the plan will also be communicated to them.
Issue reports annually summarizing results of audit activities and status of implementation of past audit recommendations to the management and endorse a copy to CCA for reference.
Provide adequate follow up to ensure corrective action is taken and evaluate its effectiveness and reports results.
Maintain a professional audit staff and seek experts view as and when required from the Central Coordinating Agency for Internal Audit Service.
Notify appropriate authority of any significant corruption (criminal) offences recognized or detected during the course of internal auditing.
Consider the scope of work of the external auditors and other regulators as appropriate and collaborate with them for the purpose of providing optimal coverage and avoid duplication of work.