The organisation structure of RRN comprises of the general assembly, executive committee, central management, and field operations.


General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) of RRN is the highest body governing the organisation. It meets annually to review and provide overall institutional policy framework. It reviews and approves law amendments, strategies, programmes and plans, and ensures that RRN is operating within the overall policy framework towards the organisation’s vision, mission, strategies and objectives. The GA also reviews and endorses the annual financial audit report of the organisation.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the principal executive structure of the organisation that ensures the delivery and implementation of the GA’s decisions and resolutions within the overall policy framework defined by the GA. The committee annually reviews and provides feedback on the overall progress, plans, and corresponding budgets of different programme areas and projects. The Executive Committee also provides funds for operational costs.

General Management

The general management system of the organisation comprises of the Executive Director, Central Thematic and Management Functions, Regional Coordination and Support Offices, and District Offices.

Executive Director

The Executive Director, as the Executive Head provides strategic leadership and guidance to RRN and represents RRN on various forums and drives the vision, mission, strategies, and objectives of the organisation. The Executive Director has the general responsibility of operating day-to-day management functions and provides overall supervision to all thematic and management functions comprising of programmes, projects, general administration, human resource management, financial management, and knowledge management.

The Executive Director may appoint senior advisors to provide advice on thematic and management functions of the organisation. Similarly, the Executive Director may also appoint senior associates who should mainly (but not exclusively) be academicians, intellectuals, and practitioners in the general field of rural development in Asia. They may also represent Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and share RRN’s progressive outlook and approach. Senior associates play an active role to promote RRN’s different working areas and meet once a year in Nepal to discuss the Annual Report.

Central Functions

There are two functions at the central level – ‘Thematic’ and ‘Management’ for collective and synergetic effects. Different personnel are made responsible to individually and/or jointly lead these functions. The Executive Director may also assign thematic heads as project managers to administer RRN’s projects on a day-to-day basis. According to requirement, the Executive Director may also outsource any functions.

Thematic and management heads organise regular staff meetings to review and plan organisational priorities and achievements. Some of these meetings are held together or organised separately. According to requirement, regional coordinators and other officials are invited to participate in these meetings.

Thematic Functions

Thematic functions include: Education; Agriculture and Food Security; Non-farm Livelihoods; Health and Nutrition Security; Governance, Human Rights and Peace Building, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion; Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change and Environment; and Policy Research, Advocacy, and Campaign. Advocacy issues deal with democracy, equality, and justice. Thematic heads will lead each thematic function and project as project manager and be responsible for human resource management as assigned by the Executive Director.

Management Functions

Management functions include: Human Resource Management; Monitoring and Evaluation; Publication, Media and Communication; Information Technology; Administration and Logistics; Finance; Procurement; Maintenance, Training, Legal Advice; and Internal and External Audit. Managers will lead each core management function and also be responsible for human resource management functions as assigned by the Executive Director.

Regional Coordination and Support Office

There are three regional coordination and support offices headed by Regional Coordinators. The regional coordination and support offices are located in Biratnagar, Chitwan, and Nepalgunj. Based on RRN’s strategic work plan, each office reviews its unit function on a quarterly basis and provides progress reports to the Executive Director.

District Office

According to the requirements of project implementation, district offices are headed by District Coordinators. Based on the project work plan, each district office reviews its field function on a quarterly basis and provides progress reports to the Project Manager and Regional Coordinator. The District Coordinator will be responsible for the overall district operation including coordinating and reporting on all the projects within the districts. The Executive Director appoints the District Coordinator among the project officers.