UNDP is supporting the Government of Pakistan (GoP) in establishing policy, legal and institutional arrangements for Disaster Risk Management (DRM). The purpose of UNDP support is to develop and strengthen capacities of the GoP at national, provincial and local levels to adopt strategies for reducing threat of disasters and minimizing the impact of disaster events upon communities.
The GoP has established policy and institutional mechanisms at national, provincial and district levels. A National Disaster Management Ordinance has been issued in December 2006 which is now an Act of Parliament 2010. Under the Act a National Disaster Management Commission (NDMC) and a National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has been established. The NDMC has notified the provincial, regional and state governments to establish disaster management authorities at provincial and district levels.
Systematic DRM is vital for Pakistan as it has suffered colossal losses due to disasters in the past sixty years. Historically disasters have affected all development sectors by destroying schools, hospitals, roads, telecommunication infrastructure, industries, settlements, housing, agriculture and environment. However, current development practices of various Ministries, Departments and International Donors are not fully considerate about risks posed by natural and human induced hazards. Therefore, important infrastructure is built in locations that are prone to natural hazards; e.g. earthquakes, floods, cyclones and landslides or human induced hazards like urban fires and technological accidents.
To address the above mentioned issues, an important initiative under the ‘One UN DRM Joint Programme’ is to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into the development policy and programming of Ministries, and Departments. The primary objective of the initiative is to ensure that future development programs and projects of selected Ministries and donors in disaster prone areas incorporate elements of disaster risk assessment and risk reduction in the planning, design and implementation stages so that sustainable physical and socio-economic development could be achieved by minimizing shocks from disasters. In this regard, a three pronged strategy has been adopted in order to address problem from various angles.
For implementation of this initiative, a National Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (NWG) has been formed in NDMA, comprising members from selected Ministries and lead donors. The Ministries directly dealt by UNDP include P&D (Planning Commission), Housing and Works, Water and Power, Industries and Production, Defence and Communication. MWG within each Ministry has been formed to implement sector / Ministry-specific DRR Strategies. NDMA is working with these Ministries to develop their capacities in incorporating disaster risk assessment and risk reduction in actual design and implementation of their development projects based in high risk zones. Assistance is being provided to these Ministries for development of technical guidelines on disaster risk assessment and risk reduction of their relevant programs and projects.
1. The Communication Sector
Vision of the Federal Ministry of Communication is to achieve National Cohesion and integration through development of sustainable communication infrastructure for Socio-economic uplift of the country by providing enabling environment to facilitate movement of people, goods and services in minimum time and cost.
The main objectives / functions of the Ministry of Communications are:
· Prioritization of development projects and operational activities according to economic, social and strategic needs of the country.
· Provide effective support to the economy.
· Promote international competitiveness of our exports and increase operational effectiveness to meet challenges of globalization.
· Integrate remote areas of the country into the economic mainstream.
· Improve project monitoring and implementation.
· Train and improve quality of human resources.
· Enhance good governance through incentives and disciplinary action.
· Improve values and ethics to build responsive organizations.
· Provide safe and smooth travel on National Highways & Motorways.
· Provide an efficient, reliable and speedy postal service matching the private sector courier services.
· Carry out research on road engineering, building and management.
· Modernize post and provide exemplary service to the public.
· Open up unexplored areas through expanding national roads networks.
The Ministry exercises administrative control over the following Departments / Organizations:
1. National Transport Research Centre
2. National Highway & Motorway Police
3. National Highway Authority
4. Construction Machinery Training Institute
2. Objectives of this Consultancy
The main objective is to develop the capacity of the Ministry of Communication, attached organizations and line departments in provinces (the communication sector) through various activities which include development of technical guidelines on integration of DRR into development process based on gap analysis and review of current development processes, procedures and regulatory frameworks in the sector. The DRR Consultant will devise and implement activities under the Ministerial Strategy on DRR and perform other assigned tasks.
The DRR Consultant will finalize all the outputs through consultation with MWG as well as NWG. He / She will organize requisite capacity building activities in the communication sector involving Ministry’s staff as envisioned in the Ministerial Strategy on DRR Mainstreaming. Few on-going / completed development projects would be selected for disaster risk assessment and implementation DRR / mitigation measures.
All outputs will be finalized through consultation with the Ministerial / concerned departments. With the consent of MWG, the DRR Consultant will focus on selected / proposed attached departments / autonomous bodies of the Ministry / Sector. However National Highway Authority and Provincial Road Departments shall be focused for this initiative. The Consultant will work in close coordination with DRR Mainstreaming Expert and with the MWG and other relevant stakeholders. The Consultant will plan to achieve these objectives within the allocated time and resources as per the agreed work plan.
The DRR Consultant will report to the DRR Mainstreaming Expert.
National Project Manager / DRR Mainstreaming Expert may assign any other activity to the DRR Mainstreaming Officer with regards to DRR mainstreaming in the ministry.
· UNDP is an equal opportunity employer. Women and special persons are encouraged to apply.