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Project Manager

Job Category:
Project Managers
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
11 November, 2005
Last Date to apply:
14 November, 2005
Experience in years
2 to 4

At least 15 years’ experience of work in issues related to disaster management;
A basic understanding of the UN system and its operational modalities;
Willingness to serve in difficult and remote regions;
Availability for numerous visits outside the base location;
Excellent communication and IT skills;
Excellent writing and language skills in English



On 8 October 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck northern Pakistan and affected large tracts of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).  At the time of writing, the Government of Pakistan reports an estimated death toll of 57,000 with some 77,000 people injured.  Nearly 30,000 sq km of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and NWFP is affected, with hundreds of towns and villages, particularly around Muzaffarabad, Manshera, Balakot and Batagram, being totally wiped out. Assessments indicate that 70% of houses have been destroyed, and the remaining 30% damaged.  The latest estimates indicate that around 3.5 million people have been affected by the disaster. Due to frequent aftershocks, survivors are afraid to go back to the standing buildings. Many are sleeping in the open fields. There is an urgent need for providing adequate emergency shelters to these people in order to protect them from the imminent winters. At the same time there is a need to support the affected families to remove the rubble their destroyed or partially damaged houses and prepare the ground for rehabilitation of shelters that can better withstand the harsh natural elements.

Description (TORs):

Under the overall supervision of the ARR (CPRU), the Project Manager will be responsible for:

Establishing the project office in Mansehra and supervising the installation of the equipment and supplies procured for the purpose;

Directly supervising the staff in the field office in Mansehra;

Preparing and maintaining the inventory of all the expendable and non-expendable items provided under the project;

Taking full responsibility for a proper maintenance of all administration and finance related documentation;

Maintaining communication with the implementing partners on all matters pertaining to the project;

Overseeing the establishment of monitoring benchmarks for the project outcomes and facilitating a smooth monitoring process for project sites in Mansehra;

Supporting and providing technical advice to the staff and implementing partners in tasks related to mobilizing and executing recovery interventions under the project;

Creating and sustaining synergies with the government, other UN agencies and the NGO community working on early recovery;

Regularly visiting the field offices in Mansehra and undertaking assessment and monitoring missions with them in targeted areas;

Overseeing the process of beneficiaries’ identification to ensure the targeting of aid to the most vulnerable and needy sections of the community;

Establishing and sustaining close communications with local and federal authorities in AJK on recovery programming issues;

Preparing monthly progress reports;

Preparing an interim report on the achievements of the project and the lessons learnt, by mid December, for a review meeting with EAD, Government of Pakistan;


Supervising the process of rapid damage assessment and emergency housing needs analysis which will capture:

Damage and degree of destruction (i.e. the degree and type of damage to different types of constructions);

Risk and vulnerability to future disasters (including an analysis of local forms of construction and risks facing the community);

Appropriate reconstruction technologies that could be used to make the buildings safer;

Facilitating a rapid assessment on the local market and institutional capacity of the local partners including Army for material supplies, labour and transportation means and facilities

Leading the distribution of a reconstruction package for rubble removal and setting up locally designed emergency shelters in harmonization with the government arrangements,

Putting in place a system for providing aid packages to people and for monitoring

Facilitate the provision of training on cash for work and salvaging building materials to the local community,

Participating in the process of dump site selection through consultation with the concerned local authorities especially the environment authorities as well as communities,

Liaising local authorities, CBOs and Army in the villages for social mobilization and integrating social needs in reconstruction process,

Supervise the establishment of community reconstruction committees in villages for social mobilization,

Facilitating the selection of 1500 local building workers and self-builders for hands-on training of on earthquake resilient construction technology;

Facilitating the hands-on training of 150 local engineers on earthquake resilient construction technology to support and monitor the construction process,

Facilitating the preparation and dissemination of three guidelines on earthquake resilient construction for the self-builders, engineers and building workers, respectively

Establishing two mobile technical advisory units (with construction engineers, planners and technicians) to provide services to the earthquake resilient construction technology

Public awareness raising on earthquake resilient construction technologies

Providing technical advice on integrating socio-economic considerations and shelter-sector reconstruction in rural development planning, to the local communities

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesDevelopment related fieldMasters DegreeAn advanced degree in a development related field;