Pakistan continues to suffer from a plethora of natural and human induced hazards that threaten to affect the lives and livelihood of its citizens – natural disasters including floods, earthquakes, landslides, cyclones, and drought to human induced disasters such as fires, civil unrest and terrorism, refugees and internally displaced people, health epidemics, transport accidents, industrial accidents and war. According to the World Disaster Report 2002, two percent of Pakistan’s population were killed or adversely affected by disasters during the 1999 to 2001 period. Disaster management in Pakistan basically revolves around flood disasters with a primary focus on rescue and relief. After each disaster episode the government incurs considerable expenditure directed at rescue, relief and rehabilitation.
The recent frequency of natural disasters in the past decade, particularly floods, drought and earthquakes, has added an additional dimension to the task of development planners. The nation’s ability to increase its capacity to withstand natural and human induced disasters lies in the adoption of new strategies. Adopting a proactive approach to disaster management will ensure risk reduction to particular hazards and benefit the most vulnerable segments of the population – financially impoverished women, children, elderly and handicapped – as well as raise the impact of national development strategy on poverty alleviation
The situation strongly advocates the need for a disaster management structure, a comprehensive preparedness and mitigation strategy as well as a mitigation policy in order to better manage and coordinate activities of the various line ministries and departments and civil society. For this purpose, UNDP Pakistan is recruiting a National Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor to contribute to UNDP’s extensive work in this area and to take forward the initiatives for reducing disaster risk in the country.
National Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor
Under the overall supervision of the Country Director and the direct supervision of ARR, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor will perform the following tasks:
Contribute to the development of the Government of Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority in the development of a vision, mission and policy statement; support full understanding of executive, planning and operational roles and responsibilities of NDMA staff; assist in development of foundation for annual work plans with clearly articulated objectives, activities and benchmarks to measure progress; advocate for the all-risks approach to disaster risk management within risk reduction strategies of key stakeholders; provide mentoring support to NDMA staff while initiating capacity building and skills training activities.
Analyze, assess the socio/economic environment, maintain continuous dialogue with partners to provide development advisory services in the field of disaster reduction, identify catalytic areas where disaster risk reduction can be integrated and add value to other, ongoing or planned UNDP support interventions
Analyze context, indicators; propose UNDP’s contribution and drafts policy, documents especially for Country Programme and other strategic documents in the thematic area of disaster reduction, seek complementarities and mainstream into other UNDP practice areas where the Country Office has special interest and/or comparative advantages.
Propose content of Strategic Results Framework (SRF) and Results Oriented Annual Report (ROAR) in the thematic area of disaster reduction.
Collect, compile and update/complement existing information on hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities in the country and ensure that this information is taken into consideration in the formulation, negotiation and implementation of UNDP development programmes. Advocate for the same level of utilisation with government agencies and other partners.
Contribute to designs and formulate programme and project documents in the thematic area. Advocate for them in local PACs and BCPR’s Allocations Committee as necessary. Support submissions for Trac 1.1.3 and CPR TTF funds, ensuring compliance with rules and regulations.
Monitor ongoing projects substantively and financially through discussing project work plans, progress and performance; conducting evaluation missions and writing TORs for consultants; organizing tripartite review meetings and writing commentary for TPR reports; proposing direction and solutions in steering committee meetings, visiting project sites to monitor and assess implementation; resolving problems in execution and implementation streamlining relations between national project directors, consultants and executing agencies. Seeks complementarities and integration with ongoing projects in other portfolios.
Distil and write lessons learned and good practices and share them with the CO, the UNCT, BCPR and the CPR Network.
Contribute to learning and human resource development in the field of disaster reduction. Organise and conduct periodic and special training for UNDP, UN and government staff on disaster reduction policy and practice. Seek support from DRU, DMTP and other inter-agency mechanisms to ensure coherent and widely accepted approaches.
Mobilize cost-sharing resources from the government, donors and other partners to leverage UNDP resources for disaster reduction.
Support the UN Disaster Management Team, ensuring its permanent functioning, updating and testing of contingency plans, definition of roles and responsibilities and identification of joint disaster preparedness and reduction programmes. Ensure collaboration and coordination with OCHA Regional and or National Disaster Response Advisors as applicable.
In the event of a disaster, assist the Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative in the formulation of UNDP components in situation reports and appeals and in the design of early recovery frameworks that ensure risk reduction considerations are factored in the rehabilitation and reconstruction programmes. Coordinate the early recovery programmes and mobilise technical and financial resources for critical aspects such as damage assessments, livelihood restoration, housing and built environment.
Advocate, promote awareness and understanding of a) UNDP mandate, mission and purpose and focus on Sustainable Human Development with special emphasis on thematic area managed. b) The links and mutually supportive goals and objectives of disaster reduction, sustainable development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Represent RR/UNDP accordingly at public, national events where necessary.