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Recovery Unit Coordination Officer

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Recovery Coordination Project-UNDP
Islamabad with frequent travel to earthquake affected areas
Posted On:
03 August, 2006
Last Date to apply:
17 August, 2006
Experience in years
2 to 4

At least 10 years of work experience in the humanitarian relief/development field
Familiar with data collection methods, tools and monitoring plans
Excellent interpersonal skills, team oriented work style
Interest and experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision
Excellent ability to quickly grasp and synthesize inputs
Fluency in oral/written Urdu and working knowledge of English


With the transition phase from relief to recovery and reconstruction currently underway, the Government is gearing up to develop a reconstruction implementation strategy as well as to initiate coordination mechanisms for the early recovery phase.  The implementation of the pledges of USD 6.2 billions by various donors is an unprecedented undertaking for all the partners involved in recovery and reconstruction efforts and the need for strategic planning, effective coordination support and information dissemination has become paramount.

The UN coordination efforts, through the UN Integrated Resident Coordinator’s Office shall contribute this effort by supporting a coherent response in the arenas of residual relief, recovery and rehabilitation.  The Resident Coordinator’s Office will provide UN-wide advice and support to the Government on issues related to transition from relief to recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation, and donor coordination by strengthening analytical and coordination capacity of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.  It will also support the operation of the UN field coordination hubs in Muzaffarabad and Abbottabad and in select Districts to sustain relief and recovery response coordination and information flow to key stakeholders and decision-makers. 


On 8 October 2005 an earthquake measuring 7.6 devastated the northern regions of killing thousands of people and destroying public and private infrastructures and bringing economic activity to a virtual stop.  The area affected measures about 30,000 sq km2 and is home to about 3.5 million people. According to national figures, 500,000 families have been affected that is, approximately 14% of the region’s population,70% of houses were destroyed and 30% damaged.  As of the timing of this project formulation, the death toll stands at 73,000 with some 70,000 injured. It has been touted as the worst natural disaster that has ever impacted in its history. 

The Government of Pakistan responded swiftly to the catastrophe as well as international partners, civil society and the population at large providing significant support both in cash and in kind.  The former established a Federal Relief Commission (FRC) within days to ensure coordinated action for rescue and relief operations, as well as the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) to support medium and long term rebuilding efforts. 
The Recovery Unit Coordination Officer will report directly to the Senior Recovery Programme Advisor on operational and policy issues.  He/She will work closely with the UN Resident Coordinator’s staff, ERRA staff, and operational stakeholders engaged in residual relief and early recovery activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
In concert with the Senior Recovery Programme Advisor, support the activities of the Resident Coordinator’s staff in AJK and NWFP (Area Coordinators, Field Coordination Officers, Reporting Officers and Field Data Information Officers while also providing oversight to specific coordination/monitoring work plans developed to track progress and results for sectoral recovery initiative on a monthly basis.
Collect and capture relevant information on the residual relief, recovery and reconstruction/rehabilitation phases in addition to other significant occurrences impacting on the process for the monthly IASC Task Force report.  Also preparation of additional reports requested by the Resident Coordinator and other UN agency stakeholders in the earthquake recovery process.
Participate in meetings with UN/ERRA and other stakeholders including the sectoral working groups (technical and core group) to report on operational challenges facing the residual relief and early recovery initiatives and specific options for resolution of these challenges.  

Assist in defining advocacy issues emerging the field during the implementation process in addition to identify actions to strengthen the effectiveness of coordination between all stakeholders i.e. local communities, civil society, non-governmental organizations, local government authorities, the Pakistan Army, UN agencies and PERRA/SERRA.
Assist in the identification/development of capacity needs of national institutions involved in the recovery and reconstruction process and respond for a rapid development of capacities through training inputs and augmenting staffing needs through short-term consultants/surge capacity staffing.

This position is open to applicants of either sex. Preference will be given to equally qualified women candidates. Only short listed candidates would be contacted.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreeAn advanced university degree (Masters) in a development related field.