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Disaster Risk Reduction Assistant

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
03 October, 2006
Last Date to apply:
14 October, 2006
Experience in years
2 to 4

Proven record of achievement with increasingly responsible experience of 3-5 years in planning and managing technical co-operation strategies and relevant advocacy programmes in disaster reduction, emergency response and post-disaster recovery. Extensive field experience in disaster environments and an in-depth knowledge of issues in the country.

Application of theoretical knowledge in the design, management and evaluation of complex, multi-disciplinary capacity building programmes involving the governments, civil society and international organizations. Well proven analytical and writing skills. Demonstrated abilities and contributions to policy and guideline formulation, resource mobilization, team building, team leadership and management, preferably in a capacity related to the UN system. Experience in establishing inter-organizational networks and partnerships at the operational level.

Fluency in Urdu and English essential.



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 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, as well as raise the impact of national development strategy on poverty alleviation

The situation strongly advocates the need for initiation of an assessment process of prevalent hazards, vulnerabilities of the populations, their capacities and the threatening risks.  Based on such an assessment a comprehensive preparedness and mitigation strategy as well as a mitigation policy will need to be formulated in order to better manage and coordinate activities of the various line departments and civil society.

Disaster Risk Reduction Assistant:

The UNDP has been spearheading the initiative for establishing a disaster risk reduction programme to safeguard communities from future disasters in the country. Pending establishing of the National Disaster Management Authority, it will be useful to undertake Hazard Vulnerability and Capacities Assessment for formulation of effective disaster risk reduction plans at the communities’ level in the earthquake affected zones. The DRR Assistant will assist DRR Advisor in implementing disaster risk reduction programmes in the earthquake affected areas.

Under the overall supervision  of the  ARR, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit and the direct supervision of DRR Advisor, the Disaster Risk Reduction Assistant will perform the following tasks:

Assist the Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor in the development of disaster risk reduction strategies of key stakeholders; while initiating capacity building and skills training activities.

Collect, compile and update/complement in a database, the existing information on hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities in the region 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 learning and human resource development in the field of disaster reduction.  Organise and conduct, when called upon, periodic and special training for government staff and other partners on disaster reduction policy and practice.  Seek support from DRU, DMTP and other inter-agency mechanisms to ensure coherent and widely accepted approaches.

Assist DRR Advisor to mobilize cost-sharing resources from the government, donors and other partners to leverage UNDP resources for disaster reduction.

In the event of a disaster, act as a lead team member with the DRR Advisor to coordinate immediate response, the early recovery programmes and mobilise technical and financial resources for critical aspects such as damage assessments, livelihood restoration, housing and built environment.

Advocate and promote awareness and understanding of the link and mutually supportive goals and objectives of disaster reduction and sustainable development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMASTER'S DEGREEMasters DegreeLocal QualifiedAdvanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in social sciences/Applied Geology or a discipline relevant to disaster reduction with recognized contributions to the theory and practice of disaster reduction. Specialised training in DRR will be added advantage.