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Disaster Reduction Expert

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

At least 5 years experience in research, writing and programme management related to development or disaster risk reduction;
Experience of assisting local, provincial or national authorities in any development sectors, preferably in disaster risk reduction;
Experience in organizing forums, workshops and training events, preferably related to disaster risk reduction;

Language requirements
Fluency in English and Urdu is essential. Fluency in other languages of Pakistan is desirable.


1. Background

The Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit (CPRU) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the Government of Pakistan in establishing policy, legal and institutional arrangements for disaster risk reduction. The purpose of UNDP support is to develop and strengthen capacities of the Government of Pakistan at national, provincial and local levels to adopt strategies for reducing threat of disasters and minimizing their impact when they occur.
The Government of Pakistan is in the process of passing a National Disaster Management Ordinance, and establishing the National Disaster Management Commission (NDMA) and a National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Upon establishment of these institutions, capacity building initiatives will be developed and implemented by UNDP at national level and in all four provinces to help establish Provincial Disaster Management Commissions and Authorities and District Disaster Management Authorities. A five year programme, developed in consultation with relevant stakeholders, will be implemented in hazard prone parts of the country. The priorities identified by stakeholders include i) national hazard and vulnerability mapping, ii) strengthening early warning systems, iii) developing institutional and legal mechanisms, iv) promoting disaster risk reduction planning, v) training, education and awareness raising, vi) community and local level preparedness programming, vii) mainstreaming disaster risk management into development, viii) capacity development for emergency response, and ix) capacity development for post disaster recovery.
In this regard, the UNDP’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor is closely working with the national and provincial authorities. Scope of the National DRR Advisor’s work with the GOP includes identification of priorities, provision of technical assistance to authorities, advocacy, mobilization of donor support and support from other agencies; e.g. the UN, Media, and civil society for the governmental initiatives. The Disaster Reduction Specialist would work closely with the National DRR Advisor to strengthen’s UNDP’s assistance to the government.

2. Reporting
Under the overall supervision of the ARR, the Disaster Reduction Expert will report to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

Assist the National DRR Advisor in capacity building of government agencies at national, provincial and local levels. This might include the following: -

• Review of existing disaster preparedness and response plans and updating the plans as needed;
• Assist provincial and districts authorities in the formulation of risk reduction and preparedness plans, where non-existent;
• Prepare project proposals to support UNDP’s efforts for capacity building on DRR;
• Prepare project progress reports for submission to donors as required;
• Prepare technical reports, formats and methodologies on disaster risk reduction to strengthen the work of UNDP in DRR, as needed;
• Develop training materials including trainer’s manuals, participants workbooks, power points for training of government officials;
• Assist the National DRR advisor in management of consultants, through developing TORs, managing contracts, and supervising and maintaining reports;
• Coordinate with multiple stakeholders to identify needs, priorities, and develop strategies and to implement programmes for disaster risk reduction;
• Represent UNDP in different forums related to disaster risk reduction, when requested;
• Any other duties and responsibilities assigned by National DRR Advisor;

4. Competencies
• Highly developed analytical skills, particularly from a multi-disciplinary perspective, with the ability to integrate multi-disciplinary knowledge;
• Demonstrated ability to conduct high quality output oriented research and writing of technical reports, papers and documents;
• Ability to manage multiple tasks, and to discern between short and long priorities;
• Good interpersonal communication and coordination skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work under high pressure conditions and meet deadlines;
• A good understanding of disaster risk reduction concepts and approaches and their relationship with sectoral and sustainable development;

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreeAdvanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in social sciences or a discipline relevant to disaster risk reduction.