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 UNDP coordination efforts shall contribute to this effort by supporting a coherent response in the arenas of residual relief, recovery and rehabilitation. UNDP initiatives 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.
On 8 October 2005 an earthquake measuring 7.6 devastated the northern regions of Pakistan 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. The earthquake resulted in loss of about 73,000 souls with some 70,000 injured. It has been touted as the worst natural disaster that has ever impacted Pakistan in its history.
About 72,000 acres of forest have been damaged in NWFP and 372,259 acres in AJK respectively. These severe damages have resulted in contributing to massive landslides during the monsoon season and during aftershocks. Large scale reconstruction will impose another threat to the environment without proper management. The implementation of the Environmental Strategy by all stake holders is key a responsibility. This task requires both hardware and software components to address the following interventions:
Immediate interventions (environmental assessment and safe disposal of waste generated due to relief activity)
Short Term interventions (solid waste management and debris removal)
Medium Term Interventions (mainstreaming environment safeguards in all reconstruction activities)
Long Term Interventions (NRM, slope stabilization, reforestation and improved watersheds)
The “Environmental Recovery Programme for the Earthquake Affected Areas” aims at mitigating landslip risks through integrated forestry, natural resource management and livelihood support activities. It also plans to manage waste generated due to the earthquake and subsequent relief activities, and create awareness about waste management and recycling of waste/debris for its use in the reconstruction of houses and other infrastructure. The Programme entails to undertake vulnerability assessment and mapping of the earthquake affected districts to introduce interventions to improve vegetation cover, reduce landslip risks, and to enhance livelihood opportunities. One of the important components of the Programme is to provide substituting alternatives to timber to meet energy and construction demand, in order to improve vegetation on hillsides to reinforce land stability.
2. Terms of Reference
Under the overall supervision of Programme Officer, and the direct management of NPC/NPM, the Senior Programme Associate would perform the following tasks:
• Provide assistance in ensuring timely and cost effective mobilization of UNDP inputs to produce result-oriented outputs by reviewing project work plans, monitoring progress and finding ways and means for improving project management strategy.
• Initiate and maintain close contact with Government Officials and other development partners to ensure smooth implementation of the project.
• Provide support in recruitment of project staff, draft Terms of Reference and undertake follow-up activities in recruitment and selection of appropriate candidates.
• Coordinate with the office staff for timely mobilization of UNDP Country Office Support Services and work effectively to resolve implementation bottlenecks.
• Draft correspondence, compile and organize documents. Receive and review requests from project field offices regarding procurements, subcontracts and quarterly advances.
• Ensure completion of all necessary documentation before submission to donor, generate, monitor and check financial reports.
• Support carrying out routine budget revisions in consultation with Crises Prevention & Recovery Unit.
• Maintain a good filing system, electronic or otherwise, of the programme.
• Compile and disseminate information/ documents on project activities as required by Programme Officer or Unit Chief.
• Provide all logistical support for meetings, seminars, workshops and missions.
Data entry of budget figures in ATLAS, revision of project award and project status.
• Presentation of information for internal and external audit of DEX projects.
• Preparation of non-PO vouchers for the project.
• Creation of requisitions in Atlas for Livelihood projects, register of goods receipt in ATLAS.
• Making budget check for requisitions, POs and vouchers
• Monthly field visits towards project offices for provision of feedback for financial and progress reports
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.