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 a 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. Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of Assistant Resident Representative (CPRU), the NPM/NPC (LS/NRM/Livelihood), will provide leadership role for implementation of the Programme and ensure provision of top quality Programme management services to effectively manage and implement the Programme activities towards achieving its desired objectives. His/her responsibilities will include the following:
i. Lead the Implementation of the Programme in accordance with the Programme outputs and outcomes stipulated in the Programme document, in a well-planned and timely manner;
ii. Ensure close liaison and participation of federal, provincial and district level authorities, organizations and NGOs and other stakeholders to garner support for effective implementation of the Programme;
iii. Initiate and lead the implementation of the Programme component related to the landslip risk reduction, livelihoods and Natural Resources Management;
iv. Supervise and provide necessary guidance to the Project Manager (Waste/Debris Management) for the smooth implementation of Waste/Debris Management component of the Programme;
v. Establish a network for providing alternate fuel wood substitution that may include setting up of LPG selling points at different locations with involvement of the private sector;
vi. Provide support and training to the implementing partners and local authorities on risk mitigation, improving vegetation cover, reducing landslip damages, and creating livelihood opportunities;
vii. Develop and initiate a framework for community based watershed management activities with the involvement of communities and district level organizations;
viii. Coordinate with other programmes and projects for building synergies and sharing information;
ix. Provide regular updates on progress implementation and prepare monthly, quarterly and annual 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.