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 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:
ï‚§ Immediate interventions (environmental assessment and safe disposal of waste generated due to relief activity)
ï‚§ Short Term interventions (solid waste management and debris removal)
ï‚§ Medium Term Interventions (mainstreaming environment safeguards in all reconstruction activities)
ï‚§ Long Term Interventions (NRM, slope stabilization, reforestation and improved watersheds)
The 8th October earthquake has activated numerous landslides in the earthquake affected areas, which pose a major threat to the human life, physical infrastructure and livelihood of the people. Landslides have claimed many lives and denuded a vast area of vegetation. The subsequent rains and snowfall are accelerating the destabilization process. The “Environmental Recovery Programme for the Earthquake Affected Areas” aims at mitigating landslide risks through engineering and bio-engineering measures and integrated forestry and natural resource management plans together with activities to support the livelihoods of the people. One of the important components of the Programme is to provide substituting alternatives to meet energy demand, in order to improve vegetation and to reduce pressure on forests which are being cut for heating requirements
2. Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the National Project Coordinator, Environmental Recovery Programme, the LS/NRM/Livelihood Specialist will be responsible for the following:
i. Work closely with the project team, local communities, and other key stakeholders to plan and successfully implement the slope stability, natural resource management and livelihood components of the project;
ii. Carry out landslide vulnerability assessment and hazard mapping around the major cities, towns and major road links over an area of 10, 000 sq.km of the earthquake affected area with the technical assistance of NESPAK and Geological Survey of Pakistan;
iii. Prepare Report on landslides & landslips Vulnerability Assessment / Hazard Mapping for use by the project and its further dissemination to the key stakeholders;
iv. Develop an implementation plan on the basis of vulnerability analysis/hazard mapping to initiate engineering works and bio-engineering measures for land stabilization activities at identified locations;
v. Develop a mechanism and 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; and monitor the functioning of the selling points;
vi. Design and conduct training programmes, to equip staff of Forest Departments, local authorities and other implementing partners with the knowledge on land use and risk management and its dissemination to local communities and other stake holders;
vii. Initiate social mobilization for participation of the local communities in forestry and land stabilization works and expanding the livelihoods opportunities for them;
viii. Prepare integrated forest management plan, and initiate its implementation in the two selected watersheds in Bagh and Mansehra districts
ix. Ensure close liaison and participation of all the project stakeholders including government departments, NGOs, other similar programme and projects being implemented by UNDP and other agencies in the project area for building synergies and sharing information
x. Provide input in the preparation of project’s implementation plans, progress reports, and prepare required manuals, guidelines and field activity and monitoring 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.