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Land Stability /NRM/Livelihoods Officer

Job Category:
CPRU
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Positions:
1
Agency / Project:
Environmental Recovery Programme for the Earthquake Affected Areas
City/Location:
Muzaffarabad, with frequent travel to earthquake affected areas of NWFP & AJK
Country:
Pakistan
Posted On:
07 May, 2007
Last Date to apply:
20 May, 2007
Experience in years
2 to 4
Experience:

At least 7 years of experience in natural resource management and rehabilitation projects.
Special experience of soil analysis and bio-engineering techniques with use of GIS techniques for environmental management.
Project management experience of forestry and green sector with integration of environmental impact assessment for disaster risk reduction and livelihoods security through natural resource management.
Familiar with data collection methods, tools and monitoring plans
Excellent interpersonal skills, team oriented work style
Excellent communication & report writing skills in English
Proficient at use of computer/IT
Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision
Excellent ability to quickly grasp and synthesize inputs
Working knowledge of local languages will be an advantage

Description:
 

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.

1. Background

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 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 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 livelihood 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.

Duties and Responsibilities
The LS/NRM/LH Officer will work under the overall supervision of National Programme Coordinator, Environmental Recovery Programme, and will assist the project team especially the Landslide/NRM Specialist in the execution of the project activities. His/her responsibilities will include the following:
i. Play an important role in realization of project outputs and outcomes through timely implementation of activities in a well planned, organized and coordinated manner;
ii. Implementation of the component of the programme related to the landslide risk reduction, livelihoods and Natural Resources Management under the guidance and direct supervision of the LS/NRM Specialist and the technical experts of the project;
iii. Provide assistance in the development of a framework for community based watershed management activities and its subsequent implementation with the involvement of communities and district level organizations;
iv. Assist the experts in the field activities regarding landslide & landslip vulnerability analysis and hazard mapping
v. Assist in the establishment of 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. Assist and participate in different training programmes to be held at the district level for the implementing partners and local authorities on risk mitigation, improving vegetation cover, reducing landslide damages, and creating livelihood opportunities;
vii. Provide necessary timely feedback on various implementation issues to the project management for their early resolution and ensuring smooth implementation of the project activities;
viii. 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
ix. Provide and prepare regular updates and input for preparation of different progress 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.


Education
Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesUniversity DegreeBachelors Degree (4 Years)a university degree in Forest Management/Landslip Management/Environmental Engineering or Soil Conservation with at least 7 years of experience in natural resource management and rehabilitation projects.