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 the impact of disaster events upon communities.
The Government of Pakistan has established policy and institutional mechanisms at national, provincial and district levels. A National Disaster Management Ordinance has been issued by the President on 21st of December 2006. Under the Ordinance a National Disaster Management Commission (NDMA) and a National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has been established. The National Commission has notified the provincial, regional and state governments to established disaster management authorities at provincial and district levels.
In order to develop capacities of the newly established national provincial and district authorities, the UNDP is working closely with the National Disaster Management Authority. A Program Document is being signed to support implementation of the National Disaster Risk Management Framework.
An important strategy of UNDP is to implement local and community level initiatives to promote a culture of disaster prevention and to reduce local vulnerabilities. In this regard, UNDP has received financial support from the Government of Japan to implement local level initiatives in two earthquake affected towns of Muzaffarabad and Battagram.
Under the Project five key areas will be covered in order to develop capacities of the municipalities of Muzafarabad and Battagram. This will include i) risk assessment of the municipalities, ii) establishment of Municipal Disaster Management Authorities, iii) capacity development of the municipal disaster management authorities through training, development of Municipal Disaster Risk Management Plans, conduct of simulation exercises, iv) improve awareness of public officials and communities, and facilitate reflective learning practices on disaster risk management amongst communities and municipality officials.
The total duration of the project is about 22 months. A Project Management Team (PMT) will implement the project. The team will be comprised upon five staff. All staff of the project except the Project Manager will be based at Muzaffarabad and Battagram.
Under the overall supervision of the ARR/CPRU, the Project Manager will report to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor.
3. Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Manager will be responsible for overall management of project activities and will ensure that project implementation is done in an efficient manner while delivering good quality services. In order to facilitate overall implementation, the Project Manager will perform following tasks.
· Lead the Project Team to initiate and plan project activities as given in the work plan;
· Supervise the project team for implementation of the planned activities;
· Take steps to ensure the quality of services and activities;
· Maintain a monitoring system to check project progress and ensure the achievement of outcomes and outputs given in the logical framework matrix;
· Submit project reports to donors as per the schedule given in the project document;
· Create an encouraging and creative working environment to motivate the project team;
· Manage project budget and ensure that spending is done according the budget given in the project document;
· Engage consultants/experts on as needed basis to deliver various services in the project;
· Establish institutional partnerships with appropriate technical or governance institutions to facilitate implementation of project activities;
· Ensure that the project is implemented with full participation of local stakeholders; e.g. communities, municipal governments, technical institutions and any relevant civil society organizations;
· Develop a visibility plan of the project and ensure that Government of Japan, International Recovery Platform (IRP) and UNDP/BCPR gets proper acknowledgement in relevant forums for their contributions under the project;
· Excellent knowledge of multi-disciplinary development approaches;
· Highly developed decision making skills;
· Excellent people management skills;
· Ability to lead the team from the front through personal demonstration;
· Ability to negotiate with counterpart government officials and with other technical agencies;
· Excellent skills in technical writing and report writing;
· Good physical health and ability to travel to local areas with basic travel facilities;
· Positive attitude with a mind set of delivering development services in a most professional manner;
· Excellent listening skills;
· Ability to work under stress situations and manage multiple tasks;