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Field Coordinator (DEX-SC)

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Disaster Risk Reduction in Muzaffarabad & Battagram
Posted On:
29 June, 2007
Last Date to apply:
12 July, 2007
Experience in years
2 to 4

At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in implementing field based development projects, preferably disaster risk management projects;
At least 3 years of experience in designing and implementing training and awareness raising activities in the context of development projects;
At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in managing/implementing infrastructure related activities
Demonstrated experience in financial management;
Experience of working with government officials and with communities directly;
Individuals with experience of working with international NGOs in earthquake affected areas will be given preference;
Fluency in English and Urdu is essential. Ability in Kashmiri and Pashtu is desirable.


1.                  Background
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.
2.      Reporting
Under overall supervision of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, the Field Coordinator will report to the Project Manager. 
3.      Duties and Responsibilities
Field Coordinator will be responsible for implementation of project activities at the municipality level in her/his respective area. S/he will ensure that activities are implemented in an efficient manner and good quality standards are maintained. Field Coordinator will perform following tasks.
·         Take leadership in initiating and implementing project activities at the municipality level; 
·         Develop a plan for implementation of project activities in the municipality with active participation of local stakeholders;
·         Establish forums for participation of local stakeholders in project activities; e.g. municipal governments, communities, technical institutions and relevant civil society organizations;
·         Manage implementation of various structural and non-structural risk reduction activities;
·         Coordinate with District Reconstruction Units (DRUs) for integration of DRR into recovery process;
·         Take steps to ensure the quality of services and activities is maintained;
·         Supervise and coordinate the work of consultants/experts for various technical inputs;
·         Develop a good monitoring system to check progress and ensure the fulfillment of outcomes and outputs;
·         Manage the budget for implementation of municipality level activities;
·         Submit periodical reports to the project manager;
4.                  Competencies
·         Excellent knowledge of multi-disciplinary development approaches;
·         Highly developed decision-making and analytical skills;
·         Excellent interpersonal communication skills;  
·         Ability to work under stress and to undertake multi-tasking;  
·         Excellent skills in technical 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;

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreeMasters degree in social sciences or any development discipline related to disaster risk management;