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. The President of Pakistan issued a National Disaster Management Ordinance 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 establish 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 ProDoc has been singed with the Government of Pakistan to support implementation of the National Disaster Risk Management Framework (NDRMF).
As outlined in the Framework, the NDMA, with financial support from the World Bank and technical assistance from the UNDP, is establishing the Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) at the national and provincial levels. The EOCs are meant to provide a structure for responding to natural calamities and man-made disasters systematically and swiftly by receiving early warnings, relief and response information; analyzing resources vs. needs analysis and prioritization of available resources; issuing necessary instructions to the response agencies; and coordinating the activities as focal points. In this regard, the standard operating procedures (SOPs) would be developed explaining functions, roles and responsibilities of various departments and agencies to ensure effective functioning of EOCs.
The EOCs will coordinate with a number of public departments, semi-government and non-governmental organizations such as Civil Defence, Armed Forces, Health & Education departments, National Crises Management Cell, WAPDA, Federal Flood Commission, Planning & Development, Emergency Relief Cell, National Highway Authority, National Logistic Cell, Fire Services, Police Ambulance Services, Red Crescent, Edhi Foundation, and other agencies at respective levels. Also, the training and education will be considered as an essential component for maintaining the efficiency of ECOs. Therefore, specific and needs-based training modules would be developed for building capacities of the officials belonging to NDMA, provincial and district disaster management authorities.
The overall objective of the assignment is to assist national, provincial and district disaster management authorities in establishing Emergency Operations Centers at respective levels with clearly defined roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders for undertaking and coordinating response activities effectively and swiftly.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Emergency Operations Center Management Expert will perform duties according to the following Terms of Reference:
Develop a concept paper of national and provincial EOCs essentially covering the following in detail:
Theoretical / technical concepts and definitions of national and provincial EOCs;
Introduction and significance of national and provincial EOCs in disaster risk management;
Design and other structural aspects of EOC at national and provincial level;
List of items and equipments required for national and provincial EOCs;
Organizational structures, number of staff required for national and provincial EOCs and their job descriptions;
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of key national and provincial stakeholders for disaster response e.g. procedures for the activation and deactivation of EOCs, one, three and five years activity plans for strengthening and ensuring the usefulness of EOCs, etc.);
Undertake training needs assessment of the EOCs members at national and provincial level;
Conduct training on EOCs for staff of the national and provincial disaster management authorities;
Prepare a separate report of the training activity focusing on the participants’ feedback during the training sessions and recommend future training priorities;
Keep a close liaison with the National Risk Reduction Advisor and submit to him the monthly progress reports describing critical issues arising out during the reporting month and suggest measures for removing the shortcomings therein;
Submit the final report at the end of the assignment to the National Risk Reduction Advisor.
The Disaster Risk Assessment Specialist will report to the National Disaster Reduction Advisor on regular basis.
• Excellent technical knowledge and conceptual understanding about the establishment and management of EOCs;
• Excellent knowledge of disaster management in particular and multi-disciplinary development approaches in general;
• Highly developed analytical skills;
• Excellent training and facilitation skills;
• Ability to work with government officials and other technical agencies; and
• Excellent skills in technical writing.