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 (titled National Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management) has been signed to support implementation of the National Disaster Risk Management Framework.
An important strategy of UNDP is to implement hazard specific local and community level initiatives to promote a culture of disaster prevention and to reduce local vulnerabilities. In this regard, UNDP has allocated resources for Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction and Preparedness in Quetta City. Quetta is located in the seismic zone four and is amongst the most vulnerable regions in Pakistan. It has experienced earthquakes in 1931 and 1935, whereas in the later event over 30,000 people were killed and the whole city was flattened.
Under the Project five key areas will be covered in order to develop capacities of the Quetta municipality. This will include i) Establishment of Municipal Disaster Management Authority, ii) Earthquake Risk Assessment of the Quetta municipality, iii) Preparation of the Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction Plan iv) On the job training for local engineers/masons, v) Preparation of Simple Guidelines on Earthquake Safer Construction, vi) Awareness raising of communities and vi) demonstration construction projects on earthquake safer construction/retrofitting. The total duration of the project is about 15 months.
Under overall supervision of the National Project Director, the Project Coordinator will report to the National Project Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities
Project Coordinator/structural engineer will be responsible for implementation and management of project activities at the municipality level in Quetta. S/he will ensure that activities are implemented in an efficient manner and good quality standards are maintained. Project 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;
· Establish institutional arrangements for disaster risk management in Quetta; e.g. the Municipal Disaster Management Authority (MDMA);
· Manage implementation of various earthquake vulnerability reduction initiatives; e.g. earthquake risk assessment, development of an earthquake risk scenario for municipality, earthquake risk reduction planning, training on earthquake safe construction, and implementation of structural and non-structural measures for earthquake vulnerability reduction;
· Take steps to ensure that the quality of services and activities is maintained;
· Engage consultants/experts on as needed basis to deliver various services in the project;
· Establish institutional partnerships with appropriate technical institutions to promote earthquake vulnerability reduction practices and safer construction;
· 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 National Project Manager;
· 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;
· Ability to work under stress situations and to undertake multiple tasks.