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 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 Project Document has been signed to support implementation of the National Disaster Risk Management Framework, titled National Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management. The project will be implemented under the framework of the One UN joint programme for Disaster Risk Management.
The current development planning of various ministries and departments is not sensitive to risks of disasters. Therefore, important infrastructure is built in locations that are prone to natural hazards without considering the risks posed by these hazards. This results in colossal losses to the national, provincial and local economy. Government has to reallocate precious resources from other development priorities in order to re-construct the damaged infrastructure. This negatively effects the economic and social development of the country. Therefore, an important priority under the project is to integrate disaster risk reduction into the development policy and programming of the sectoral ministries and departments. In this regard, the UNDP intends to work with five sectoral ministries initially at the national and provincial, local levels.
Assistance will be provided to these ministries in development of technical guidelines on disaster risk assessment of their relevant programs and projects (existing and future) and in integration of disaster risk management into the design and implementation of future development projects/infrastructure. In this regard, the structural engineer/Mainstreaming Expert will work with another expert to provide advice on mitigation of hazard risks during implementation of development projects as described in the Output 10 of the National Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management Program. The other expert is knowledgeable about the government procedures and systems and can facilitate the technical work of the structural engineer/mainstreaming expert.
Under overall supervision of the National Project Director, the Mainstreaming Expert will report to the National DRR Advisor.
3. Duties and Responsibilities
Mainstreaming Expert will be responsible for implementation of project activities at the national level in collaboration with selected federal and provincial ministries and departments. Mainstreaming Expert will perform following tasks.
• Design and implement activities on integration of disaster risk management into the policy, plans and programmes of selected federal and provincial ministries;
• Formulate Ministerial Working Groups initially with the ministries to integrate DRR into their development policies and programs;
• Facilitate review of the annual programme planning processes and procedures of each ministry (sector) with a view to incorporate disaster risk assessment;
• Facilitate analysis on identification of opportunities for integration of disaster risk reduction in programme/project implementation;
• Assist in identification of sectoral needs for capacity development on integration of disaster risk assessment and disaster risk reduction;
• Develop a work plan to implement: i) incorporation of risk assessment in the ministerial procedures and processes, ii) integration of risk reduction in project implementation through pilot projects and iii) capacity development of the ministries at national, provincial and local levels in the above two areas;
• Develop technical guidelines on integration of risk reduction measures in the construction of new infrastructure and for strengthening of existing critical infrastructure of respective ministries;
• Develop training curriculum for orientation of respective ministries about disaster risk management and its integration into development planning and programming;
• Organize training for the ministries in collaboration with team members;
• Implement the work plan for integration disaster risk reduction into the selected ministries;
• Undertake monitoring visits to check progress in integration of DRR into ministries/sectors
• Prepare periodical reports on the progress in integration of disaster risk reduction into various ministries/sectors;
• Ensure coordination with other UN agencies working in the joint DRM programme;
• Any other activities assigned by NDRA with regards to mainstreaming of DRM;
• Excellent knowledge of structural engineering and various technologies available in Pakistan for construction of infrastructure/buildings;
• Good understanding of the public sector development programmes;
• 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;