On 8 October, 2005, Pakistan was rocked by an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale. This earthquake has devastated, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and northern parts of the NWFP. The earthquake has affected more than 5 million people with more than 2.5 million in need of immediate relief support. The Federal and Provincial Governments, Donors, NGOs and UN System rushed relief assistance to the affected areas and relief efforts are still continuing.
The Government of Pakistan has established an Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority to spearhead the rehabilitation and reconstruction activities, in the wake of devastating earthquake of 08 October 2005, in the seven worst affected districts of NWFP and AJK. The Authority is mandated to:
• Survey and assess damages and needs in the earthquake affected areas;
• Formulate a comprehensive umbrella development plan for reconstruction of the damaged housing, settlements, social infrastructure, economic infrastructure, communication and transportation, energy and defense establishments;
• Initiate livelihoods support programmes for the affected population;
• Take all necessary steps for early formulation and implementation of the related projects and programmes
• Prescribe cost effective technology, building codes, architectural designs, specifications etc. for housing and public buildings to protect against future seismic activity
2. Duties & Responsibilities:
Working in the Environmental Protection Cell of ERRA with Programme Manager Environment under the direction of Director General (Planning), ERRA, and in close collaboration with other wings of ERRA and advisors/consultants for other components, the Environment Expert will be responsible for following activities:
• To review and integrate all available data on damages into to preparation of PC-1 in NWFP and AJK and produce firm estimates for use in planning, budgeting and implementation phasing.
• Provide Technical assistance in different departments at PERRA/SERRA&DRU in respect of sustainable environmental approach in development/rehabilitation.
• Develop a comprehensive plan for the rehabilitation of environmental damages on long term basis.
• Strengthening capacity of concerned provincial/state departments to undertake emergency infrastructure reconstruction.
• Identify & assess the issues observed necessary for sustainable use for revival of natural resources like water, forestry and wildlife.
• Chalk out policy for sustainable use of timber in the affected areas to ensure green construction.
• Develop a planning, management, coordination, implementation and monitoring mechanism for the component and activities therein, with due regard to overall ERRA management and implementation approach and in close consultation with the provincial/state and district governments and intended beneficiaries.
• Coordinate all activities identified under the implementation strategy and coordinate and monitor their implementation.
• Identify technical assistance/capacity building needs at all levels of implementation and develop TOR and phasing plan.
• Develop a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system in close collaboration with the M & E Wing of ERRA.