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Specialist, Environmental Recovery (SSA)

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Programme Formulation Mission: Assistance to Refugee Affected Areas
Islamabad with missions to NWFP and Balochistan
Posted On:
31 May, 2008
Last Date to apply:
07 June, 2008
Experience in years
2 to 4

10 years working experience in planning, design and implementation of development projects at regional and community levels including relevant experience in policy design and formulation addressing natural resources development and environmental degradation; excellent communication and interpersonal skills, report writing and computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point. Fluency in English required and knowledge of local languages desirable.

Duration: 30 calendar days


All interested candidates should submit their CVs either through the UNDP web interface: jobs.undp.org.pk, or email your CVs directly, with a cover letter to Shaista Hussain, Programme Officer UNDP (shaista.hussain@undp.org) by no later than 8 June 2008

Pakistan has seen an influx of refugees from Afghanistan since Soviet invasion on Afghanistan in 1979 and until 2001, that has reached a cumulative number of more than 2 million. For over 27 years, the presence of millions of Afghan Refugees in Pakistan had/has impacted the livelihoods, environment, the physical infrastructure, social services and the quality of the life of the already marginalized communities of NWFP and Balochistan. The decade’s long presence of Afghan Refugees in the camps as well as in the urban areas of Pakistan has aggravated the already deteriorated resources and services available to the affected and hosting local communities, often giving rise to conflicts between the refugees and the local people. This realization by UNHCR and UNDP led to the emergence of Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas Project (RAHA) which seeks to address the social, economic and environmental consequences in areas affected by the long presence of Afghans and which still host large number of Afghans by contributing to halt and reverse the negative impacts.

At the International Donor’s Conference on Afghan refugees in 2005, held in Brussels, the Government of Pakistan requested three interventions and support thereof from the International Community to further develop comprehensive solutions for Afghans in Pakistan:

1. Census and Registration of Afghan citizens in Pakistan;
2. Increased assistance for development and reintegration in Afghanistan and
3. Development assistance for areas affected by the long presence of large numbers of Afghans and Development assistance for communities who are presently hosting Afghan population or “refugee villages”;

To this connection, Pre-phase of RAHA project was launched by UNHCR, UNDP and Government of Pakistan (SAFRON/CCAR/EAD) in order to analyze the situation on ground. The Needs Assessment exercise was divided into two phases addressing two different sectoral building blocks. Phase One (addressing health, education and water & sanitation sectors) contains sectors where UNHCR and its implementing partners have already acquired considerable knowledge and expertise over the years. Phase Two (addressing environment/natural resources, livelihoods and capacities and basic pysical infrastructure) encompasses new more development oriented interventions basically aimed at environmental restoration and socio-economic recovery of selected Refugee Affected Areas.

The first phase was conducted in 2006 under the direct supervision of UNHCR using existing capacities and knowledge from current sectoral implementing and operational partners in the respective areas. The second phase of the needs assessment for the RAAs was conducted from August to December 2007. UNDP as a lead agency, in collaboration with UNHCR, hired a team of consultants to conduct the needs assessment in the refugee affected districts (rural areas only, 23 union councils) in NWFP (Peshawar, Nowshera, Swabi and Haripur districts) and Balochistan (Quetta, Pishin, Killa Abdullah, Loralai, Chaghai districts).

The Needs Assessment exercise was a multi – stakeholder operation supporting the formulation of the Refugee Affected Areas (RAA) programme of the Government of Pakistan (GOP). The key objective of the Needs Assessment exercise was to provide information, analysis and recommendations in support of possible future interventions addressing the consequences of environmental degradation and negative impacts on socio-economic sectors in areas and communities affected by high concentration of Afghans.

The finding of the need assessment (s) need to be backed up by a developmental process that will show real benefits for the residents of the Refugee Affected Areas (RAA) and to promote an environment of social inclusion and cohesion between the Pakistani population and the Refugees. After clearing the final report of the needs assessment in April 2008, the Federal and two Provincial Governments requested UN assistance in quickly delivering a cohesive package of interventions for RAAs. The report was also presented to the UN Country Team and the Joint Programme Thematic Working Groups in order to incorporate recommended interventions from the needs assessment within the existing joint programme framework. The Refugee Affected Areas (RAA) initiative is a joint initiative of the Government of Pakistan (SAFRON/CCAR/EAD) and UNDP/UNHCR supported by the UN Country Team due to the links with the Refugees cross-cutting issue in the One UN joint programming exercise that started in 2007.

The Programme Formulation Mission responds to the Government’s request to design a cohesive approach in delivering the multi-sectoral interventions in RAAs, addressing special characteristics of these areas, such as social cohesion where refugees are living in the local communities, and the coordination required between institutions dealing with refugees and those in charge of development programmes. The Mission will prepare a programme document that identifies the goals, objectives and expected outcomes, stating clearly the implementation arrangements both within the government and the UN System, considering the UN Joint Programmes that are also in the final stages of formulation. The Mission should ensure that the capacity and needs of the various stakeholders are realistically considered and that an institutional system is developed to sustain the programme interventions beyond the programme life, taking into account both the human, technical and financial aspects.

UNDP will take the lead in the Programme Formulation Mission, also bringing in expertise from TWGs and UN agencies to make effective use of the diverse expertise within the United Nations system. The mission will start in June 2008 for two-three months. The programme formulation mission team will be composed of the following expertise:

• Team Leader, Institutional expert
• Livelihoods, social cohesion and community development specialist
• Basic physical infrastructure specialist
• Environmental recovery specialist
• Health *
• Education *
• Agriculture *

*Other members from TWGs and interested UN agencies to contribute.

The formulation process will include three major steps as follows (details and timeline to be determined at the outset of the mission):

1.Document Review (Desk Study and lead participatory meetings among the programme formulation team): UNDP/UNHCR Needs Assessment Reports and related presentation material, UN joint programme documents (JP strategies and logframes), previous studies conducted by UNDP and UNHCR and any other related document.

2. Consultations with the Federal, Provincial and concerned local governments, UN Joint Programme Thematic Working Groups and Cross-cutting issues group, local communities, relevant civil society organizations, donor partners.

3. Draft a Programme document that includes the situational analysis, proposed strategy, objectives, outputs and key activities, institutional and implementation arrangements (including government implementing agencies, supporting/participating UN agencies, other implementing or associated local partners), risks and risk management strategies, budget, logframe with results indicators and work plan. Determine the elements forming a distinct Joint Programme Component (under Agriculture, Rural Development and Poverty Reduction) and those elements mainstreamed in existing Joint Programmes areas. Establish the link with the broader RAHA (Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas) framework.

Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader and through him to the Assistant Resident Representative Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit, the key responsibilities of the Environment Recovery Specialist include:

1. Document Review (Desk Study and lead participatory meetings among the programme formulation team): UNDP/UNHCR Needs Assessment Reports and related presentation material, UN joint programme documents (JP strategies and logframes), previous studies conducted by UNDP and UNHCR and any other related document.

2. Under the overall guidance of the Team Leader, conduct interviews and meetings with the federal, provincial and district governments, UN Joint Programme Thematic Working Groups (in particular Environment TWG) and other stakeholders, to seek final suggestions on the programme formulation.

3. Identify clearly the needs, requirements and priorities for carrying out environmental recovery for the programme under formulation, stating clearly the implementation arrangements and ensuring that the needs of the stakeholders are incorporated to the extent possible, within the broader programme framework.

4. Assist the Team Leader in designing log frame/results and resource framework with respect to environmental recovery in the Refugee Affected Areas.

5. Ensure that there exists an institutional: policy, technical and financial system to sustain the sector interventions beyond the programme life, taking into account both the capacities and financial aspects.

6. Assist the team leader in drafting the programme document in relation to the specific areas.

7. Assist the Team Leader in presenting the draft programme document to stakeholders.

8. Assist the Team Leader in finalising the Programme Document, incorporating comments and making necessary adjustments.