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National Project Manager

Job Category:
Project Managers
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
National Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management
Posted On:
16 October, 2008
Last Date to apply:
30 October, 2008
Experience in years
2 to 4

• At least 8-10 years of proven record with increasingly responsible experience in planning and managing technical and development co-operation programs, preferably related to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
• An in-depth knowledge of disaster risk issues in the country.
• Application of theoretical knowledge in the design and management of multi-disciplinary capacity building programs involving government, civil society or international organizations.
• Proven analytical and writing skills.
• Demonstrated abilities in guideline formulation, team building, team leadership and management, preferably related to the UN and Government systems.
• Experience in establishing networks and partnerships at the operational level.
• Experience of working with government departments and with communities directly, preferable;


The National Project Manager will directly report to the National Project Director of NCBDRM
Project and will coordinate with the UNDP Programme Officer concerned. The NPM shall
work closely with the National Disaster Reduction Advisor for guidance and support on technical
and strategic issues:

Pakistan continues to suffer from a plethora of natural and human induced hazards that threaten to affect the lives and livelihood of its citizens; e.g. floods, earthquakes, landslides, cyclones and drought, fires, civil unrest and terrorism and transport and industrial accidents. The Climate Change and related disaster risks have added an additional dimension to the task of development planners. The nation’s ability to increase its capacity to withstand natural and human induced disasters lies in the adoption of new strategies. Adopting a proactive approach would include disaster risk reduction with regards to particular hazards. Such an approach would be focused at benefiting the most vulnerable segments of population and it would raise the impact of national development strategy on poverty alleviation.

Under the overall umbrella of One UN Disaster Risk Management Program and in partnership with other UN agencies, the UNDP is supporting the Government of Pakistan in establishing policy, legal and institutional arrangements for disaster risk management. 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. Upon start of the Joint UN Disaster Risk Management Program from January 2009, the NCBDRM project will be subsumed into the Joint Program.

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 (NDMC) 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 DM Authorities, UNDP is working closely with NDMA and other stakeholders including the provincial and district governments, civil society and the at-risk communities.

Under the overall leadership and guidance of the National Project Director (NPD), the National Project Manager will be responsible for management of project activities at the national level in collaboration with selected federal ministries, provincial departments concerned, district governments and other relevant stakeholders. The NPM will perform following tasks:

1. Management of project implementation
• Ensure smooth overall management of the project
• Lead the project team in a systematic manner and hold regular meetings to discuss implementation progress, work plans, expenditures, and individual performance
• Provide direction and solutions to the project staff
• Resolve problems in implementation
• Facilitate convening of Project Steering Committee meetings twice a year
• Serve as the Secretariat to the Project Steering Committee
• Prepare annual and quarterly work-plan and budget as per prescribed format
• Prepare Monitoring, Evaluation and & Communication plans for the project
• Prepare and update risk and issues log
• Provide support and help in recruitment of the project team, procurement of project equipment and hiring of short term consultants or sub-contractors as per requirements endorsed in work plans
• Ensure compliance to security procedures

2. Coordination and advocacy
• Ensure effective coordination of all interventions by developing close working relations
with all stakeholders, especially the Government of Pakistan, donors, and civil society.
• Implement the partnership arrangements with UN agencies, as agreed in the Program
Document and harmonize interventions with other UN Agencies.
• Provide regular technical and administrative support to the NPD to ensure accomplishment of project objectives and benchmarks by seeking necessary guidance and support from the National Disaster Reduction Advisor (NDRA).
• Advocate for adoption of all-risks approach in development strategies of key Stakeholders.

3. Monitoring and Reporting
• Monitor the project to ensure that it is achieving the required targets
• Ensure that Annual Work Plan for the year is prepared and duly cleared by the NDRA and NPD for approval by the Project Steering Committee.
• Ensure that quarterly work plans and progress reports submitted within one week of the end of the respective term, addressing, i) consolidated sub-project results and impact, ii) key implementation issues and risks affecting work-plan implementation and proposed coping strategies, iii) experiences and strategic lessons learnt, iv) budgetary and financial expenditure details.
• Ensure field based monitoring of the implementation of project interventions through regular visits and meetings with different stakeholders; e.g. federal ministries, provincial governments, local authorities, civil society partners, academic institutions and communities.

4. Resource Mobilization:
• To assist in the mobilization of resources for project implementation and prepare agreements in line with the prescribed procedures and guidelines.
• Manage mobilization and provision of project inputs and production of outputs, according to the project document and procedures.
• Assist in mobilization of cost-sharing resources from the government, donors and other partners to leverage UNDP resources.

5. People Management
• Provide leadership to the team in management of the project by personal example
• Mentor the project team by providing them technical advice about their work
• Discuss problems and issues with the team members and advise them about possible solutions
• Hold regular team meetings to discuss progress, issues and solutions
• Be sensitive to the individual working styles of team members.

• Excellent knowledge of project management ;
• Good understanding of the public sector development programs;
• 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 professional manner;
• People management skills

Qualified Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreeMasters degree in natural or social sciences or any other discipline related to disaster risk management.