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.
Role and Responsibilities
The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will directly report to the National Project Manager of NCBDRM Project and will coordinate with the UNDP Programme Officer concerned. The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer shall also work closely with the National Disaster Reduction Advisor for guidance and support on technical and strategic issues:
Preparation of benchmarks and monitoring plan for all the Disaster Recovery Program components;
Develop the overall framework for project M&E, for example, annual project reviews, participatory impact assessments, process monitoring, operations monitoring and lessons-learned workshops.
Guide the process for identifying the key performance questions and parameters for monitoring project performance and comparing it to targets. Design the format for such performance reports.
Coordinate monitoring activities on all the project sites;
Supporting and providing technical advice to the staff in tasks related to mobilizing and executing disaster recovery interventions under the project;
Evaluate and report on the adequacy of various indicators for any mid course corrections
Coordinate the communication with the partners on all matters pertaining to the monitoring of programme activities in various districts
Coordinate the documentation and sharing of lesson learned among the project staff and partner staff.
Providing inputs for all reports on the achievements of the project and the lessons learnt, by every quarter, for a review meeting with Steering Committee
Review monitoring reports, analyze them for impact evaluation and to identify the causes of potential bottlenecks in project implementation.
• 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