Context Following the promulgation of National Disaster Management Ordinance (NDMO) 2006, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was established in 2007 to steer the process of DRM as focal point at the federal level. Similarly, the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) have also been established in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, NWFP, AJ&K and Northern Areas. Since its inception, NDMA has undertaken a number of initiatives with support from international donor community especially the UN System in Pakistan. In order to further strengthen the national Disaster Risk Management (DRM) system, a One-UN Joint DRM Programme was launched in early 2009 for an initial time-frame of two years. The Programme is assisting the Government of Pakistan through its four significant outcomes, i.e. strengthening the institutional and policy framework; understanding and monitoring of risks; supporting information management and communication system; and developing community-based DRM system which will include training people, promoting volunteerism and raising public awareness about DRM issues.Given the significance of the on-going and planned activities of NDMA especially under the One-UN Joint DRM Programme, there is a need to engage media persons working in the national print and electronic media for effective, research-based and proactive reporting of issues pertaining to Disaster Risk Management. However, this objective can best be achieved through providing journalists with relevant material in English and Urdu languages and imparting essential disaster reporting skills and techniques through training initiatives. In this backdrop, UNDP seeks the services of a media consultant for developing a Guidebook on Disaster Reporting in English and Urdu languages in the national perspective.
The media consultant will report to the National Project Manager, One-UN Joint DRM Programme.
Terms of Reference
The Media Coordinator will be responsible for the following:
§ Review existing literature and develop outline of the Guidebook on Disaster Reporting;
§ As per agreed outline, develop the first draft in English language. Case studies and disaster reporting templates will be an integral part of the book;
§ Identify key media experts and facilitate a review session on the first draft of the book;
§ Revise the first draft on the basis of the suggestions / recommendations of the review session;
§ Submit the final draft of the book in English language;
§ Translate the English version in Urdu language and submit the first draft;
§ Incorporate changes and submit the final draft in Urdu language;
§ Facilitate a 3-day Disaster Reporting training course for journalists as master trainer in Islamabad;
§ Submit a brief report of the training course.
In addition to above ToRs, the consultant will also be required to ensure the following
Keep the language of the English version simple and fluent .The Urdu version does not require a word-to-word translation. It should focus on explaining the content in an easy-to-understand style National and international practices of both good and bad disaster reporting will be an essential part of the Guidebook;
The Urdu version will be composed using the INPAGE URDU software.
Duration of Assignment: 3 months