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Consultant (drought expert)

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Job Type:
Full Time
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Posted On:
27 January, 2010
Last Date to apply:
13 February, 2010
Experience in years
2 to 4

Consultant must have minimum 10 years hands on experience of working on drought hazard and related fields. He/she must have substantial technical expertise, research and analytical skills in carrying out a range of disaster preparedness and mitigation activities


Human resource development is an integral part of Disaster Risk Management (DRM). Structural and / or engineering interventions yield far less dividends if research, training and awareness components are undermined. In South Asia, DRM is relatively a new subject but owing to the region’s exposure to a number of natural and human-induced threats, different countries have started taking a holistic approach by establishing dedicated institutes for public awareness and capacity building purposes.
For instance, the Government of India established NIDM in 2003 whereas the National Disaster Management Authority was created two years later in 2005. It reflects the significance of research and training for reducing disaster risks and lessening hazard impacts. It is widely argued by disaster experts that knowledge, information and training make a community more resilient against the consequences of hazards.
Pakistan is one of the eight countries in which the UN Country Teams are piloting “delivering as one” initiatives. An important component of that UN Reform effort is the “One UN Program” that comprises the Joint Programs and Joint Program Components through which the Participating UN Organizations will contribute to Pakistan’s socio-economic development.
Thirteen out of nineteen UN agencies operating in Pakistan have planned and developed a Joint programme to address the needs for disaster risk management in Pakistan. The programme is planned for activities till 2010. The DRM joint programme will assist the Government of Pakistan in developing national capacities and systems for disaster risk management on a sustainable basis. These will reduce the impact of disasters on the most vulnerable segments of the population, increase national and local level capacities to be better prepared and to timely respond to the occurrence of disaster and thus contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. One of the main component is capacity building of key stakeholders including educational / training institutions and relevant Government counterparts at the federal, provincial and district level along with NGOs’ and the private sector for an enhanced DRM system.
The following is a succinct description of theObjectives
·         To develop curriculum on Disaster Risk Management for government officials, private sector, media, NGOs and community organizations
·         To undertake research for informed policy-making and programming on Disaster Risk Management
·         To offer training courses and diplomas in partnership with a public-sector university
·         To develop linkages and build partnerships with national and international academic institutes
Consultancy Objective
The overall purpose of the consultancy is to develop a manual on various aspects of Drought Mitigation as part of curriculum development for the NIDM. The manual is expected to contribute in capacity building of district level government officials in reducing the vulnerability of community to droughts.
Expected Outputs
·         Develop a comprehensive training manual on Drought Mitigation in Urdu language within the given timeframe
·         Provide inputs on content of the manual as and when required
·         Incorporate recommendations made by the review committee before final submission
·         Develop respective modules as mentioned in the attached outline
Timeframe and Reporting
The consultancy will be completed within twelve weeks (3 months) of the signing of contract. The consultant will report to the DRM training coordinator and will be required to submit first draft of the manual in fourth week.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
 Master DegreeMasters Degree Master’s level university degree in engineering, agriculture, metrology, disaster management or other relevant disciplines is required

Must Title Level Description
 Drought hazard and related fieldsGood  • Applicant must have minimum 10 years hands on experience of working on drought hazard and related fields. He/she must have substantial technical expertise, research and analytical skills in carrying out a range of disaster preparedness and mitigation activities • Must have experience in writing manuals and developing SoPs for responding to droughts • Must have experience of conducting trainings on drought mitigation • Must have excellent facilitation, coordination, negotiation and communication skills • Must have extensive knowledge of community based disaster preparedness especially in use of tools such as PRAs etc • Must be fluent in Urdu having excellent writing skills • High personal standards, with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy