Heavy rains, floods, snowfall and avalanches hit Balochistan, NWFP, AJK and the Northern Areas of Pakistan through the months of January and February. The UN System in Pakistan, through the UN Disaster Management Team responded to this crisis in a coordinated manner under the guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator. The Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery of UNDP New York allocated a sum of US$ 100,000 to the country office for providing coordination, monitoring and logistical support to the relief assistance in the affected areas. For this purpose, an Emergency Coordination Team will be constituted for monitoring, coordination, and logistical support for the relief efforts and rehabilitation needs assessment of the affectees. This team would be led by the National Emergency Coordinator.
Rehabilitation needs assessment would be undertaken to assess the medium and long-term relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance needs in the worst affected areas of the two provinces. For this purpose, two separate teams would be constituted comprising of members from the relevant UN Agencies and NGOs who have shown interest in joining this work.
The National Emergency Coordinator would be performing his duties under the direct supervision of ARR, CPR Unit and overall guidance of the DRR/Director Development Division. The terms of reference of the National Emergency Coordinator are as follows
2. Terms of Reference
Provide support in the selection and fielding of the emergency coordination and needs assessment teams.
Collect and collate information on situation in the affected areas, assess relief needs, identify gaps in relief assistance and report to the supervisor for sharing of this information with the stakeholders concerned.
Report on the status of relief assistance provided to the affectees.
Assist in coordination and logistical support to the relief efforts in the affected areas.
Lead rehabilitation needs assessment missions in the affected areas and prepare joint reports by integrating input from other members of the assessment teams.
Maintain close liaison with the Provincial and District authorities concerned and National and International NGOs involved in relief activities in the affected areas.
The candidate should have
An advanced degree in disaster management, development or related fields;
Proven experience of coordinating and leading emergency assessments;
At least ten years work experience in management of emergency programmes, planning, implementation and monitoring;
A basic understanding of the UN system and its operational modalities;
Willingness to visit difficult and remote regions;
Availability for numerous visits outside the base location;
Excellent communication and IT skills;
Excellent writing and language skills in English
4. Timing and duration Four months starting from last week of March, 2005.
5. Duty Station Islamabad with extensive travel to affected areas in Balochistan, NWFP, AJK and Northern Areas of Pakistan.