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Programme Coordinator

Job Category:
Project Managers
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
PAK/96/006 Area Development Programme Balochistan (ADPB)
Posted On:
07 March, 2005
Last Date to apply:
20 March, 2005
Experience in years
2 to 4

The Programme Coordinator should be a renowned Manager / Community Development Practitioner. He/She will supervise a team of experts in various disciplines and closely work with local communities, line departments and NGOs and will spend some 50% of the time in the field. Special requirements of the position are as follows:

15 or more years of practical experience in the design, management and implementation of community based rural development programs.

At least 5 years of experience of managing projects with any international agency and should have a good understanding of the UN Agencies programs in Pakistan. Familiarity with the UNDP procedures will be an added qualification.

Must be familiar with the global issues of sustainable development and GoPís commitments in that regard.

Must be totally committed to the participatory philosophy of the Program and have demonstrated commitment to creating sustainable livelihoods and alleviating the poverty of rural communities.


A. Background

ADPB, jointly supported by the Government of Balochistan (GoB), WFP and UNDP, started its implementation in 1999 after Preparatory Assistance Phase in 1997-1998.  It is a programme for poverty alleviation in deprived valleys in 9 districts (Musakhel, Loralai, Qila Saifullah, Ziarat, Pishin, Quetta, Mastung, Kalat, and Khuzdar) in Balochistan through participatory, community-based, integrated area development approach.  The activities are undertaken in the following sectors social mobilization; agriculture & horticulture production; livestock & fodder production; range & watershed management; irrigation & water resource management; social sector services; enterprise development; and GIS & remote sensing.  The current programme will end at 31 December 2005, and the second phase of the programme is under preparation.

B. Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction and supervision of National Project Director (NPD) and where necessary with his/her assistance, the Programme Coordinator (PC) will perform the following tasks

Management and Coordination

Manage the program administratively, financially, logistically, professionally and technically according to the standard UNDP procedures. For financial matters, the PC will act as the certifying authority whereas the NPD will be the approving authority.

Lead and co-ordinate the activities of the UNDP Specialists and ensure their effective deployment for dispensing the inputs and collection of results.

Regularly organise the Program Management Committee and other coordination meetings.

Facilitate the mobilisation of resources and prepare / regularly update the work plan for the Programme.

Assist the NPD in operation, running and recording the Joint Steering Committee and implementing its decisions.

Develop competence in the counterpart staff of the GOB departments and others in producing the Program outputs through a participatory process.

Identify, together with the specialists the need for additional short-term consultancies or sub-contract inputs, prepare TORs and initiate their process.

Prepare and timely submit all the reports required by UNDP and the Government.

Procure equipment and ensure its full operation and maintenance; and maintain an inventory record of the program and submit inventory reports to UNDP.

Liaise with UNDP, other UN agencies, multi-lateral and bi-lateral funding agencies, GoB and NGOs operating in the Project area for possible coordination in program implementation and mobilise resources for expanding the Program activities, consistent with the Programs objectives.

Carry out any other relevant duties identified from time to time by the NPD and/or UNDP to further develop the Program.


Take a proactive role in policy advocacy for advancing sustainable development in the province.

Provide technical input in sustainable agriculture and rural development and advance the agenda of sustainable development through community organisations, in collaboration with experts, line departments and NGOs.

Provide technical advice and guidance for the improvement and sustainability of agricultural production systems in the Program area. Coordinate with the Community Development Supervisors in the Regions and Social Mobilizers in the field, to ensure that community needs are met in a sustainable manner.

Assess the needs of communities and facilitate the flow of inputs for addressing the issues of sustainable livelihoods.

Pay special attention to the management and utilisation of water resources to ensure that supplies of potable water remain available for communities and that effective agricultural production is achieved without a negative impact on the community or the environment.

Work closely with counterparts in the relevant departments of GOB to ensure their full participation in the design and implementation of community development proposals in the context of poverty-environment nexus.

Ensure transfer of programme intervention techniques and methodology to concerned line departments.

Support and, where necessary, train GOB counterparts in the relevant departments and people (both men and women) from villages in implementation of productive activities, demonstration schemes and support services.

Conduct field visits to assess the progress of the Program on a continuous basis to make recommendations to the National Project Director for modification to the Program inputs and to the composition of the team of specialists.

Contribute in achieving the Governments commitments to international forums and conventions in the context of poverty-environment nexus.

Identify and supervise the activities of short-term consultants / missions that may assist in dealing with Program activities.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesPhDDoctoratePhD/MSc degree in a discipline relevant to the Program scope, especially sustainable agriculture and rural development.