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.
The country lacks a systematic approach towards disaster risk management. Provinces reflect diverse capacities to respond for reasons of institutional capacities, ability for integrated contingency planning and resource inadequacy for emergency response. However, all provinces do undertake detailed pre-disaster response planning with armed forces that play a key role especially in floods. Simultaneously UN agencies and international NGOs actively participate in the contingency planning process in consultation with NDMA at the National Level. However to analyse potential hazards with regards to their possible humanitarian impact and consequences requires a common strategic planning framework for all stakeholders to identify clear objectives, roles and responsibilities. The lack of hazard specific contingency planning to encounter the potential threats remains a major gap and even the districts and regions that have suffered from frequent hazards don’t have contingency plans, except few. NDMA & UNDP continue to emphasise upon the contingency process as a preparedness measure for response to natural and human induced hazards. The main purpose is to focus on planning for the impending disasters to identify and analyze related risks for their humanitarian impact, and to define roles and responsibilities of diverse national stakeholders for preparedness and response.
In this backdrop and under the overall umbrella of the One-UN Disaster Risk Management Program, UNDP is supporting the Government of Pakistan in developing contingency plans for major hazards. This particular assignment requires the expert to develop Tsunami Contingency Plan.
The Tsunami Contingency Planning expert will report to Director Mitigation & Planning, NDMA.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Coordinate with Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) for likely Tsunami generation and inundation scenarios, and develop damage assessment guidelines inline with PMD scenarios, especially for coastal regions with emphasis on urban areas.
• Liaison with involved stakeholders i.e. Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (Sindh & Balochistan), District Disaster Management Authorities, Pakistan Metrological Department, Costal Management Authorities, National institute of Oceanography, NGOs and communities for development of Tsunami contingency plan .
• Review and collect national and international best practices from previous interventions on the subject.
• Facilitate development of Tsunami Contingency plans through consultative process involving stakeholders.
• Develop policy/planning recommendations for Early Warning outreach, evacuation plans & routes, operations, law enforcement, health care and shelter inline with Tsunami inundation scenarios.
• Develop National Tsunami Contingency and response Plan and integrate it with Standard operating Procedures for End to End Tsunami Early Warning System developed by NDMA and PMD.
• Develop guidelines for district Tsunami response contingency plans.
• Excellent and thorough knowledge about tsunami hazard in Pakistan
• Ability to plan and work independently without maximum supervision.
• Excellent analytical and investigative approach for compilation of information
• Complete information and comprehensive knowledge of hazard occurrences and their impacts in Pakistan pertaining to own specialty
• 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 most professional manner;
• Excellent skills in technical writing;
• Excellent listening skills;
• Excellent interpersonal skills;
• Proficiency in both English and Urdu is desirable. Ability to speak and understand the local languages would be an added advantage.