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 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.
Under the overall umbrella of One UN Disaster Risk Management Program and in partnership with other UN agencies, the UNDP is supporting the Government of Pakistan in establishing policy, legal and institutional arrangements for disaster risk management. The purpose of UNDP support is to develop and strengthen capacities of the Government of Pakistan at national, provincial and local levels to adopt strategies for reducing threat of disasters and minimizing the impact of disaster events upon communities.
The Government of Pakistan has established policy and institutional mechanisms at national, provincial and district levels. A National Disaster Management Ordinance has been issued by the President on 21st of December 2006. Under the Ordinance a National Disaster Management Commission (NDMC) and a National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has been established. The National Commission has notified the provincial, regional and state governments to establish disaster management authorities at provincial and district levels.
However the full operationalization of the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) remains a challenge. Therefore, in order to develop capacities of the newly established Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, UNDP is working closely with NDMA and other stakeholders including the provincial and district governments, civil society organizations and the at-risk communities.
NDMA intends to capacitate communities in order maximize their coping strategies towards disaster. In general, communities at local level and in particular women children and elderly at village level to alleviate their suffering arising from various types of disasters. Community Based Disaster Management (CBDM) will be integrated in participatory development process. The core objective of this approach will be reducing vulnerability at village and household level. In the above backdrop, training in search and rescue teams at district, Tehsil and village level are planned to carry out in district Gwadar. This training aims at building community capacities and creating a cadre of volunteers from district to village level who will e the first responder during any disaster situation. Under the capacity building component number of training sessions (first aid, search and rescue training, etc.) are essential part of the programme. It also aims to create a team of experts who will act as the district master trainers at district level and below and will be the core of programme implementations.
The Consultant will be responsible for community search and rescue training and will perform the following tasks:
- Submit a comprehensive framework before starting actual work for approval.
- Conduct introductory meeting with district government and other stakeholders jointly with (NDMA) District DRM Coordinator.
- Identify 15-20 community volunteers having basic understanding of disasters and mitigation.
- Development of syllabus, curriculum and training programme for community response teams
- Development and compilation and finalize the equipment required for operationalization of teams
- Finalize training aid, venue and other requirement for training in Gwadar
- Compilation and finalization of syllabus, curriculum and training programme for training of trainers (TOT)
- Organize training sessions
- Organize two drills to test the participant’s level of understanding and response capacities.
- Submit final report
The Consultant will report to the Project Coordinator of One UN DRM Joint Programme.
- Excellent skills in conducting search and rescue trainings.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
- Analytical skills to address complex problems.
- Positive attitude with a mind-set of delivering development services in a professional manner.
- Excellent listening skills.
- Excellent skills in report writing.
Fluency in English and Urdu is essential. Knowledge of Boluchi languages is desirable.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.