Pakistan is one of the top ten countries affected by climate change with the 2022 floods underscoring the unpredictability, magnitude, and adverse impacts of the challenge. To date, almost one third of Pakistan is inundated affecting 33 million people in the form of displacement, hunger, increased vulnerability to diseases, and disruptions in the conduct of daily business including social and economic activities- more than 1,700 have died. Furthermore, it is estimated that 6.4 million people affected by the floods require immediate humanitarian assistance, 1.4 million are exposed to the elements because of damage to their homes, and more than 627,000 are seeking shelter in official Government run displacement sites.
The scale of damage is unprecedented and spread to all provinces of the country with damages estimated at more than USD 30 Billion. In this regard, out the 70 districts that have been declared calamity hit by the Government of Pakistan, the largest number (31) is in Balochistan, followed by Sindh (23), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (17), Gilgit-Baltistan (6), and Punjab (3). In Balochistan, it is estimated that more 61,000 households have been severely damaged in the province killing more than 200 people and adversely affecting the lives of more than 400,000 individuals. Being the second and third most affected provinces, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have witnessed immense damage to lives and property. It is estimated that more than 896,000 homes have been damaged in Sindh and more than 76,000 houses have been destroyed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the death tolls exceeding 540 and 290 people in the two provinces respectively. Immediate coordinated and rigorous response is needed to begin to tackle the crisis.
UNDP is well positioned to act at the onset of crises to establish a clear link between humanitarian activities, recovery planning and the transition to sustainable development pathways. This has been clearly formulated in UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025 under which UNDP aims to strengthen the capacity of countries, institutions, and people to prevent, mitigate and respond to diverse risks and crisis, whether they stem from a conflict, a natural hazard or climate event or social and economic shocks or any combination of them. In this regard, the Agency has formulated a Floods Response Plan to respond to the multifaceted development challenges emanating from the unprecedented natural disaster- realized through the implementation of the Resilient Recovery to Floods 2022 Project, the response plan calls for reviving livelihoods, restoring community infrastructure and access to services, and improving governance-based response to tackle the flood emergency in Pakistan.
While meeting critical and immediate humanitarian needs where they appear is vital, these actions must be underpinned by simultaneous efforts to address rapidly growing multi-dimensional vulnerabilities, enhance resilience to shocks, protect development gains and invest in local capacities of civil society as an important agent of change in sustainable development. Furthermore, urgent efforts are needed to protect basic human rights like education, health, work, housing, and food, to address exclusion, intergenerational poverty that will further exacerbate the crises. In response to the current context and challenges UNDP has launched several initiatives that aims to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities by working directly at the community level.
In this specific context and with the need to be able to respond to any type of conflict and/or disaster, the UNDP Country Office is taking measures to ensure its preparedness to support the Pakistan and its citizens in times of crises. In this regard, the UNDP Pakistan Country Office is launching development of National Experts Roster.
Duties and Responsibilities
To be considered for inclusion in the roster, applicants would need to have expertise in one or more of the following areas of practice:
Collaborative learning expertise
Programme and Project management
Research & Survey
ICT and Information Management
Scope of Work
Tasks assigned in each individual assignment may include one or more of the following:
Policy and Strategy Development
Project Design, Formulation & other project related functions
Research and Documentation
Monitoring & Evaluation
- Good track record in project management, with UNDP experience being an asset.
- Understanding of Government functioning and systems.
- Updated familiarity on, various international projects on across one or more areas of expertise.
- Familiarity with UNDP ERP would be advantageous
- Working knowledge of objectives-oriented project planning, or results-based management.
- Leadership skills.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills.
- Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.
- Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work.
- Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
- Proficiency in the use of office IT applications and internet.
- Outstanding communication, project management and organizational skills.
- Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
- Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards.
- Positive, constructive attitude to work.
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelors (for implementation support) and advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Business Administration, Management, Economics, Finance and Banking, International development, Sociology, Communications, Agriculture, Law, Environmental sciences, Natural resource economics, or related fields.
Band 1, Implementation Support: Masters Degree in relevant field with minimum 3 years of related work experience, or Bachelors Degree in relevant field with minimum 5 years of appropriate work experience.
Band 2, Specialist Support: Master’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 10 years of related work experience.
Excellent oral and written native language skills and good command of English is required.
Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only uploading of one application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary.
Applications should include:
A brief cover letter, clearly identifying the “Areas of Expertise” as mentioned in the section above.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including economy tickets, lodging and terminal expenses will be reimbursed as per actual expenses in line with UNDP rules.
Successful candidates will be included in UNDP Pakistan Experts Roster for a period of 3 years. Inclusion in the expert roster does not guarantee a contract with UNDP.
Evaluation of Applications
Applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies specified above.
The inclusion into the National Roster of Experts will be offered to those individual consultants whose offers have been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Meeting requirements across the functional bands in each selected area of expertise.
Applicants may be requested to participate in a brief interview.
When a request for services arises, the roster manager shall contact the individuals in the specific area of expertise with ToR, location and dates of the assignment seeking confirmation of availability, as well as possible other costs.
The individual selected for the deployment will be contracted as per the UNDP IC modality. The Contract template and conditions are available at http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/procurement.html
Payment(s) shall be made following certification by UNDP that the services related to each deliverable, as specified in the contract, have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates specified, if any.
This call for experts is not linked to other UNDP rosters or to a specific UNDP recruitment opportunity.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.