Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Disaster Management Specialist - UNDP (Apply by: 25 May 2014)

Location : Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA

Application Deadline : 25-May-14

Additional Category: Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Type of Contract : Service Contract

Post Level : SB-4

Languages Required : English

Duration of Initial Contract : One Year initially


The approved GOI-UNDP Country Programme Action Plan (2014-2017) envisages that as a contribution to the programme, Government sharing and support arrangements, including the use of service-provision models, will be pursued, and the appointment of dedicated human resources can be made for the implementation of nationally implemented projects. It also envisages provision of demand based development support services to support administrative efficiency and to develop capacity of the government agencies.

To ensure effective and efficient utilization of the Capacity Building Grants of Rs. 525 crores (approximately USD 85 million) for Disaster Management, MHA has requested the 26 states receiving the grants to use UNDP offer of assistance as agreed in the approved CPAP (2014- 2017).

The Department of Revenue, State Government of Himachal Pradesh, responsible to undertake various actions as per the legal-institutional framework of the National Disaster Management Act 2005, has formally requested UNDP support to strengthen DM activities in the state. Accordingly, the Government of Himachal Pradesh has requested UNDP India to provide demand-based human resource at state and district levels to facilitate implementation of activities outlined in the perspective plan pertaining to Capacity Building Grants. In this context, UNDP is looking for individual for the position of Disaster Management Specialist to provide support to the government of Himachal Pradesh in implementing the DRR initiative in the state.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

The Disaster Management Specialist will be based at Department of Revenue, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh and under the overall supervision of the Principal Secretary (Revenue), he/she would be responsible for developing the framework and implementation of the state level activities for disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

The Disaster Management Specialist will carry out the following tasks: 
  • Support SDMA/Dept of DM in enhancing sustainable disaster risk reduction initiatives in the state;
  • Build frameworks and mechanisms, and support development and implementation of state level initiatives/schemes for disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness;
  • Facilitate enforcement of appropriate norms and by-laws for land-use, building and planning standards that are based on professionally established hazard and vulnerability assessments;
  • Ensure the participation in disaster planning and management of all the stakeholders;
  • Establish a comprehensive information system that identifies and assesses the risks involved in disaster-prone areas and facilitate risk informed development.

Corporate Competencies:-
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning:
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the State;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in the subject area of the project, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Ability to apply conceptual models in support of implementation of the programme;
  • Good knowledge of the results based management of the projects;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Ability to lead implementation of initiatives.
Required Skills and Experience

  • Post Graduate degree in, social sciences, geography, environment,   economics, management or relevant disciplines.
  • Overall 5 years of experience with minimum 2 years of relevant experience, with regard to the implementation and management of projects;
  • Experience of working in the field of Disaster Management is required.
  • Fluency in English;
  • Working knowledge of Hindi and/or any other Indian language is desirable.
  • Travel to the programme states, districts and cities would be required.

Remuneration package is Rs. 89,560/- per month  per month (taxable).

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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.

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