National Policy, Planning and Finance Lead - Pakistan

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Country: Pakistan
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Closing date: 11 Nov 2020

A. About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

ADPC is an autonomous international organization with a vision to reducing disaster and climate risk impacts on communities and countries in Asia and the Pacific by working with governments, development partners, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, private sector, media, and other key stakeholders.

Established in 1986 as a technical capacity building center, ADPC has grown and diversified its expertise across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction across a broad range of specialist areas. With over 100 staff from 19 different nationalities and a wide range of professional expertise from atmospheric scientists to social scientists with experiences from all levels of engagement typically required for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Resilience (CR) in an effective manner. ADPC is a competent regional resource center and has seven thematic departments: ADPC Academy, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Geospatial Information. These are supported by Finance, Human Resources and Administration, and Strategic Planning departments. In addition to the departments, ADPC works on three cross-cutting themes: Gender and Diversity, Poverty and Livelihoods, and Regional and Transboundary Cooperation through permanent working committees.

ADPC Strategy 2020 guides the organization in providing comprehensive risk reduction support to countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific. ADPC recognizes the importance of examining the linkages between disaster risk management, poverty reduction, gender equality, sustainability, rights-based approaches, climate change and regional cooperation.

For details please refer to ADPC website at http://www.adpc.net/

B. Background

Disasters take a huge toll on the development agenda of SAR countries. Between 2000 and 2017, disasters in South Asia incurred estimated damages of US$ 149.27 billion. Public expenditure is under stress by the repeated need to reallocate capital budgets away from long term development planning and towards reconstruction activities in post-disaster environments. For example, since 2005, Pakistan has suffered losses on the order of US$ 16 billion due to natural disasters. In Bangladesh, 2007 Cyclone Sidr resulted in damages and losses of US$1.7 billion, or 2.6 per cent of GDP.

To increase resilience and achieve climate commitments, there is a need for a transformational shift towards policies and institutions that enable climate resilient investments. Investing in more resilient infrastructure is both profitable and urgent as disruptions are extremely costly for governments, households and private sector and large ongoing investments in infrastructure assets will have long-lasting repercussions as poor maintenance and natural disasters result in a vulnerable stock.

With the financial support from the World Bank Group, ADPC is implementing a five years’ project, titled “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Project for South Asia” (CARE). The project aims to create an enabling environment for climate resilience policies and investments across South Asia. This objective will be achieved through enhanced regional cooperation and knowledge exchange for climate resilience and adaptation and mainstreaming of resilience and adaptation in national policies, plans and investments.

In this setting a highly qualified and experienced individual is required to support the Project Director (PD) in the overall policy, planning and finance technical aspects of the project in Pakistan. Thus, the objectives of this position are to:

  • Facilitate and coordinate with the Ministry of Planning Development & Special Initiatives (MoPDSI) the implementation of activities for the policy, planning and finance sectors in Pakistan
  • Coordinate with and provide support to agriculture, climate change and water sector specialists in planning and implementation of policy, planning and finance-related interventions in the country
  • Coordinate and maintain strong relationship with key ministries to understand the priorities that can be supported through the project

  • Assist the PD in ensuring the implementation of the annual work plan with regards to activities covering the policy, planning and finance aspects

C. Statement of Intent

The National Policy, Planning and Finance Lead will assist the Project Director in providing technical support, oversight and coordination on enhancing policy, planning and finance aspects under the CARE project in Pakistan across the key sectors.

Note:

It is not the intent of this Terms of Reference to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather to highlight the most important areas of personal and joint responsibilities.

D. Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Project Director by providing oversight of the policy planning and finance inputs across the key sectoral interventions in Pakistan
  • Provide technical support and guidance to the country specific Policy, Planning and Finance Sector specialists in aligning the interventions to the priorities and needs of the key beneficiary ministries and departments
  • Provide technical support to the MoPDSI on a regular basis on integrating Climate Adaptation and Resilience in the Ministry’s development interventions
  • Lead the preparation and closely coordinate with the relevant specialists to conduct a series of national policy dialogues on Climate Change
  • Support technically in preparation of policy dialogue and consultation events at regional level by providing inputs from the Pakistan national perspective
  • Review key outputs of the project related to the policy, planning and finance aspects in Pakistan and provide inputs to better align the outputs with the needs of the key beneficiary ministries and departments
  • Communicate and coordinate with the Ministry of Finance on a regular basis and ensure a smooth planning and implementation of finance sector activities at national and sub-national level
  • Support the national Capacity Needs Assessment for different sectors and implement capacity development activities across all sectors with a focus on policy, planning and finance aspects.
  • Ensure synergies across sector-specific technical inputs in Pakistan for optimizing the impact of interventions
  • Perform other relevant tasks as assigned by the Project Director

E. Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in International Development, Development Studies, Development Economics, or Disaster Management
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation policies and plans in South Asia
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in technical coordination of multi-sectoral projects in Pakistan
  • Ability to work effectively with the highest government officials, international development partners and communities
  • Knowledge of latest climate policies, frameworks such as the Pakistan’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (PAK-INDC), National Adaptation Plans (NAP), and other compliance and obligatory documents in the country relevant to climate adaptation and resilience.
  • Knowledge of public financial management, specifically in one or more of the following areas: budget preparation and execution processes; public investment management and PFM information systems.
  • Experience in analytical work related to public financial management and public expenditure analysis.
  • Knowledge of national laws and government
  • Considerable knowledge of rules and regulations of various donors
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and capacity to work under pressure and on short deadlines
  • Prior experience of working with and understanding of the nature of planning and development aspects of the MoPDSI
  • Strong experience in capacity building in Pakistan
  • Cross cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff and partners

F. Reporting Relationships

The National Policy Planning and Finance Lead will report directly to the Project Director (PD) and will work in close coordination with the CARE Project Team in Pakistan. The position would also coordinate closely with the Climate Policy and Planning Specialist and Climate Public Finance Management Specialist at the regional level for further guidance, in addition to working with the other CARE project specialists at the regional and national level to carry out different activities under the project.

G. Contract Duration

The contract duration will be for 2 years. The consultant’s performance will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

H. Selection Method

The consultant will be selected in accordance with ADPC’s recruitment process and in compliance with the World Bank Procurement Regulations.

How to apply:

How to apply: Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form, (downloadable from www.adpc.net), resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter, to: adpcjobs@adpc.net

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

ADPC encourages diversity in its workplace and support an inclusive work environment.



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