Myanmar has a high risk to cyclonic storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, forest fires, landslides and epidemics which causes loss of lives and destroys infrastructure and livelihoods of people across the country. Annual average expected economic losses in Myanmar are nearly US$ 200 million or 1 per cent of the National GDP which results in diminished resources for investment in development issues such as health or education.
UNDP Myanmar current Country Programme (CPD, 2013-17) and the draft CPD 2018-2022 have strong focus on reducing the associated risks of natural disasters. The current CPD’s Output 6, under the Environmental Governance and Disaster Resilience Pillar, aims to build disaster resilient communities by strengthening preparedness, mitigation, recovery capacities of communities, the civil society and local and national institutions to manage the impact of disasters, as well as the capacity to incorporate DRR into development planning. In the past year, UNDP has been providing technical support to the Government of Myanmar for preparing the Disaster Management Law 2013 and the Rules 2015. Currently, UNDP and members of the Myanmar Disaster Risk Reduction Group are supporting the government in developing a new Myanmar’s Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction (MAPDRR, 2020). UNDP is also supporting to develop a National Disaster Loss and Damage Database..
With the support of funds from ECHO, UNDP Myanmar is initiating a 18-month project entitled “Building resilience in earthquake prone areas in Myanmar through better preparedness and response” (hereinafter referred to as the Project) in 6 States/ Regions (Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Bago, Kachin, Chin) and Union Territory (Nay Pyi Taw). The Project objective is to reduce the loss of lives due to earthquakes in Myanmar by a) raising community awareness of actions for preparedness and response and b) enhancing the Government’s ability to coordinate and lead earthquake preparedness and response.
The Project is expected to achieve the following three results:
Result 1: National and sub-national government institutions are equipped with functional and tested Earthquake Preparedness and Response Plan: the project will develop a National Earthquake Preparedness and Response Plan in consultation with all relevant stakeholders. Standard Operating Procedures for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be developed for effective earthquake response.
Result 2: Women, men and children, from different ethnic groups, in the most earthquake prone region are informed on basic life saving techniques before, during and after an earthquake: Based on the assessment analysis, the Project will design targeted information, education and communication (IEC) materials that reach men, women, youth and ethnic groups in the most earthquake prone states/regions. Special attention will be given to reach the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, including those living in conflict or remote areas.
Result 3: Good practices, technical and scientific data: Building on the results of past DIPECHO and other DRR initiatives in the country, the project will bring together scientific and technical knowledge, and the development and resilience framework for enhanced preparedness and risk reduction
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Assistant will provide operational support to achieve the project results through the smooth implementation of the activities. Specific roles and responsibilities will include:
Summary of Key Functions:
Provide logistics and administrative support to the implementation of the Project
Support in keeping systematic records of financial transactions, operational control and procurement processes
Support to coordination, knowledge building and knowledge sharing
1. Provide logistics and administrative support to the implementation of the Project
2. Support in keeping systematic records of financial transactions and reporting procedures, operational control and procurement processes
3. Support to coordination, knowledge building and knowledge sharing focusing on the following:
Impact of Results
The key results will have an impact on the overall success of the ‘Building resilience in earthquake prone areas in Myanmar through better preparedness and response’ Project and to the achievement of outcomes outlined in UNDP’s Country Programme.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Self-Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
Only those candidates in whose qualifications and experience the Organization has further interest will be contacted for subsequent interview(s).
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Thanking you for your kind cooperation.
Myanmar nationals: Project Assistant (Environmental Governance)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)