Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Background Information - Pakistan
UNOPS commenced operations in Pakistan in 1999 and significantly up-scaled activities from 2005 on wards to support populations affected by and vulnerable to earthquakes. In 2010, UNOPS opened a permanent office in Islamabad to support the Government of Pakistan and other partners to undertake humanitarian and reconstruction services, following the most devastating flood in the nation’s history.
UNOPS Pakistan has been implementing projects in the areas of early recovery and reconstruction of community infrastructure, project management and related monitoring and verification, community development, fund management, and procurement. Supported strategically by a regional operational hub and UNOPS headquarters in Copenhagen and within the overarching framework of the OneUN Programme, UNOPS Pakistan continues to deliver projects across the country under its core delivery practices of sustainable infrastructure, sustainable procurement, and sustainable project management.
UNOPS is based in Islamabad and has a provincial office in Peshawar. In addition, UNOPS is administrating Global Environment Facility (GEF) small grants on behalf of UNDP to support community led projects in Baluchistan. Similarly, UNOPS is also acting as the Local Fund Agent of the Global Fund. In Pakistan, UNOPS monitors a grant portfolio of $600,000,000 by undertaking regular and mandatory field visits across the country, including FATA, to provide independent monitoring of the activities carried out by the grantees of the Global Fund.
Background Information - Job-specific
The Reporting Assistant will serve as the central resource for written reporting, assisting the project manager in developing business proposals; collecting, organizing and updating complex sets of data; and drafting high level reports to management, clients and donors that will provide them detailed insights and drive key business decisions.
The assistant shall have excellent analytical and writing skills, allowing her/him to organize all sort of data in a systematic way and to draft highly structured reports combining comprehensiveness and concision.
S/he shall be capable of developing a holistic understanding of the projects dealt with by UNOPS Peshawar across their multi-dimensional aspects, including their socio-economic and political context, engineering aspects, environmental impact, procurement procedures, administrative and legal constraints, financial aspects, logistics challenges, communication strategies, etc.
S/he shall demonstrate mastery in the use of a series of softwares, including word processing (Word), data analysis (Excel), data visualisation (Tableau), presentation (PowerPoint) and publishing (InDesign, Photoshop) softwares, and be capable of producing quickly high-quality dashboards, executive summaries and other documents with a consistently flawless presentation.
Finally, s/he shall demonstrate enthusiasm for the activities of UNOPS, be highly self-driven and autonomous while at the same time thriving in a team environment, and show persistence and resourcefulness when facing challenges.