Two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May 2015. The death toll climbed to over 8,857, while more than 22,000 people were injured. Out of 75 districts, 33 are affected, 14 of which are heavily impacted. 602,257 houses were destroyed and another 280,000 damaged by the quake. Large portions of the affected population are still living in very basic emergency shelters with limited access to safe water supply and hygiene and sanitation facilities. Urban areas in the worst-affected districts are in ruins and public infrastructure is lost. Many frontline government services are struggling to resume and the livelihoods of millions of people have been affected.
Post Disaster Needs Assessment, conducted right after the earthquake with the Leadership of Government of Nepal and support from UN, WB, ADB, JICA and EU, has identified an ambitious agenda for reconstruction. This can only be achieved through coordination actions of all actors at various levels.
It is in this spirit that UNDP Nepal CO initiated its Early Recovery Initiatives immediately after the disaster. The objective of UNDP’s recovery programme is to provide immediate recovery assistance to the earthquake-affected population and assist the Government of Nepal to plan and manage the recovery process in a manner that systematically addresses underlying vulnerabilities in order for Nepal to return to sustainable development pathways. In addition to the immediate emergency assistance provided within the first 3 months, UNDP is assisting the Government of Nepal through a comprehensive recovery programme spanning three years by focusing on four main areas of work: (1) Supporting national recovery planning and implementation; (2) Recovering livelihoods and economic development opportunities of communities; (3) Restoring local governance systems and public service delivery; and (4) Helping to build a disaster-resilient Nepal under the leadership of the Government.
All these is done through close cooperation with the National and local governments, NGOs and CSOs Development Partners and other stakeholders. Where possible, UNDP CO is using existing programmatic channels of implementation.
In view of the importance of recovery for the development agenda of Nepal, but also given its significance in UNDP programme, the Nepal CO has revised its organizational structure and set up an Early Recovery and Reconstruction Team to be led by the Assistant Country Director/Early Recovery Team Leader and consisting of the Recovery Coordinator and Programme Officer – Government Liaison for Recovery and Reconstruction.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Deputy Country Director (Programme), and direct supervision of the UNDP Assistant Country Director/Early Recovery, the Programme Analyst Government Liaison on Recovery & Reconstruction (GLR&R) will be responsible for facilitating implementation of UNDP’s Earthquake Recovery Programme with special emphasis on liaison with the Government and supervising UNDP ER coordinators in the affected districts. The incumbent will keep her/himself abreast of all the developments on recovery and reconstruction relevant to the implementation of Nepal´s recovery from the earthquake.
The Programme Analyst (GLR&R) will work in close collaboration with the Country Programme units involved in the recovery programme as well as other UN Agencies and the Resident Coordinators Office, UNDP HQ staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, IFIs, and bi-lateral donors and civil society to successfully implement the early recovery components of the UNDP program.