We are responsible for coordination, information management, and for facilitating access to common logistics services to ensure an effective and efficient logistics response takes place in humanitarian emergency missions.

Background

The cluster approach was adopted in 2005 to address consistent gaps and weaknesses and to improve international responses to humanitarian crisis. It is a means to strengthen response capacity, coordination and accountability by enhancing partnerships in key sectors, and by formalising the lead role of particular organisations in each of the following sectors: WASH, Shelter, Protection, Nutrition, Health, Food Security, Emergency Telecommunications, Education, Early Recovery, Camp Coordination and Camp Management, and Logistics.

Clusters are groups of organisations and other stakeholders designated by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), and committed to commonly address humanitarian needs in each of the aforementioned sectors. The Emergency Relief Coordinator can activate one or more clusters when there exists response and coordination gaps in addressing humanitarian needs, and the existing national response or coordination capacity is unable to meet needs in a manner that respects humanitarian principles. The de-activation of clusters may be considered when at least one of the reasons for its activation is no longer present.

The Logistics Cluster

The Logistics Cluster provides coordination and Information Management to support operational decision-making and improve the predictability, timeliness and efficiency of the humanitarian emergency response. Where necessary, the Logistics Cluster also facilitates access to common logistics services. Due to its expertise in the field of humanitarian logistics, the World Food Programme was chosen by the IASC as the lead agency for the Logistics Cluster. WFP hosts the Global Logistics Cluster support team in its headquarters in Rome. WFP also acts as a ‘provider of last resort’ offering common logistics services, when critical gaps hamper the humanitarian response.

Operations

The central role of the Logistics Cluster is to act as a liaison between humanitarian actors, where logistics operations are concerned. To that end, Global Logistics Cluster staff organise and participate in a variety of inter-organisational fora and working groups, prepare and disseminate regular updates on Logistics Cluster activities. At field level the Logistics Cluster organises and chairs coordination meetings to streamline activities, avoid duplication of efforts and ensure the optimal use of resources. The Logistics Cluster Global ConOps Map provides a full overview of active operations and current activities.

Information Management (IM)

Global Logistics Cluster IM officers serve as the communications link between field operations and the humanitarian community; they ensure global standards and continuity across operations are maintained. Global Logistics Cluster IM officers support operations providing guidance and support to field staff, deploying as surge capacity at the onset of an emergency and filling the position of field IM Officer when needed. Field IM Officers collect and analyse operational information and develop high quality, timely, and accurate information products disseminated to stakeholders through the appropriate channels, following the principles outlined in the Information Management Guide .

Coordination

Logistics Cluster logisticians design and manage logistics cluster activities, offering logistics solutions and technical support to responding organisations. Global Logistics Cluster logisticians act as the focal point at the global level for Logistics Cluster operations, providing expertise, regularly deploying to on-going activities or in response to sudden onset emergencies and supporting field staff.

Annual Report 2015

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Logistics Cluster Strategy 2016-2018

This strategy builds on the 2013-2015 strategy of strengthening and professionalising the work of the Logistics Cluster to ensure that the humanitarian community has the ability to save lives through timely and reliable logistical service support and information. The Logistics Cluster will continue to provide coordination, information management and ensure access to common logistics services where appropriate. Therefore, this strategy will carry forward and strengthen the work of the Logistics Cluster in the ongoing active operations and will serve as a foundation in preparation for new emergencies. An increased focus will be on leveraging the capacities of the Logistics Cluster partners to optimise the response.

The collaboration among the Logistics Cluster partners continued to strengthen throughout the 2013-2015 strategy period, and the Logistics Cluster Global Meetings, conducted twice a year, became a forum to raise and discuss developments, challenges and opportunities in humanitarian logistics, leading to new partnerships and shared best practices.

This collaboration will continue and further emphasis will be given to improving knowledge sharing among stakeholders. In addition, the 2016-2018 strategy includes a special focus on preparedness and on strengthening the response capacity of national actors. The work on preparedness will concentrate on six identified disaster-prone countries in which support will be given for national logistics preparedness and to create a network of local, regional and global stakeholders. .

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