As the recognized leader in the field of humanitarian logistics, WFP has undertaken several capacity building initiatives aimed at developing the logistics response of the humanitarian community in a coordinated fashion, seeking opportunities for synergies and for the sharing of the best practices.
The LRT is a unique logistics training initially put together by the UN World Food Programme in 2007, following WFP’s designation by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as the lead agency for logistics in emergency response (sudden onset and protracted) as part of the Cluster system. The LRT’s purpose is to enhance the response capabilities of the international community through the establishment of clear accountability, enhanced predictability and strengthened partnerships, within the context of humanitarian interventions.
The Logistics Cluster’s Logistics Response Team (LRT) training is an intensive seven-day simulation exercise, designed to develop comprehensive emergency response management knowledge and build capacity among senior logistics managers from a wide range of humanitarian organizations. The objective of the training is to prepare logistics staff to be part of skilled Logistics Response Teams, deployable when immediate operational logistics surge capacity is required, and tasked with assuming an initial coordination role at the onset of emergencies. Furthermore, LRT training aims to build up and maintain a roster of trained logistics professionals who are available for Logistics Cluster deployments, and also seeks to facilitate greater interaction between humanitarian actors during emergencies by improving the awareness of the Cluster system. Thus, emphasis on the coordination aspect of cluster response is a major point of focus during the training.
The 7-day simulation is designed to allow the participants to apply their skills, knowledge, and abilities in a disaster situation, with a strong multi-organisation facilitation team supporting them and providing them with necessary guidance and feedback The training provides a forum for a clearer understanding of the role of participants in the logistics inter-agency mechanism vis-à-vis their respective organization. Upon completion, in addition to the personal and profession benefits of the training for the participants, those who take part are also in a position to raise awareness within their organisation about both the Logistics Cluster, and their organisation’s role within the Cluster system.
Next training: 13 – 22 October 2017, Neuhausen, Germany.
How to apply
The nomination of candidates goes normally through the dedicated Logistics Cluster Focal Point in partner organisations. Approximately 3-4 months before the training starts a call for nominations will be shared with those Focal Points. If you are interested in being nominated, please liaise with the Focal Point within your organisation. If your organisation is not a partner, but you are still interested, please send an email to Andre Hermann.