The cluster approach was adopted in 2005 as a result of the Humanitarian Reform process launched by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). The Reform aimed to address historical gaps and weaknesses and to improve international response to humanitarian crises by strengthening response capacity.

Because of its expertise in humanitarian logistics and its field capacity, the UN World Food Programme was chosen by the IASC to be the lead agency of 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 for common logistics services.

At field level the Logistics Cluster brings together organisations responding to humanitarian emergencies and is responsible for coordination and information management of the logistics response. When necessary, the Logistics Cluster facilitates access to common logistics services made available by WFP and other organisations to the whole humanitarian community.


The Induction Training is designed to familiarise all agencies and actors with the Logistics Cluster, providing an initial experience of the work of the cluster in an emergency setting. It provides an experience of the Cluster’s roles, functions, tools and responsibilities at both field and global levels. It is also an important opportunity for developing networks and mutual understanding between agencies.


The Induction Training is a flexible course and varies in format. Depending on the audience and requirements, it can take place within the course of a day or can be a four-day programme including desktop simulation exercises. Humanitarian Organisations are encouraged and welcomed to request Logistics Cluster Induction sessions or trainings for their staff.

Next training: 12 – 18 May 2017 (tent.)

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.

We offer to humanitarian organisations Logistics Cluster Induction modules, tailored to the need of requesting organisations and flexible in length and intensity.
Organisations are encouraged to include Logistics Cluster Induction modules in their training programme.
The Logistics Cluster is on stand-by to assist and conduct those sessions.