The Cluster approach was adopted in order to provide better coordination in emergency response and to avoid ‘ad hoc’ humanitarian responses. One of the key enablers of this coordinating role for the Logistics Cluster is Information Management (IM) – ensuring that vital and accurate information is collated, processed and disseminated quickly and efficiently to all stakeholders.
As such, the Logistics Cluster has developed reliable, robust and standardised IM practices in order to ensure the accurate and timely information sharing that is key to coordination. The Logistics Cluster has Information Management Officers in all field operations and an Information Management unit based in Rome.
The Logistics Cluster Information Management training is designed to help participants better understand the Logistics Cluster’s IM activities in the field and at HQ, and its IM standards, procedures and tools. This will enhance participants’ ability to operate in an IM capacity in field operations, build capacity for future deployments, and generate better understanding and relationships of humanitarian actors on all levels. It is a key capacity-building exercise for experienced and new Logistics Cluster personnel.
The training aims to develop the ability of participants to produce IM reporting products for the Cluster, WFP, other Clusters, OCHA, and any relevant audience. It provides training and further understanding of Logistics Cluster-specific tools such as Logistics Capacity Assessments and the Relief Item Tracking Application (RITA). It addresses communications and social media practices as IM tools, and gives participants tools to establish effective working relationships with humanitarian actors in the field, in HQ and in the global community.
The four-day training is classroom-based, including a desktop simulation exercise, presentations, skill-sharing sessions and working groups. Dedicated facilitators lead the training sessions. Participants are also given the chance to provide presentations on their specific areas of expertise and experience.
Next training: 27 February - 3 March 2017
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 HQ IM Rome.