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Logistics Cluster Mandate

The Logistics Cluster is part of the Cluster system that was established by the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC). Due to its expertise in the field of humanitarian logistics, the IASC has designated the World Food Programme (WFP) as the Logistics Cluster global lead agency. As such, WFP hosts the Global Logistics Cluster Support Team (GLC ST) in its headquarters in Rome.

Cluster Activation

In an emergency or crisis response, host governments and/or Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) may request support to ensure humanitarian organizations work together to identify and address common logistics needs or gaps. To respond to such requests, there are several coordination tools and mechanisms available to facilitate logistics support activities during an emergency response. A Gaps and Needs Analysis Exercise can help determine the best mechanisms and support needed. In any country where there is a UN presence, WFP may agree to lead or co-lead a Logistics Cluster or join as a participant. 

The Global Logistics Cluster Support Team can support the activation process with staffing, information products, coordination meetings, and setup of operations. In the absence of a full IASC Cluster Activation, the Global Logistics Cluster through WFP can support a variety of other coordination mechanisms, such as providing technical guidance or helping establish a Logistics Working Group (LWG). Where no formal cluster activation is available or advisable, the level of support available to other humanitarian coordination and response structures will depend on the assessed risk of the operation as well as capacity and resource availability.

Core Services
Trainer speaking to participants in MSU walkthrough in Bo, Sierra Leone on 18 October 2022.

Coordination

The Logistics Cluster is part of the IASC cluster system that was created to ensure proper coordination and information management to deliver more efficient and predictable responses. This primarily takes place through open meetings organised by the country Logistics Cluster team that may occur on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis depending on the context and need.

Information Management

The Logistics Cluster provides information management support in sudden-onset emergencies, conflicts, and complex and protected crises. Country-based IM officers (IMOs) are responsible for collecting, analysing, and disseminating logistics information in field operations. Global Logistics Cluster IMOs support operations in the provision of guidance to country-based IMOs, and deploy as surge capacity staff members at the onset of an emergency when needed.

Access to Common Logistics Services

Logistics services such as warehousing and cargo transport may be made available to humanitarian organizations by the Logistics Cluster on a free-to-user or cost-recovery basis, for a limited duration only. Other context specific services may be considered, subject to available resources. Commodity movements are prioritized in line with assistance priorities identified by the humanitarian community in country.

Partnership as a Strategy
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The Logistics Cluster strategy 2022-2026 is endorsed and implemented by partners, and the GLC ST. It lays out the Logistics Cluster community of partners’ strategic direction and collective commitments towards a shared vision, mission, and values with an aim of supporting a more efficient and effective emergency response. The Logistics Cluster strategy defines the roles of the community of partners acting toward collective global, regional, and local actors to alleviate logistics constraints impeding the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the people in need around the world. 

  • Before crises, we strengthen humanitarian response capacity, especially in high-risk countries and regions.
  • In crises, where local capacities have been exceeded, we provide leadership, coordination, information management, and operational services.
  • After crises, we evaluate the response, identify areas for improvement, share good practices and solutions, and invest in learning and preparedness for future emergencies.

There is no formal membership to participate in global or local Logistics Cluster activities; all organisations responding to humanitarian crises can contribute. The Logistics Cluster acts as a platform of exchange through which partners may share and address issues of common interest which have an impact on the community’s capacity to deliver assistance. Governance of the implementation of the Logistics Cluster strategy is overseen by partner organisations through the Strategic Advisory Group, and through global meetings.

Stakeholder

Non-humanitarian entities that may contribute to the Logistics Cluster providing resources, furnishing services or sharing knowledge. This may include the private sector, academia, and military forces. Whilst they may be of crucial help in advancing the Logistics Cluster agenda, they are not entitled to voting rights in its fora nor an benefit from its common services.

Partner

Humanitarian organisations/entities actively working to deliver assistance in accordance with the humanitarian principles, and engaged in any way, shape, or form, at global/regional/country level in activities related to the Logistics Cluster. This may include NNGOs, INGOs, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, governmental entities dedicated to humanitarian responses, and UN agencies.

Meetings and Working Groups

Global Logistics Meetings (GLM)

The Logistics Cluster Global Logistics Meetings (GLM) are held twice per year and bring together representatives from Logistics Cluster partners at the global level. These meetings are a forum for strategic discussion of the Logistics Cluster and provide an opportunity to confer on relevant Logistics Cluster operations, collect feedback from partner organisations on Logistics Cluster performance, and present new initiatives and projects relevant to the field of humanitarian logistics.

Logistics Cluster Working Groups

Dedicated working groups are employed to further the ongoing work of the GLC ST: Partnerships, Preparedness, Procurement, Service Provision, and Training. The Working Groups are each led by a member of the GLC ST, with members from active partner organizations, and guided by a Strategic Advisory Group focal point. Each Working Group addresses a part of the Strategic Implementation Plan of the GLC and guides any proposed changes to the implementation of the strategy.

Digital Solutions
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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.  When necessary, the Logistics Cluster also facilitates access to common logistics services, when there is an identified gap and need by humanitarian responders during an emergency.  

The below portfolio of digital services has been made available by the GLC ST, with the input of partners and stakeholders, to support a more efficient and timely humanitarian response:  

Relief Item Tracking Application (RITA)

Relief Item Tracking Application (RITA) is an online consignment and supply chain tracking system that is developed and maintained by the Logistics Cluster. RITA is the official system used by Logistics Cluster globally to receive, monitor and track partner cargo across Logistics Cluster maintained supply chains.

Digital Logistics Capacity Assessment (DLCA)

The Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA) tool contains baseline information about the logistics capacity of countries relevant to humanitarian emergency preparedness and response. The LCA tool consolidated all humanitarian logistics-related details in one location. A new LCA platform is currently in development. For information, please get in touch with LCA.Global@wfp.org

Logistics Information Exchange (LogIE)

LogIE changes the way we collect, share and visualize humanitarian logistics information. The tool has been designed for and by humanitarian logistics responders to improve coordination, information sharing, and the quantity and quality of the data available in emergency response and preparedness.

Guía Operativa de Logística (LOG)

The Logistics Operational Guide (LOG) is a publicly available, dynamic knowledge base hosted by the Logistics Cluster to share information and tools to support everyday logistical activities and problems encountered by humanitarian actors engaged in emergency response activities. The purpose of the LOG is to provide clear, detailed, and multilingual information in plain language, focusing on supporting smaller or newer humanitarian response organizations globally.

Cluster Humanitarian Operational Coordination of Logistics and Air Transport (CHOCOLAT)

CHOCOLAT enables the collection of information about the international shipping needs of humanitarian organizations and the transport capacities available to promote and support inter-agency cargo consolidations. For more information, please get in touch with Kelly.Bradley@wfp.org.

Emergency Dashboard Utility for Airfreight Resource & Delivery Options (EDUARDO)

Eduardo is a data visualization tool developed by LET members and hosted on the Logistics Cluster website. The tool displays data provided by Google through an API and is refreshed daily. Through the interface, humanitarian respondents can access information on upcoming commercial passengers’ flights to the main airports in countries affected by humanitarian crises. Through a filter system, the user can select the destination and origin country to quickly identify the routes available and the average flying time by route.

Logistics Cluster Mobile Application (App)

The LC Mobile Application is currently under development to enable better connectivity with mobile field staff and field-based operations.

Satellite Imagery

Through various strategic partnerships, the GLC ST can provide detailed satellite mapping and images to optimize the assessment and coordination of humanitarian actions in the event of a sudden onset emergency or in support of preparedness activities and planning. For additional information, contact the Partnerships team: Katherine.Ely@wfp.org or Mary.Jelliti@wfp.org.

Other Tools and Services

Análisis de brechas y necesidades (GNA)

The GLC support team has developed the Gaps & Needs Analysis (GNA) methodology, which engages all relevant partners and stakeholders to ensure proper information collection and analysis. The analysis then informs the Concept of Operations, which makes recommendations on the architecture, identifies common logistics gaps (if any), and provides a backbone for the Cluster/Sector strategy in the country.

Training

As per the IASC mandate, the Global Logistics Cluster is committed to capacity building initiatives to support coordinated and efficient emergency responses. The Global Logistics Cluster training catalogue outlines all the face to face, virtual reality and online courses currently offered by the GLC. For additional information contact: hq.glc.training@wfp.org.

Learning Management System (Self-Guided Trainings)

WFP maintains the Global Logistics Cluster online learning portal accessible to Cluster partners, free of charge and available as an as-needed learning resource on a variety of humanitarian logistics topics.

Global Projects and Partnerships

Logistics Emergency Team (LET)  

The Logistics Emergency Teams (LET) encompasses four of the largest global logistics and transportation companies: Agility, UPS, Maersk, and DP World. The LET unites the capacity and resources of the logistics industry with the expertise and experience of the humanitarian community to provide more effective and efficient disaster relief.

Airbus Foundation In-Kind Support 

Through a partnership with the Airbus Foundation, the Global Logistics Cluster can provide a range of services, including training, prepositioning of cargo, provision of satellite imagery for humanitarian use, provision of environmental and innovation expertise support, and utilization of assets such as helicopters or emergency cargo transport via fixed-wing aircraft.

​​​​​​​Environmental Sustainability in Humanitarian Logistics (WREC)  

The WREC project is an information portal hosted on the Global Logistics Cluster website, which provides information related to environmental sustainability in humanitarian logistics.

​​​​​​​Institutional Capacity Strengthening  (Field-Based Preparedness Project)

While many of the Cluster’s activities are focused on supporting the readiness of international organizations to support a response, the Field-Based Preparedness Project (FBPP) supports national governments that seek to become more self-sufficient in their preparedness, thereby reducing dependency upon international actors.