Train together, respond together. Four small words, one strong mantra.
From trainings on information management to the challenging week-long Logistics Response Team simulation exercise, throughout each event our global training team drives home a common goal: build a network – and a shared approach – before crises, for the strongest logistics response when emergency strikes.
As 2020 kicks off, we take a sneak peek into the team’s plans for this year. Are you ready to join the ride?
The programme kicks off in February, with the first ever Logistics Cluster Coordinator Training. The training brings together participants from across field operations to exchange ideas and share best practices. So, why the latest addition? We asked Andre Hermann, Logistics Cluster Head of Training.
“So far we’ve trained colleagues from across government and the humanitarian community on the operational and tactical implementation of interagency emergency logistics operations. But there were some strategic bits missing: how to lead a Logistics Cluster Operation? How to interact with high-ranking government representatives? How to design a project? That’s what we aim to achieve with this training.”
From trainees to trainers
In March we’ll begin the month with the delivery of a 5-day Training of Trainers (ToT) programme. The ToT is about creating a sustainable approach to capacity strengthening activities and prepares Logistics Cluster staff and partners to lead Logistics Cluster training programmes in regional hubs around the world. As Philippe Sallet from ICRC, who attended the first edition said:
“A single word comes to my mind - excellent. The training was delivered in a safe, professional yet friendly environment. The Training of Trainers allowed me to practice components that are out of my comfort zone. It provides methodologies, resources and enables participants to know themselves better, all to become better trainers.”
Awareness comes from information
Also in March, we’ll be hosting an Information Management Training at WFP headquarters in Rome. This training is designed to help participants better understand the Logistics Cluster’s IM activities in the field and in HQ. Last year, a total of 48 people took part in this training. The result?
“It was a hands-on training. I learned a lot!” remembers Mathilde, from WFP Supply Chain.
The stepping stone
As summertime approaches, the team will deliver a Logistics Cluster Induction (LCI) Training in Germany during May. The LCI is the cornerstone of the Logistics Cluster Training Plan, providing a full picture of the Logistics Cluster approach, highlighting its importance in an emergency setting, and providing the first stepping stone to some of the cluster’s more advanced capacity strengthening initiatives. The Panama edition is the first of several LCIs planned across the world this year from Germany to Senegal.
Unpredictable, challenging, innovative and enlightening
These are just some of the words used to describe the Logistics Response Team (LRT) Training. In May, the first of a five-part series for 2020 begins in Nepal - a training designed by humanitarian loggies, for loggies. During a multi-day simulation, skilled responders are put to the test, providing immediate operational logistics surge capacity as part of Logistics Response Teams. With little sleep and a lot of pressure, this is an exercise that stays with you after the week is over.
“Every participant and facilitator can take different learnings from the training: we must work together, we must work fast, and we need to deliver,” said Philippe from ICRC.
The series will peak in September with gear.UP, a joint event held in conjunction with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), which combines the LRT with the ETC’s OpEX Bravo exercise, making it one of the largest scale humanitarian emergency response simulations in the world. Relive some of the scenes of last year’s gear.UP here.
Bringing partners together
“The Logistics Cluster training programme is useful because all sessions are very practical and directly related to operations," says Takuya Ono from IOM, when asked about the added value Logistics Cluster trainings provide for the humanitarian community. "We often meet classmates from the trainings during field operations, with the advantages of knowing each other for smoother coordination and quicker problem solving!”
12 months, four continents, 14 planned trainings, 9 locations.
“As a trainer, it is a truly rewarding process," says Julie Kuras, Training Officer with the Global Training Team. "In 2020, we are committed to continuing to deliver high-quality training programs that strengthen our community of responders. We hope to see you there!”
Keen to upskill your logistics knowledge in 2020? Check out the Logistics Cluster Training webpage to find out more.