Capacity Building Project: Dismantling and Assembling of Logistics Humanitarian Platforms

22 April 2016

Context of the training project:

As the Nepal Logistics Cluster operation’s exit strategy takes shape, WFP, through trainings and other tools that can ensure an effective use of resources, caters for needs to embrace a well-structured phase-out plan: The Emergency Preparedness and Response Special Operation. The project aims at maximizing logistics operations, retaining expertise and ensuring financial sustainability. The featured Dismantling and Assembling of Logistics Humanitarian Platforms training delivered by the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) was undertaken in response to this identified need, to ensure rapidly deployable storage capacity in the future.

Through continued collaboration with UNHRD, WFP leveraged UNHRD’s expertise to facilitate specialized training and was able to promote strategic knowledge in the field of camp installation and warehouse management.

The aims and objectives of the training

Immediate objectives:

1. To choose the right place to set Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) and prefabs;
2. To safely assemble and dismantle, including re-packing and loading. 3. To identify weak links in handling procedures and examine safety issues.

Long-term objectives:

1. Enhance capacity in hub/storage management; 2. improve emergency preparedness by establishing a readily deployable team, able to assemble storage space within a limited timeframe; 3. Ensure that this expertise is leveraged as much as possible within the country. After the training, trainees are expected to: 1. Apply the acquired knowledge appropriately in the workplace; 2. Become familiar with risk management, 3. Impart the knowledge acquired to others.

The way forward

WFP will continue to leverage UNHRD’s expertise in camp management and installation to deliver the following training in May 2016:
• Forklift driving: To accredit and qualify drivers to operate the numerous forklifts stored in the Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA) in Kathmandu.
• Maintenance of assets currently in stock in the HSA, including forklifts, generators, refrigerators and other electrical equipment.