Induction Training for Stand-By Partners

02 July 2009

When emergencies occur and the “cluster approach” activated, the WFP led Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell (GLCSC) often requires mobilizing at short notice experienced staff to augment its capacity in support of logistics coordination ...

When emergencies occur and the “cluster approach” activated, the WFP led Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell (GLCSC) often requires mobilizing at short notice experienced staff to augment its capacity in support of logistics coordination. pict 1

“Stand-by partners” represent an ideal mechanism with a pool of trained and professional staff who are seconded during emergency deployments.

During 3 ½ days, from 26 to 29 May, the GLCSC had organized a training workshop in Neuhausen (Germany) gathering 20 participants from 7 different “Stand-by Partner” Organizations.

The Training Workshop was organized thanks to generous funding from the German Federal Foreign Office. The event was graciously and efficiently hosted by the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). The Agency, under the authority of the Federal Ministry of Interior is responsible for coordination in disaster relief both at home and abroad.

The training workshop focused on the tasks and the modus operandi of the Logistics Cluster during emergency deployments.
After introducing the subject matter recalling, inter alia, the objectives, role and methodology adopted by the Logistics Cluster and various WFP affiliated services, the workshop revolved around key themes such as Supply Chain and Cargo Tracking, Information Management, Meeting Management and Geo-Spatial Information.

induction training - pi 2The workshop methodology combined formal presentations with small size working groups during which participants had a chance to practice in various exercises related to Information Management, Concept of Operation and Meeting Management.

The aims of the Training Workshop were to sensitize participants to the complexities of various logistics functions they might fill in during deployments.

THW is a key partner to WFP and to the Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell having cooperated in multiple emergency response operations in the past, the most recent being  Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (June-Sept 2009) and Gaza  (January-February 2009).

Subject to the availability of funding, and following positive feedback received from participants, it is envisaged to further strengthen this joint venture between THW and the GLCSC by making this training a yearly event.

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 Please find an article about this training from our colleagues at THW (in German)