Launch of the Logistics Coordination Unit

11 February 2011

WFP’s Special Operation 10342.2 changes name from UNJLC to World Food Programme Logistics Coordination Unit

WFP’s Special Operation 10342.2 changes name from UNJLC to World Food Programme Logistics Coordination Unit

Background

In 2003, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) established a Special Operation 10342.2 which later took on the name United Nations Joint Logistics Center (UNJLC). In 2004, UNJLC and its partners established the Non Food Items (NFI) Common Pipeline, approved by the Country Team as an interim solution in order to fill a perceived gap in this sector.

In 2005 the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) endorsed the application of the “cluster approach” as part of wider reforms aimed at improving the quality, predictability and accountability of humanitarian response. In accordance with the Cluster Approach, a natural merger of the UNJLC and the Logistics Cluster functions took place at the global level, with the disbanding of all UNJLC offices in 2008, the exception being Sudan. In the South the function has been incorporated into the cluster.

Outlook for 2011:

The Special Operation 10342.2 previously known as United Nations Joint Logistics Centre will now operate under the name: “World Food Programme Logistics Coordination Unit”.

The management of the Special Operation 10342.2 will be based in Khartoum, functioning through an advisory panel: OCHA, donors and partners namely IOM and UNICEF. The Special Operation will maintain offices in Nyala, El Fasher, El Obeid and El Geneina, and will also maintain the previous mandated functions in North Sudan, ensuring rapid response to the onset of emergency with the provision of essential life saving non-food items and emergency shelter.

The new Logistics Coordination Unit will continue to have their documents hosted on the Logistics Cluster website as UNJLC had in the past.

Core function of the Special Operation include:

  • *Leadership and coordination of the Non Food Items (NFI) & Emergency Shelter (ES) Sector * Coordinate with sector partners, mitigate gaps/overlaps in partner activities, prioritize Sector initiatives, lead Sector work planning and fund raising activities, continue Sector reporting systems, maintain and disseminate information on activities, stocks and distributions.

  • *Management of the NFI Common Pipeline for Sudan and Warehouses * In North Sudan, the NFI Common Pipeline works with over 50 UN and NGO partners to ensure that targeted beneficiaries are provided with essential non-food items and emergency shelter. This includes: participation in inter-agency needs assessments; identification of gaps and overlaps among partner activities; effective coordination and for maximum geographical coverage and timely solutions; and appropriate storage of all items in country prior to distribution.

  • *Facilitation and management of logistics common services and logistics information * The Special Operation facilitates cost-effective and efficient humanitarian operations through coordination of relevant and timely common logistics services and technical expertise. Services include information sharing on GIS and Mapping; surface and air transportation; cargo prioritization; and logistics assessments. Services are provided on the expressed requirements of the humanitarian community and with no charge.