22 December 2009

"How can we support female logisticians to get started in the humanitarian sector?" asks Pamela Steel from WISE "For several years I have been approached by women who are logisticians in the private sector or have completed logistics training but find it nearly impossible to get a job with humanitarian organisations because many jobs require previous field experience."


Pamela has been talking to women working in humanitarian logistics around the world to find out their secrets for success. So far she has put together 12 great stories from female logisticians in NGOs and UN agencies who have worked hard to succeed in this field. With the help of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport a collection of 30 personal accounts will be published on websites, sent to Human Resource Departments of humanitarian organisations... READ MORE

11 December 2009

As a logistician in an emergency operation your job is to deliver humanitarian aid to affected populations in the fastest, most efficient and safest way. Taking decisions on the best use transport assets is one of your skills. But when bridges are down and roads are blocked by floods, hostile military checkpoints or landmines how do you reach cut-off areas?

How do you get the information you need to make these decisions? A key task in logistics coordination is to put together information from all responders about the constantly-changing conditions of access routes. As logisticians face blocked roads they report back to colleagues in other organisations and find ways around the problem. The government and military give updates on inaccessible areas or dangerous zones affected by conflict.


Now with the launch of the SDI... READ MORE

11 December 2009

And the winner is:




WINNING PHOTO: Northern Kenya, 2008


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Congratulations to Alastair Cook, Logistics Cluster Support Cell, Rome

We are putting together a Logistics Cluster calendar with the best photos and we'll send it to all those who entered. Many thanks for your participation.







Mawlamyinegyun / Myanmar, 2008

Truck used to deliver the rocks required to form the foundation of a mobile storage unit.

by: Alastair Cook, Logistics Cluster... READ MORE

08 December 2009

A deserted military base in the southern tip of Italy became a makeshift hub for coordinating relief supplies for earthquake-affected populations in ‘Brinland’ – a fictional country in the scenario used by the Global Logistics Cluster to train logistics officers from around the world on how to assess the need for a Logistics Cluster activation and be part of a Logistics Cluster response team.

The Logistics Response Team (LRT) training, from 22-29 Nov, was the sixth in the series of trainings run by WFP’s Logistics Development Unit based around real-time response to an earthquake. Twenty staff from NGOs and UN agencies formed two inter-agency teams ‘deployed’ at the onset of the emergency to conduct a rapid logistics assessment and coordinate the logistics response on behalf of the humanitarian community. A team of experienced facilitators drawn from NGOs and UN agencies operating in humanitarian emergencies played the part of government, humanitarian actors and donors, to... READ MORE

04 December 2009

The Government of Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU, Office of the Vice President) invited 40 representatives from government departments, local authorities, the Centre for Disease Control, WFP and OCHA to participate in a three-day simulation exercise for responding to a situation of severe pandemic.

The exercise from 16-19 November 2009 in Lusaka aimed at strengthening pandemic response and coordination capacities among the government, commercial operational partners and humanitarian agencies. 

WFP was invited to provide logistical expertise and specifically to steer the logistics aspects of the simulated emergency response. WFP Logistics Development Unit built the training together with the WFP country office and Pandemic Response Unit. Alastair Cook from the Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell was one of the facilitators: “The exercise was a great success and it was clear for all that maintaining logistics operations during a severe... READ MORE