The Logistics Cluster is responsible for coordination, information management, and, where necessary, logistics service provision to ensure an effective and efficient logistics response takes place in each and every operation. To achieve this goal, the Logistics Cluster fills gaps in logistics capacity, meets the need for logistics coordination services, and where necessary acts as ‘provider of last resort’ through the Lead Agency. Globally, the activities of the Logistics Cluster are driven by the Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell (GLCSC), based in Rome. The GLCSC, in regular consultation with partners in the humanitarian logistics community, has operationalized the overarching Cluster Mandate originally articulated by IASC, by focusing on the following areas of responsibility:
Operations – GLCSC Logisticians act as the focal point at the global level for Logistics Cluster operations, provide a concentration of logistics expertise, and regularly deploy in support of on-going activities or in response to sudden onset emergencies. GLCSC Logisticians support the activities of the Logistics Cluster by; representing the Logistics Cluster in the Field, facilitating coordination between humanitarian actors during emergencies, designing and managing logistics cluster activities, supporting deployed field staff and offering specific logistical support to specialized agencies.
Information Management – The primary role of GLCSC IM staff is to serve as the communications link between field operations and the Humanitarian Community. They support field operations directly by providing surge capacity at the onset of an emergency, establishing guidance and maintaining global standards to ensure continuity across operations, and directly filling the position of field IM Officer where additional trained personnel are unavailable. The IM Officers ensure that high quality, timely, and accurate information products are disseminated through the Logistics Cluster website to support activities at both the field and global levels.
Coordination – A central focus of the GLCSC is to act as a liaison between humanitarian actors, where logistics operations are concerned. To that end GLCSC staff: organise and participate in a variety of inter-organisational forums, prepare and disseminate regular updates on Logistics Cluster activities to partner organizations, and participate in a variety of specialized working groups.
Training – In order to improve coordination between humanitarian actors in logistics, allow for better information sharing between organizations, and improve the ability of their partners to understand and access services offered by the Logistics Cluster, GLCSC staff organize and facilitate multiple trainings each year including: Logistics Response Team (LRT) training, Stand-by Partner (SBP) training, and Logistics Emergency trainings for corporate partners.
Tools – The Logistics Cluster also works to develop tools aimed at improve the capacity, efficiency, and effectiveness of logistics response in emergencies. These tools represent the combined expertise of all Logistics Cluster partners, and are made available for the benefit of the humanitarian community via the Logistics Cluster Website.
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