The Logistics Cluster provides an unique opportunity for the humanitarian logistics community to exploit shared assets, aptitudes and competencies of the Logistics Cluster lead agency, the participating organisations and entities working within the cluster approach. The Global Logistics Cluster lead’s role is to facilitate these joint ventures, both at global and field level, as to ensure system-wide preparedness and technical capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies.
When activated in emergencies, Logistics Cluster operations vary in scale from information sharing , and coordination (such as infrastructure assessment, port and corridor coordination, transporters and rates, customs, equipment supplier information) to those involving common air, ocean and overland transport, storage etc. WFP in its role as the Global Logistics Cluster lead agency undertakes the following:
- Development of standardized technical tools:
- Publication of policy documents:
- Maintenance of the information-sharing platform (Logistics Cluster website) and publication of standard Logistics Cluster situation reports, assessments, concept of operations and other coordination tools.
- Development of emergency training module at the local, national, regional and international levels such as the Logistics Response Team Training (LRT) and Service Mindset Training (SMT) ().
- Establishing and maintaining surge capacity and standby rosters for deployment in emergencies to support establishment of field-level clusters.
- Establishing and maintaining contingency stockpiles through the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD).
- Conducting Logistics Capacity Assessments for at-risk countries and participating in pandemic preparedness training with national authorities.
- Humanitarian Reform
- Humanitarian Appeal
- IASC Revised Guidance Note on Clusters dated Using the Cluster Approach to Strengthen Humanitarian Response 24 November 2006