May - July 2022

MEET THE NEW GLOBAL LOGISTICS CLUSTER COORDINATOR

Mailin Fauchon. Photo credit: GLC

Maïlin Fauchon joined WFP in 2004, and since then she has worked in several country offices and emergencies. Throughout her time with WFP, Maïlin’s work has always been centred around logistics and partnerships, and often on how these two come together. Prior to joining WFP, Maïlin worked in the field of water resource management, as well as with NGOs in Northern Mali and the Sahel, Kosovo, Albania and Morocco managing humanitarian operations and community engagement programmes. Her experience, her understanding of the value of partnerships, and her dynamic attitude will be critical in a time when humanitarians need to come together to face an unprecedented number and scale of crises. Best of luck to Maïlin for her new role!

Watch here an interview with the Global Logistics Cluster management team (previous and current Global Logistics Cluster Coordinators and the Global Logistics Cluster Deputy Coordinator) to learn more about past, current and future expectations, and achievements.

LOGISTICS GLOBAL CLUSTER MEETING – COPENHAGEN JUNE 2022

GLM Group Photo. Photo Credit: UNICEF

The first Logistics Cluster Global Meeting of 2022 took place in Copenhagen on the week of 13 June 2022. For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the humanitarian logistics community had the chance to meet in person! The meeting brought together 54 attendees from 46 organisations, and it was facilitated through presentations and discussions by partners and humanitarian stakeholders.

The sessions included a focus on data philanthropy, innovation, complementarity in common logistics services, and safeguarding in logistics, as well as speakers from national disaster management organisations in Madagascar and Central America. The LET partnership shared the recent improvements of Emergency Dashboard Utility for Airfreight Resource & Delivery Options (EDUARDO) ;the Logistics Cluster exchanged ideas with partners on further developments of the Logistics Information Exchange Tool (Log.ie), and reviewed the response in Madagascar and the benefits and links with the Field Based Preparedness project (FBPP). The meeting also represented an opportunity for the Strategy Implementation Plan’s thematic working groups to further exchange on strategic objectives, priority activities and next steps.

The Note for the Record from the meeting will be available shortly on the dedicated Global Meeting page.

Huge thanks to UNICEF for hosting the meeting, and to all the presenters and facilitators!

WELCOME TO SEBASTIEN CAZENAVE, NEW MEMBER OF THE GLOBAL LOGISTICS CLUSTER STRATEGIC ADVISORY GROUP (SAG)

Photo Credit: Sebastien Cazenave

During the Global Logistics Cluster Meeting, participants elected Sebastien Cazenave as the new NGO representative to the Strategic Advisory Group. Sebastien works as Senior Director for Global Logistics & Supply Chain since 2018 and for the past seven years he has been working with International Medical Corps (IMC), leading the medical supply chain transformation initiatives within IMC.

"I am glad to be one of the NGO representatives to the Global Logistics Cluster SAG and raise International Medical Corps’ image as a leading logistics organisation. In addition to promoting and driving the implementation of the Global Logistics Cluster strategy, along with other SAG members, I will be advocating for increased consideration of the medical supply chain within the Global Logistics Cluster responses and the expansion of the procurement function within the cluster strategy and activities portfolio. We have a lot to gain in joining our procurement efforts, especially during emergency responses."

Congratulations to Sebastien on his new role!

NEWS FROM THE GLOBAL LOGISTICS CLUSTER SUPPORT TEAM

GREEN PROCUREMENT WORKSHOP (WREC)

The Global Logistics Cluster-led environmental sustainability in humanitarian logistics project (WREC) held a Green Procurement Workshop on 27 June. 136 participants from 55 organisations, academia and donor institutions were brought together to discuss on challenges and solutions for the implementation of environmental sustainability initiatives. Presentations were provided by Humanity & Inclusion, Danish Refugee Council, ICRC, and Save the Children.

If you missed the workshop or would like to learn more about the WREC project, please visit our website here. To sign up for the Global Logistics Cluster’s green logistics mailing list, please contact: global.wrec@wfp.org

CHOCOLAT

The Cluster Humanitarian Operational Coordination of Logistics and Air Transport (CHOCOLAT) is a resource developed by the Global Logistics Cluster in 2020 to support partners with finding and sharing available cargo space for the transportation of humanitarian relief supplies. Partners from the humanitarian sector and private sector stakeholders alike can utilise the tool to share information on flight routes with available cargo space. But the tool is only as good as the information that feeds into it! Partners are encouraged to check CHOCOLAT frequently and share cargo movement needs and/or spare capacity to fully utilize the available resources amongst the humanitarian community. To learn more about the CHOCOLAT tool, please visit https://chocolat.logcluster.org/.

NEWS FROM THE FIELD

Participants of the “Women in Logistics Network Training”, South Sudan. Photo Credit: GLC

ETHIOPIA

Convoy movements through the only accessible humanitarian corridor into Tigray experienced a sharp increase in May and June. While 170 trucks confirmed safe arrival into Mekelle through the Logistics Cluster coordinated convoys in April, a total of 1,102 trucks carrying 43,555 mt of humanitarian cargo and 241,324 litres of fuel confirmed safe arrival in May. In June, this number more than doubled with 2,527 trucks carrying 108,028 mt of humanitarian cargo and 437,759 litres of fuel confirming arrival. This is the largest monthly figure since the opening of the Semera – Mekelle corridor in July 2021, and the largest convoy to date arrived in Mekelle on 22 June, with 454 trucks.

Should access through the Afar corridor remain constant, it is expected that convoy movements will continue to increase in size and frequency in the coming months. Learn more about the operation in Ethiopia here.

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

In the Americas, under the Field-based Preparedness Projects, the first ever Logistics Response Team Training (LRT) in Spanish. was hosted in Ecuador in April. The event was attended by over fifty key actors from sixteen different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean who had the opportunity to experience a simulation through a tailor-made scenario. In June, the First National Logistics Preparedness Workshop was held in Valencia, Venezuela. The result was an unprecedent exchange between government entities and humanitarian organisations to identify logistics challenges and coordinate a better response in the country. In the upcoming weeks, an action plan will be published on the Venezuela webpage. If you wish to know more about the workshop in Venezuela don’t miss out this video.

UKRAINE RESPONSE

When the Logistics Cluster in Ukraine was activated on 3 March, supply chain challenges were immense - and coordination and information sharing was vital. Over the course of the response, the Logistics Cluster has handled 19,950 m3 of cargo, facilitated access to transport for three inter-agency convoys to hard-to-reach areas, and supported 177 organisations across coordination meetings, trainings and common services. Moving forward, based on the Gaps and Needs Analysis exercise now completed, the Logistics Cluster’s activities will continue to reflect ongoing operational challenges and partners’ needs. Read more about the emergency response in Ukraine here.

SOUTH SUDAN

Basics of Humanitarian Logistics Training

Two back-to-back sessions of Basics of Humanitarian Logistics training were organised in Juba, accommodating 46 participants from 32 partner organisations.

Following theoretical sessions on transport and warehouse management, participants were asked to design the best transport strategy to deliver lifesaving supplies to field locations based on the efficiency, cost, reliability, and accessibility of different modes of existing transport. By building the capacity of national personnel and organisations, the Logistics Cluster aims to enable the logistics processes to be more resilient and adaptable to the constantly evolving context to increase the effectiveness of the humanitarian response.

Women in Logistics Network Training

On 8 March, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the Women in Logistics Network South Sudan (WiLN) was launched. This is a shared initiative led by the Logistics Cluster, WFP, IOM, Tearfund and Care International. WiLN aims to increase the capacity of women in logistics by amplifying their voices and creating a platform for networking, learning and professional growth over the next five years. On 9 June WiLN organised its third workshop covering “Successful CV Creation and Interviewing Techniques”. This was a steppingstone in providing critical information, training supporting career growth and progression on female leaders in logistics. 25 participants from national and international NGO’s and UN organisations attended the event. The workshop included presentations on key topics, a panel with top experts in the field of recruitment and HR and a session to put into practice what they learned.

For more information about the Logistics Cluster in South Sudan, please visit the dedicated webpage.

PREPAREDNESS

The Field-based Preparedness Project (FBPP) was presented in a session at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week conference on 4 May, entitled: The wicked problem of outcome sustainability: Exploring a new approach to delivering systems-strengthening support for localisation. Over 160 people registered and actively engaged in the session. As a key outcome, several attendees agreed to participate in a dedicated peer-review working group, to support the development of a guide for humanitarian organisations on capacity strengthening activities with national counterparts. Once developed, the guide will be applicable to different contexts of humanitarian logistics

If you are interested in the FBPP and its activities, please visit the dedicated webpage.

Trainees carrying out practical activities during the Warehouse Management Workshop in Sierra Leone. Photo credit: GLC

SIERRA LEONE - WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT TRAINING

The FBPP supported the delivery of a Warehouse Management Training in Freetown from 6 to 9 June. More than 20 participants from the National Disaster Management Agency and the Sierra Leone Red Cross joined a three-day full immersion training on how to manage reception, storage and cargo delivery to support an emergency response in-country. The training is part of the FBPP support to the National Disaster Management Agency and integrates the “Prepositioning Strategy” approach implemented within the National Preparedness Logistics Action Plan. If you wish to learn more about the FBPP in Sierra Leone, please visit the dedicated webpage.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FBPP IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION

The FBPP in the Asia-Pacific region is ongoing in Laos Tajikistan, and Bhutan and the project has successfully transitioned to national management in the Philippines.

In Tajikistan, led by the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence a two-day National Logistics Preparedness Working Group workshop was conducted on 20 and 21 June to discuss the needs for a national logistics information sharing platform and highlight the importance of the logistics preparedness action plan. Based on the findings of the Capacity Needs Mapping in December 2021, the Action Plan will guide strategic decisions of the working group members in aligning recommended activities with their organisation’s priorities, interests, and contributions. A blogpost on localising national logistics preparedness in Tajikistan was published recently to introduce the project to the Logistics Cluster community.

TRAINING

Participants during a GEAR UP simulation. Photo credit: GLC

GEAR.UP 2022: FACE TO FACE LOGISTICS RESPONSE TEAM (LRT) - NEUHAUSEN, GERMANY 17 -24 SEPTEMBER 2022

GEAR.UP is back and is better than ever! After three-year hiatus, this joint venture between the Global Logistics Cluster and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster aims to mainstream and familiarize participants with Clusters activities and access facilitation to services. The aim is to improve efficiency and cooperation across the humanitarian sector. During the week, skilled logistics professionals are put to the test in a rigorous 7-day simulation, building their capacity to deploy in their own organisations and alongside the Clusters to ensure better logistics response across the humanitarian community.

Participants must be nominated by the focal point of their organisation. To learn more about how to apply, please email hq.glc.training@wfp.org.

WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF TRAINING?

After a year in the making, we are pleased to announce that the external “level four” training evaluation has been published. This evaluation aimed to measure and describe the impact that the Training Programme had on humanitarian operations. To do so, the evaluators focused on the humanitarian response to Tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which hit Mozambique in 2019. Based on the findings, the Training Programme made a positive contribution to the overall emergency response in the following five key areas: 1) Participants of the Logistics Cluster trainings were familiarised with tools and procedures in advance of an emergency, 2) Networks were developed in advance and lead to better engagement with the Logistics Cluster, 3) Participants became more aware of the challenges and learned how to prioritise critical activities, 4) Participants were able to prepare operational plans, and 5) Participants were prepared to work under stress and pressure. Read the report to learn more.

Have a great story or project to share?

This newsletter is designed to communicate to all of our global partners what has been happening within the Logistics Cluster community. If there is anything that your organisation would like to be included in the next edition of the newsletter or in future, please feel free to contact us at hq_im_rome@wfp.org.

The next edition will be sent out in October, so inputs are kindly requested by the final week of September.

To learn more about the Logistics Cluster activities please visit the website. Read more about the strategy 2022-2026 and the Strategy Implementation Plan.

 
 
 

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