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Global WASH Cluster
Operational Support Update

25 / 05 / 2022
Dear Cluster Coordinators and Information Managers,
This update features the CLARE 2 Evaluation report, the National Coordination Workshop 2022 report, a new WASH in Epidemics course as well as a selection of links to the planned GWC operational support events in the remainder of this quarter. We also remind all that we recently launched our Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and it was great to work with most of you at the Annual Meeting last week to develop a collective implementation plan.

At the end of this update, there is a reminder on how NCPs can solicit bilateral support for coordination activities through deployment or remote support of the Field Support Team (FST) and the Cluster Advocacy and Support Team (CAST). In Q2 of 2022, the following events are being planned:
Upcoming Operational Support Webinars and Events
Thursday 26 May 2022 - AAP, GBV Risk Mitigation and Disability Inclusion in HNOs and HRPs: tips and guidance for 2023 HPC
This webinar will focus on how to integrate cross-cutting themes by applying a twin-track approach to the identification if critical problems in HMOs and corresponding response options in the HRP related to the cross-cutting themes. The webinar will provide tip sheets and checklists on the integration of AAP, GBV risk mitigation, and disability inclusion aspects but more importantly, a space for longer discussions and Q&A on these themes.

ENGLISH: 2PM – 3.30PM CET -  Add to calendar  -   Link to join
Thursday, 9 June 2022Visualisation and Gap Analysis
The initial 2022 webinar will provide an overview of the approaches to gap analysis, types of gaps, qualitative limitations of the 4Ws and other tools to monitor gaps in humanitarian WASH coordination. It will also be a good reminder on key visualization approaches, tools, and best practices from NCPs. The event will conclude with a discussion, questions and answers.

ENGLISH: 12PM - 1.30 PM CET -  Add to calendar  -   Link to join
Thursday 16 June 2022 - HNO 2023 WASH Sectoral Guidance
This webinar will cover the HNO process with a focus on sectoral analysis and PIN calculations and will provide both theoretical and practical information needed for country-level HNO focal points. The webinar is suitable for those new to the HNO process as well as for those who need a refresher. In addition to the webinar, there will be the opportunity to attend HNO/PIN clinics with the Assessment Specialist to resolve country-specific questions, issues on analysis, indicators and other aspects of HNO development.

ENGLISH: 9AM – 10.30AM CET, -  Add to calendar  -   Link to join
FRENCH: 2PM – 3.30PM -  Add to calendar  -    Link to join
Key Operational Updates 
UNICEF finalizes its second Cluster Lead Agency role evaluation

The second Cluster Lead Agency Role Evaluation (CLARE II) concludes that UNICEF has generally delivered on the coordination responsibilities of its cluster lead agency (CLA) role and shows significant progress since the first global evaluation in 2013, especially in fulfilling its country-level cluster coordination responsibilities and in terms of staffing coordination and information management positions. However, it noted that there are still noticeable gaps in coordination positions at the country level (even up to 6 months) with frequent instances of “double-hatted” staff. Finally, the evaluation found that the humanitarian system relies on heavy processes that hinder strategic thinking, and on outdated guidance that needs to incorporate new realities and ways of doing business. 

We strongly encourage National Cluster Coordinators and Information Management officers to carefully read the report and use the below management response for their reference. The recommended good practices can be used internally with UNICEF and for advocacy purposes with senior management to ensure coordination is staffed and enabled accordingly.

Management response to the evaluation of the UNICEF role as cluster lead/co-lead agency
The present report provides an overview of the UNICEF management response to the evaluation of the UNICEF role as cluster lead/co-lead agency, which was completed in 2022. It provides a summary of the recommendations made and the actions that the organization will take to address them.

Recommended good practices for the minimal structure of coordination teams at country level
The main purpose of this document is to support UNICEF as a Cluster Lead Agency in meeting cluster accountabilities. As adequate staffing of a cluster/Area of Responsibility (AoR)/sector is one of UNICEF’s core accountabilities, this document provides recommended practices for minimum structure of the cluster/AoR/ sector coordination teams at national and sub-national levels to ensure that their functions are effectively fulfilled and maintained, and, ultimately, to ensure a more timely and relevant humanitarian response.

The 2022 National Cluster Coordination Workshop Report is out!

The 2022 National Cluster Coordination Workshop (NCC) was held as an online event from 28th – 30th March 2022. The NCC workshop is a learning and exchange of best practices in humanitarian WASH coordination organized by the Global WASH Cluster (GWC). The participants of the NCC workshop are invitees from National Coordination Platforms (NCP) composed of UNICEF and WASH partner staff. There are 28 – 30 NCPs globally, consisting of approximately 90 national staff, mainly WASH Cluster Coordinators, Co-Coordinators and nformation Managers who work in relative isolation from each other.

The GWC endeavors to support NCP staff and create linkages between them through global events, webinars, shared documents and communications. Key resources include the GWC website, the Field Support Team providing surge and remote technical support, the online guidance manual otherwise known as Coordination Toolkit and the NCC workshop. Read more here.

NEW WASH In Epidemics Course!

The WASH in Epidemics course will introduce learners to the role of WASH in an infectious disease outbreak setting, focusing specifically on respiratory, fecal-oral, and direct contact infectious disease outbreaks.

This course is designed for individuals responding to a variety of humanitarian crises, in which an infectious disease outbreak is also occurring. Learners taking this course should have an understanding of the various WASH interventions typically used in humanitarian responses, though need not be WASH specialists; this course is applicable to all humanitarian responders. Read more here.

We also remind all that the Global WASH Cluster Coordination Tool Kit (CTK) provides all guidance, tools, and field examples to support all members of WASH coordination platforms to implement the functions and tasks linked to Humanitarian WASH coordination and information management.  

  • Assessment Strategy 2022 – recording and PPT here
  • Response Monitoring Frameworks and 4Ws - materials and recording here
  • IM Diagnostic and Framework 2022 - materials here
  • Coordination Performance and Prioritization 2022 - materials here
  • Communications and Visualisation for National Humanitarian WASH Coordination Platforms here
  • Information Management Refresher - Session recordingPPT Presentation
  • Localization of WASH Coordination - ENG/FR/SP - here
Best regards,
CAST (The Cluster Advocacy and Support Team)
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