Cluster Coordination

Cluster coordination, whether of national or sub-national clusters, can be a daunting task, especially in the midst of an acute emergency when there are many pressures and priorities to be addressed.

Successful cluster coordination relies on individual leadership that is technically strong: up-to-date knowledge of best practice and thorough knowledge of the INEE Minimum Standards and other key guidance. Excellent interpersonal skills are also essential: managing meetings, sharing information strategically, bringing partners together under a shared strategy and common priorities, monitoring cluster progress and learning lessons from the cluster’s successes and challenges.

The documents on this page provide basic guidance on what the cluster approach is, how clusters should function, and introductory information about some of the key responsibilities of clusters. Links to further resources on key areas of work for the Education Cluster are also highlighted. The documents are of use to Cluster Coordinators, other Cluster staff, Cluster partners and anyone wanting to understand how Education Clusters should function and the fundamental standards for education in emergencies programming.

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March 31, 2014
The Cluster Contact List template is intended to collect contact details of all the individual members of the cluster. This comprehensive template is designed to collect wider range of contact information than then the basic contact list template. The template may be adapted to suit a cluster`s local context and specific needs.  Access online version …
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March 31, 2014
This Meeting Agenda Template is intended to be used in conjunction with the Education Cluster Meeting Minutes Template. The template may be adapted to suit a cluster`s local context and  specific meeting requirements. Access the online Google Docs version here . The Google Doc template allows multiple users, at various locations, contribute and edit the …
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March 31, 2014
This Meeting Minutes Template is intended to be used in conjunction with the Education Cluster Meeting Agenda Template. The template may need to be adapted to suit a cluster`s local context and specific meeting requirements.  Access the online Google Docs version here .  The Google Doc template allows multiple users to edit the document online at …
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January 30, 2014
Established in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education is comprised of close to 60 developing countries, donor governments, international organizations, the private sector, teachers, and civil society/NGO groups. GPE supports developing country develop and implement sound education plans through technical guidance and financing. In 2012, GPE agreed a Funding Modality to support education in emergency …
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January 30, 2014
Emergency Response Funds (ERFs) mechanism began in 1997, and are intended to provide NGOs and UN agencies with rapid and flexible funding to address critical gaps in humanitarian emergencies. ERFs, sometime called Humanitarian Response Funds in some countries, are usually established to meet unforeseen needs not included in the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) or a …
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January 30, 2014
Common Humanitarian Funds (CHFs) are country-based pooled funds that provide early and predictable funding to NGOs and UN agencies responding to critical emergencies. Humanitarian Country Teams are able to disburse CHF resources to projects of highest priority as identified in a Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) or other humanitarian action plan. CHF funding decisions involve clusters …
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January 30, 2014
FLASH appeals are used for structuring a coordinated humanitarian response for the first three to six months of a sudden onset emergency. The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator triggers a flash appeal in consultation with all stakeholders. Ideally, a flash appeal should be issued within one week of an emergency. It provides a concise overview of urgent life-saving …
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January 30, 2014
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts. The CERF has a grant facility of US$450 million and a loan facility of $30 million. The CERF grant component has two …
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January 30, 2014
Major humanitarian crises and disasters require many aid agencies on the ground. To operate effectively, the agencies’ independence is critical. However, they also need to coordinate efforts to avoid gaps and duplication, focus on urgent needs, strategically address the crisis and work towards longer-term recovery. A common strategic approach is essential for an efficient response …
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January 30, 2014
The EiE harmonized training package combines training materials from the original INEE Minimum Standards, UNESCO IIEP and the Cluster’s Front Line Responders training packages. The materials include 17 modules with PowerPoint Presentations, Facilitator Guides and exercises, as well as guidance on adapting the training materials. These materials are designed for use with education practitioners, providing …
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