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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January 30, 2014
Developed by UNESCO IIEP and UNICEF WCARO, on behalf of the Global Education Cluster, these Guidance Notes aim to support ministry of education officials to integrate C/DRR into their planning processes. Ideally, contingency and response plans should form part of national plans, and this document provide guidance on how to integrate these issues into broader …
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January 30, 2014
This webpage provides a useful introduction to contingency planning as well as giving a number of sample contingency plans from a range of contexts including Nepal, Madagascar, Gaza, Somalia and Uganda.
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January 30, 2014
Gathering data pre crisis can be an extremely important preparedness measure, saving time and effort during emergency assessment and response phases. Work can also be done to agree on a common needs assessment tool. This toolkit gives guidance on secondary data that can be collected prior to a crisis (p. 17) and discuss the process …
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January 30, 2014
This guidance document provides an overview of the process of contingency planning aimed at Humanitarian Country Teams and international actors. The tool covers key concepts of contingency planning, and provides detailed guidance on the process of planning, including risk analysis, scenario building and response planning.
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January 30, 2014
This INEE Toolkit contains a wide variety of practical, field-friendly tools and resources to guide education practitioners, humanitarian workers and government officials working in the field of education in emergencies through to recovery. The INEE Toolkit includes all of the key guidance documents produced by INEE, as well as a rich archive of resources produced …
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January 30, 2014
The foundational document for the work of the Education Cluster, and the education in emergencies sector more broadly, is the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery. The INEE Minimum Standards Handbook contains 19 standards, each with accompanying key actions and guidance notes. The handbook aims to enhance the quality of educational preparedness, response …
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December 11, 2013
This Handbook is intended to provide Education Cluster Coordinators with information that guides them in facilitating a coordinated and effective response to education needs in emergencies. It covers a wide range of issues, from an overview of co-leadership issues, tips on how to chair meetings and facilitate cluster partner collaboration, information management guidance, development of …
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