Module 4a (Theory): UNICEF Cluster Coordination Guidance for Country Offices
- Read the entirety of the UNICEF Cluster Guidance to Country Offices (see below or click on the link above)
- Complete the following post-reading quiz
What is the main purpose of the “Cluster Coordination Guidance for Country Offices”?
- Explain key responsibilities of UNICEF representatives and country offices in supporting cluster coordination functions
- Substitute the IASC Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at Country Level (CCRM)
The UNICEF Representative has the responsibility to represent...
- UNICEF Programs
- UNICEF led Clusters and AORs
- Humanitarian Country Team
- The whole humanitarian community
Which of the following is/are not responsibilities of the UNICEF representative?
- Timely appointment of an adequate number of appropriately experienced coordination staff
- Ensuring availability/accessibility of adequate administrative, logistical and office services to clusters
- Ensuring funding is available for coordination functions
- Ensuring effective management of cluster staff
- Providing representation of and advocacy on behalf of cluster(s) in the HCT and other for a
- Ensuring that UNICEF emergency programme plans and targets are aligned with agreed cluster plans, priorities, objectives and indications
Who has responsibility for funding and staffing of the Coordination and IM positions?
- Standby Rosters (ie. MSB, NRC, DRC, RedR, CANADEM)
- UNICEF GCCU/EMOPS
- UNICEF Country Office
The Cluster coordinators act as neutral representatives and have an overriding duty to ….
- Cluster partners
- Seconding Agency
Which of the following may threaten the neutrality of the coordinator position?
- The Cluster coordinator reporting to someone other than the Chief of Section
- Appointment of a double-hatting coordinator rather than a dedicated coordinator
- The UNICEF Chief of Section participating actively in Cluster meetings, representing UNICEF as Cluster partners
- Location of Cluster Offices outside UNICEF (if possible)
What is not one of the “Cluster Coordination Guidance for Country Offices” recommendations on double hatting?
- Cluster coordination responsibilities and allocation of time for cluster functions should be clearly articulated in the ToR
- A double hatting cluster coordinator must always make clear when speaking on behalf of and representing the cluster and when speaking on behalf of and representing UNICEF
- When possible, another person than the coordinator should represent UNICEF at coordination meetings
- A double hatting coordinator in most emergencies is the most desirable mode of recruitment since it is the most time and cost efficient option
Which are some of the disadvantages of the Cluster Coordinator being managed by the Chief of Section?
- Common issues across all Cluster may be lost/diluted/not managed coherently by CLA
- Each Chief of Section would be required to brief UNICEF representative on respective Cluster issues – so another time-consuming process required
- Potential for Chief of Section to focus on coordinator support for UNICEF-related issues rather than broader cluster issues
- As taking on management of one additional person, the Chief of Section may not have time to perform the management role
- Potential that common issues are lost/diluted and so not adequately represented by the HCT