Module 2 DUE: 14 November 2016

The Education Cluster’s Core Skills Course requires that all participants have a basic level of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills related to coordination prior to arriving.

We have therefore prepared FOUR modules with accompanying assignments to be completed and submitted according to the specified due dates.

Each module will contain a theory-based assignment as well as a practical, Information Management (IM)-based assignment. 

To qualify to attend the face-to-face portion of this course, you must complete and submit all assignments in Modules 1-4 on time.

All assignments and assignment-related questions should be sent to the Education Cluster at [email protected].

Module 2a (Theory): IASC Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at Country Level

Module 2a (Theory): IASC Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at Country Level

What is the purpose of the “IASC Cluster Coordination Reference Module”?

Select all that apply.

All Clusters are automatically activated in a humanitarian crisis.

What are the criteria for activating Clusters?

How does Inter-Cluster coordination work in humanitarian responses?

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Provides strategic direction through the articulation of strategic objectives and operational support to their achievement. CLAs ensure an inter-sectoral analysis informs HCT decision-making.
 
Clusters
Determined by the HCT, relevant clusters group together to develop multi-sectoral strategies in achievement of the SO and coordinate to implement and monitor their achievement.
 
Humanitarian Country Team
Focus on key operational issues which impact on an effective and efficient response
 
Strategic Objectives

What are the six core functions of a cluster at country level?

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Support service delivery
 
• Identify key elements of the HPC that require preparation • Analyse and address anticipated risks • Establish good working relationships with authorities and partners and clarify roles and responsibilities • Reinforce coordination structures
Inform the HC/HCT’s strategic decision-making
 
▪ Identifying concerns, and contributing key information and messages to HC and HCT messaging and action. ▪ Undertaking advocacy on behalf of the cluster, cluster members, and affected people.
Plan and implement cluster strategies
 
▪ Providing a platform that ensures service delivery is driven by the Humanitarian Response Plan and strategic priorities. ▪ Developing mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery.
Monitor and evaluate performance
 
▪ Developing sectoral plans, objectives and indicators that directly support realization of the overall response’s strategic objectives. ▪ Applying and adhering to common standards and guidelines. ▪ Clarifying funding requirements
Build national capacity in preparedness and contingency planning
 
▪ Preparing needs assessments and analysis of gaps to inform the setting of priorities. ▪ Identifying and finding solutions for (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication and cross-cutting issues. ▪ Formulating priorities on the basis of analysis.
Support robust advocacy
 
▪ Monitoring and reporting on activities and needs. ▪ Measuring progress against the cluster strategy and agreed results. ▪ Recommending corrective action where necessary.

What are the characteristics of (your) well-managed cluster?

Who is responsible for the efficient functioning of a cluster?

Without the commitment of cluster participants, coordination will not be successful. Which are some of the minimum commitments for participation in clusters?

What are possible advantages of shared Cluster leadership (ie. UNICEF and Save the Children for the Education Cluster)?

What are possible benefits of establishing sub-national coordination mechanisms?

Inter-cluster coordination supports clusters to work together to facilitate the delivery of the HRP’s strategic objectives in the most efficient and effective way. What are some of OCHA's role and responsibilities for inter-cluster coordination?

What does the Cluster Performance Monitoring (CCPM) evaluate?

What are the different Steps of Cluster Performance Monitoring (CCPM)?

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• HCT discusses and agrees on implementation of CCPM incl. timeframe • Inter-cluster Group discusses CCPM process and objectives and agrees on timeline and roles and responsibilities • Clusters discuss objectives and clarify steps and processes w partners
 
Step 1 - Planning
• Cluster Coordinator completes cluster description survey • Cluster Coordinator and partners each complete separate (online) survey • Global Clusters compile survey data and produce Preliminary CCPM Report on performance of six core functions
 
Step 3 – Cluster Analysis and Action Planning
• In CCPM workshops, each cluster discusses survey results, mitigating factors and explanations of performance and agrees on specific corrective actions that will be taken • CCPM Report and Action Plan are finalized and shared with stakeholders
 
Step 4 - Follow-up and Monitoring
• Inter-Cluster Group reviews CCPM Reports and Action Plans • CCPM Reports and Action Plans are presented to HCT and Global Clusters • Each cluster monitors implementation of its Action Plan • Clusters report to HCT on respective progress and challenges
 
Step 2 - CCPM Survey

Module 2b (IM): Education Cluster Monitoring Tool (ECMT)

Module 2b (IM): Education Cluster Monitoring Tool (ECMT)

Module 2b (IM): Exercise

Have you updated and sent the Monitoring Tool to the Education Cluster at [email protected]?