Global Nutrition Cluster

Inter-Cluster Cooperation

Experience from the field has highlighted some overlaps and gaps in emergency interventions where there exists an interface between clusters. There is a recognized need for clarity on the relative roles and responsibilities of the different clusters in order to avoid duplication of effort whilst ensuring that all areas of need are covered
Food security

The Global Food Security  Inter-Cluster Nutrition Working Group (co-chairs: Caroline Abla, International Medical Corps and Hilary Dhliwayo-Motsiri, IFRC; TOR [doc]) was created with the intention of providing operational/coordination/technical direction and guidance to the gFSC on key areas of synergy between the Nutrition and Food Security Clusters in humanitarian responses. One of the objectives of the Working Group was the development of standard operating procedures between the gFSC and the GNC.

Since the April 2011 Global Meeting of Partners, the Working Group has worked on a series of key activities and tools. It has developed and conducted a field survey for cluster coordinators in order to identify the present coordination field practices between the Food Security and Nutrition Clusters. Upon careful analysis of the survey results and the dissemination of key findings, the Working Group identified principal synergies and complementarities, gaps and limitations, as well as best practices regarding existing coordination mechanisms between Food Security and Nutrition Clusters at field level.

A key deliverable that was identified during this meeting was the development of a Joint Guidance Note concerning fundamental synergies, complementarities, gaps and lessons learned that were discerned from the survey findings.

It was agreed to write a letter clearly defining mandates, roles and responsibilities of the two clusters. This would in turn be shared with cluster coordinators and partners at country as well as headquarter level. There will also be an additional letter signed by Global Nutrition & Food Security Coordinators and addressed to the field Coordinators of both clusters, as well as the field-level co-lead agencies, emphasizing the working principles and linkages between the FSC and GNC. A Joint Guidance Note will also be produced containing both concrete examples of how the Food Security and Nutrition coordination mechanisms look like and the existing coordination best practices. The latter will be collected after careful consultation with field coordinators.

Further action points include the creation of an online discussion group, either via email or via the gFSC website, where Food Security and Nutrition practitioners can ask questions, share information and solve problems. Joint Trainings for the cluster coordinators, as well as joint missions will be promoted. In addition, the working group will ensure that the joint trainings, support missions and assessments are also multi-cluster in nature and that there is sufficient national capacity to address coordination issues between the two clusters, especially when the international workforce retreats.

Presentation on the WG achievements in 2012 in English [ppt].

Child Protection Area of Responsibility

Child Protection Working Group (Area of Responsibility of the Protection Cluster) has launched “Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action” at the end of 2013. The main purpose of the Minimum Standards is to:

  • Establish common principles amongst those working in child protection, and to strengthen coordination between them
  • Improve the quality of child protection programming, and its impact for children
  • Improve accountability within child protection work
  • Further define the professional field of child protection
  • Provide a synthesis of good practice and learning to date
  • Enable better advocacy and communication on child protection risks, need and responses

Standard 22 [pdf] covers child protection in nutrition in emergency response. If you would like more information please refer to Child Protection Working Group website: and a full version of minimum standards:


Inter-Cluster Matrix [pdf] - Health/Nutrition/WASH. This matrix defines the responsibilities and accountabilities of the Health, Nutrition and WASH Clusters during emergency response in areas of potential overlap in order to ensure clarity and improve coordination and collaboration during emergencies.



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