Global Nutrition Cluster

Information management


Effective information management (IM) is the foundation of effective coordination. It is a critical component which required to improve planning, integration and implementation of an emergency nutrition response. In order to guide countries in IM, the Global Nutrition Clister is currently developing a nutrition information management strategy and a toolkit. Some of the tools already developed can be found on the page below.

Country nutrtion websites

Based on experience from nutrition country clusters, the Global Nutrition Cluster Coordination Team (GNC-CT) developed a structure and content of an optimal
 country nutrition cluster website
 [doc] - version 4 - July 2013.

  • The template is very inclusive, it represents an optimal country website and can be used as it is to develop an independent country nutrition cluster platform / website.
  • It can be also used as a check-list to decide what you want/do not want to include to your website.
  • It needs adaptation in order to be used on This adaptation is time and resources consuming and there is a need for substantial advocacy to other clusters and OCHA. Global Cluster Coordination Unit of the Cluster Lead Agency is taking lead on this, but it is expected that this process will ne finalised in 2014-2015.
  • While engaging in this process, Global Cluster Coordination Unit in cooperation with the GNC-CT is currently developing a short guidance to help national clusters to use The guidance is expected in August 2013.
  • For any questions please contact Anna Ziolkovska at

Partner reporting toolkit

Based on experience from different countries, the Global Nutrition Cluster Coordination Team (GNC-CT) developed following information management templates for adaptation at country level:

  • 3 / 4 Ws reporting template - version 1.6 (July 2013) [xls]
  • Partner reporting template - version 1.6 (July 2013) [xls]
  • Survey reporting template - version 1.6 (July 2013) [xls]
  • Guidance note for adaptation templates at country level - version 1.6 (July 2013) [pdf]. Please read the guidance note! It is only 4 pages long (with 20 pages of annexes for in-depth modification of the templates - can be used as a reference guide if needed)

These reporting templates have the following properties:

  • User-friendly (familiar, easy to fill in)
  • Easily adaptable at country level
  • Can be adapted for L3 as well as for smaller or longer term complex emergencies
  • Provide all necessary for Cluster Coordinators information, but not more than needed
  • Address cross-cutting issues (gender, age, HIV)
  • Number of beneficiaries always specified
  • Both programme and results monitoring oriented
  • Give some monitoring of quality of programs

For an adaptation at country level (for more details see a guidance note above) please use the following two strategies

  • Indicators should be linked to strategic objectives of a cluster / sector.
  • Number of indicators should be minimised to focus on priority areas.

For your information, during review of the existing country templates the following gaps were identified in many tools:

  • Omitted areas of intervention
  • Number of beneficiaries not always specified (for reporting templates)
  • Cross-cutting issues are not addressed (except sometimes gender)
  • Standard indicators are not used
  • No standard indicators at global level, which results in different indicators used by different countries
  • Mainly only quantity (not quality) of programs monitored

If you decide to use these templates or if you have any questions in this regard please contact Anna Ziolkovska at

Sample 3W/4W templates

A 3W/4W details the country Nutrition Cluster's response, including specifics of who does what, where (3W) and when (4W) for each intervention, often allowing for an analysis that can highlight important gaps in nutrition services. Samples of such templates have been provided from various countries.

The Indicator Guide

For a manageable (i.e. realistic and achievable) humanitarian response for both UNICEF and cooperation agreement partners, it is essential to agree on a prioritized set of indicators that can be monitored at a high enough frequency to inform the response.  The Indicator Guide [xls] provides a reference in selecting priority indicators, both by UNICEF cooperation agreement partners and for reporting in the UNICEF SitRep.

Sample Coverage Maps

Maps are a key tool for coordination in emergencies. They can communicate a lot of information very quickly to a wide range of audiences, including those without specialist or technical backgrounds. They are also useful for quickly identifying gaps and overlaps of information or activities.

Sample Contact List & Template

Contact information for the Nutrition Cluster, may include:

  • a simple Excel sheet with name, title, agency, email and phone contact information, location;
  • an on-line contact directory or list incorporated in the Nutrition Cluster web site or OCHA inter-agency web site platform;
  • contact information managed through the UN OCHA 3W database system.

Samples of excel contact lists have been provided from various countries which can be tailored to individual country needs.

Sample Situation Reports

Situation reports provide updates of the emergency situation and impact on nutrition, nutrition implementation priorities, collective progress, results, and constraints.

Sample Cluster Update

There is no standard format for Cluster Updates, but some of monthly Nutrition Cluster reports are available below [in pdf]:



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