The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) was established in 2006 as part of the Humanitarian Reform process, which aimed to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response programmes by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership. The GNC does this by supporting country coordination mechanisms in strategic decision-making, planning and strategy development, capacity strengthening, advocacy, monitoring and reporting, and contingency planning/preparedness.

Our vision and core purpose

Our vision is that by the end of 2025, the nutritional status of the most vulnerable people is protected in countries at risk of, or with, ongoing situations of fragility.

Our mission is to safeguard and improve the nutritional status of emergency affected populations by ensuring an appropriate response that is predictable, timely and effective at scale. 

Our core purpose is to enable country coordination mechanisms to achieve quality and appropriate nutrition response to emergencies. We support country coordination in strategic decision-making, planning and strategy development, capacity building on coordination and IM/KM, advocacy, monitoring and reporting, and contingency planning/preparedness.

Cluster Approach

Clusters are groups of humanitarian organizations, both UN and non-UN, in each of the main sectors of humanitarian action, e.g. nutrition. They are designated by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and have clear responsibilities for coordination.

The aim of the cluster approach is to strengthen system-wide preparedness and technical capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies, and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response. At country level, it aims to strengthen partnerships, and the predictability and accountability of international humanitarian action, by improving prioritization and clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of humanitarian organizations.
 

Our Team

The Global Nutrition Cluster Coordination Team (GNC-CT) provides leadership and stewardship for coordination and functions as the secretariat and leadership for the Global Nutrition Cluster. The GNC-CT is staffed by UNICEF and housed within UNICEF Geneva.


The GNC-CT represents the GNC partners in global fora and provides operational support to country nutrition clusters while linking stakeholders and ensuring effective communications.

GNC partners and observers

GNC Partners are entities (organizations, groups or individuals) committed to respecting fundamental humanitarian principles, working in Nutrition in Emergencies, who are willing to actively help the GNC fulfill its role and contribute to the GNC work plan. Observers are organisations that are interested in the GNC work, but are not actively contributing to the GNC work plan.  

At global level, the GNC has 46 partners and observers representing International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), research and development groups, academic institutions, UN agencies, donors and individuals. At a country level, in addition to these partners, local authorities, national NGOs and community based organisations are an integral part of each Nutrition Cluster.

Strategic Advisory Group

GNC Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) provides strategic support to the GNC-CT to guide direction of GNC affairs. The SAG is composed of representatives from GNC partners: three NGO partners, four UN agencies (UNICEF, WFP and UNHCR are standing members), two donor representatives and one Nutrition Cluster Coordinator.

Rapid Response Team

The Rapid Response Team (RRT) is one option for sourcing surge/temporary support for Clusters and AoRs. The RRT ensures that high level deployable surge staff are secured to ensure that the cluster functions can be supported or established in the event of a sudden onset crisis or if an existing crisis escalates dramatically. Either remote or in-country support is provided for up to three weeks to strengthen the coordination and information management capacity of any country during nutrition in emergencies and humanitarian crises, when requested. The RRT consists of four experienced professionals - two Nutrition Cluster Coordinators and two Information Management Officers - with the proven technical capacity and nutrition expertise to support countries in meeting the needs and priorities of at risk and crisis affected people. RRT members can provide dedicated surge capacity to any country office and are available within 72 hours (pending visa requirements), enabling a timely and coordinated nutrition response.

If longer term support is needed, please click here to read about the support options available. However, keep in mind that it is the responsibility of the country office to organise for and recruit a longer-term NCC or IMO. To read more about RRT support, check out the RRT flyer and please reach out and contact us to request support.

 

GNC Technical Alliance (TA)

The GNC Technical Alliance (TA) for Nutrition in Emergencies is a common global approach endorsed by over 40 Global Nutrition Cluster partners to provide systematic, predictable, timely and coordinated nutrition technical support to countries in order to meet the nutrition rights and needs of people affected by emergencies. GNC Technical Alliance (TA) is co-led by UNICEF as the Cluster Lead Agency & World Vision.

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