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Strategic Priorities

The GNC collective exists to safeguard and improve the nutritional status of crisis-affected populations by enabling coordination mechanisms to achieve timely, quality, and appropriate nutrition response to effectively meet the needs of people affected by humanitarian crises.

The 2017-2021 Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) Strategy was developed by the GNC-Coordination Team and the GNC Strategic Ad­visory Group with support from consulting firm Avenir Analytics and in consultation with partners at global level and clusters at national level. The process involved an extensive review and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders using an online survey, key informant interviews and a focus group discussion, undertaken during the last quarter of 2016. The new GNC strategy also drew on lessons learnt from the previous strategy, changes in the humanitarian operat­ing and policy environment, and GNC stakeholder expectations. The draft strategy was extensively reviewed and endorsed by GNC partners. Based on this analysis and review, the core of the GNC Strategy for 2017-2021 is focused on the following three areas:

  1. Supporting operational delivery of national emergency nutrition coordination platforms. This is focused on supporting national platforms to deliver the core cluster functions to ensure a more timely, effective and people-centred response. Based on the ‘emergency continuum,’ this involves supporting national platforms to:

    a. Prepare for crises and be well positioned to meet their responsibilities during the response phase of an emergency.
    b. Respond to crises when they arise, primarily by delivering the core cluster functions.
    c. Lead the timely transition to national coordination mechanisms (where not already leading) to maximise efficiency, effectiveness and local ownership of responses.
  2. Strengthening capacity through national/regional and global platforms to support national coordination platforms to deliver more effective and people-centred responses. The GNC intends to develop the capacity of nutrition practitioners globally and locally on nutrition in emergency response coordination. These outcomes are highly correlated with objective one as supporting national platforms helps build coordination capacity in practice.
  3. Advocating and influencing for more effective coordination. The GNC will provide leadership (along with the cluster lead agency and cluster partners) in advocating for greater nutrition coordination in crises and for inter-cluster and multi-sector approaches to meet the needs of affected populations.

Other areas highlighted in the strategy include:

  • Scope of activities which fully clarify the GNC’s role in terms of its mandate and technical responsibil­ities, with an attempt to delineate the areas that are within the GNC’s scope of activities and those that are not.
  • Ways of working which briefly out­line the roles and responsibilities of GNC constituents and other key stakeholders who would help deliver the strategy and related work plan.
  • Outcomes, indicators and baseline targets have been linked to the strategic priorities and supporting objectives to help with delivery.

The GNC strategy, and specifically the strategic priorities, have guided the development of a yearly rolling work plan and prioritisation of activities to be implemented.

The strategy is available at: 2017-2021 Global Nutrition Cluster Strategy


Remote assistance and support for field-based teams in a number of areas

  • Coordination Helpdesk : The Coordination Helpdesk provides guidance, support and remote assistance in the field of nutrition cluster coordination, specifically related to the implementation of the six core functions of a nutrition cluster and the integration of accountability to affected populations into nutrition programming. 
  • Information Management Helpdesk: The Information Management Helpdesk provides guidance, support and remote assistance on information management activities, processes and tools to support nutrition cluster coordination and response.
  • Nutrition Information System (NIS) Helpdesk:  The Nutrition Information Systems helpdesk provides technical assistance  and remote support on needs assessment and analysis. The support primarily focuses on review, development and dissemination technical guidance that enable improvement in nutrition in emergency needs analysis within the framework of the humanitarian programing cycle (HPC).
  • Nutrition in Emergencies Helpdesk: The Nutrition in Emergencies Helpdesk provides technical assistance and remote support in the field of nutrition in emergencies, specifically in the areas of community management of acute malnutrition, micronutrient supplementation in emergencies and infant and young child feeding in emergencies.
  • Integration for Nutrition Outcomes Helpdesk: The Integration for Nutrition Outcomes Helpdesk provides technical assistance and remote support in the field of integrated programming to support nutrition outcomes, including the planning and implementation of holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to prevent undernutrition. 


One of the GNC priorities is in country support of the national and sub-national nutrition cluster/sector working group coordination mechanisms.

Influencing And Advocacy

One of the GNC strategic priorities is to influence and advocate for improved, integrated and coordinated nutrition response during humanitarian crises 

External Engagement

To help deliver the GNC priorities, we are committed to engage collectively and individually with a range of external stakeholders  to commit to working together in all relevant phases of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle and humanitarian-development nexus to ensure improved coordination

Internal Engagement

GNC engages with internal stakeholders to help deliver the GNC strategic priorities by strengthening internal ways of working in the GNC partnership.


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