Global Nutrition Cluster
Issue 29 | February 05, 2021
Dear GNC subscribers,

We are pleased to bring you the latest updates from the GNC coordination team and the GNC Technical Alliance (GNC-TA). 

This month we feature new case studies from Myanmar (strengthening the humanitarian-development nexus) and South Sudan (an inter-cluster famine response) – the South Sudan study is available in both English and French. There's a new updated Competency Framework for Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts from the GNC-TA, and a brief on optimal infant feeding during COVID-19. Don't miss the latest issue of Field Exchange, with its special section on the CMAM surge approach and adapting programmes to COVID-19.  

And do please share with us any relevant news or resources for our next newsletter.

Happy reading! 

From all of the GNC team. 

Global Nutrition Cluster
Technical Alliance

The GNC-TA is pleased to share an updated Competency Framework for Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts, which reflects and promotes current and emerging best practice. The framework aims to improve nutrition outcomes by providing a standardized, inter-agency set of competencies required by people working in nutrition in humanitarian contexts to support: improved effectiveness of individuals, teams and organizations; improved coordination and collaboration between organizations; and increased accountability to those who require assistance.  

On behalf of the Covid-19 Infant Feeding Working Group, PATH has released a brief on Aligning best practices and addressing misinformation for optimal infant feeding during the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus is on breastfeeding related questions from during the pandemic and was informed by the results of a previous COVID-19 and breastfeeding misinformation survey. 

ENN has just released its latest issue of Field Exchange, which includes a special section coordinated by Concern Worldwide on piloting and scale up of the CMAM surge approach and programmatic adaptations to COVID-19. Find out more here.

The GNC-TA is an initiative to improve the quality of nutrition emergency preparedness, response and recovery through access to: technical resources, country learnings and capacity strengthening tools; technical support from experienced advisors to answer your questions or to provide more in-depth support; and expert consensus-driven guidance and advice for emerging technical areas and/or challenging contexts. Submit your questions or request for support here 

GNC Support dashboard

The Global Nutrition Cluster Support dashboard is an information management tool that visually tracks, analyzes and displays key performance indicators regarding the GNC's operational support to countries. 
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News this week

Case Study: Opportunities and Challenges for Strengthening Humanitarian and Development Linkages for Nutrition in Myanmar

The Myanmar case study is one of three country studies (including Afghanistan, and Niger to come), which form the basis of a global report commissioned by the GNC and the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. The report captures experiences from crisis-affected states and suggests practical options to strengthen the Humanitarian-Development Nexus (HDN) for greater nutrition outcomes.  

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Case Study: Inter-cluster Famine Response Strategy in South Sudan

The crisis in South Sudan remains complex and protracted with both acute and chronic needs experienced at varying levels across 78 counties in the country and the Abyei region. Nearly 4 million people remain displaced by the humanitarian crisis: 1.5 million internally and more than 2 million as refugees. 

The South Sudan case study is available in both English and French

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IASC Operational Guidance on Data Responsibility

The final and endorsed IASC Operational Guidance on Data Responsibility is now available.

This guidance offers a set of principles and actions which country teams, clusters and/or sectors, and organizations can implement for data responsibility in humanitarian action.

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Technical support

The Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Alliance has Qualified Consultants Ready for Deployment!

Are you or your organization seeking qualified nutrition consultants?

The GNC-TA Consultant Rosters have more than 100 vetted consultants from around the world and speaking more than 40 languages, ranging from junior to senior level with experience in the following technical areas: 

  1.  Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)
  2.  Infant and Young Child Feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E)
  3.  Micronutrient supplementation in emergencies 
  4.  Integrated nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions
  5.  Needs assessment and analysis for nutrition outcomes (SMART, IYCF-E, coverage surveys and qualitative assessments)

Any partner, agency, cluster, sector or technical working group in a country that identifies a need for nutrition staff support can submit a request for consultant recommendations. The GNC-TA Consultant Roster’s goal is to provide fast, qualified, consultant recommendations with specific technical knowledge in emergency nutrition.

To learn more about the consultant roster or to submit a request/inquiry, please visit the GNC Technical Alliance consultant roster page.


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