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To the April edition of our new monthly newsletter, bringing you updates from the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) and its technical arm, the GNC Technical Alliance (the Alliance). For next month's issue, we encourage countries to share their nutrition cluster/sector coordination stories, photos and tools from the field for us to showcase. 

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The GNC and Technical Alliance Teams

GNC Annual Report is out!

2020 was a pivotal year for the GNC, which more than doubled its support from 29 countries to 65 Global Humanitarian Response Plan countries in the wake of COVID-19. Find out about the GNC’s global achievements and the GNC country report on nutrition coordination. Please share the report widely among your networks and colleagues.


GNC News

Intersectoral Collaboration

A recent survey on Inter-sectoral Collaboration (ISC) sent to Health, WASH, and Nutrition country cluster coordinators and teams (with 38 responses from 28 countries) found that:

  • 71% routinely participate in ISC working groups at the national level, other than the Inter Cluster Coordinators Group (ICCG) led by OCHA;
  • 63% routinely participated in sub-national level ISC Working Groups;50% have a developed Integrated Package of Interventions (IPI),
  • 32% have a somewhat developed IPI while 18% do not have an IPI;
  • 50% of the developed IPI are being implemented on the ground and another 26% were being somewhat implemented (not the full package of services).

Main constraints for ISC and the implementation of the IPI at national and at sub-national level were limited funding and staffing. At the sub-national level, ability to advocate for and leadership on ISC and IPI implementation were additional constraints. Respondents identified the three top priorities for global clusters as: to support the country clusters with developing a work plan for ISC; training on ISC; and support in developing guidance on ISC at country level. Joint presentations at the Global Health Cluster (GHC) Annual Meeting include:

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Paving the way to Nutrition and WASH collaboration-from theory to practice

Friday, 30 April 202115:00 - 16:00 CEST

Breaking Silo: Promoting inter-sectoral collaboration for an effective and sustainable humanitarian response

GNC Myanmar workshop

From 6-8 April, the GNC-CT supported the Myanmar Nutrition Sector to conduct a workshop on Emergency Response Preparedness and response planning. Over 50 people joined the workshop from the Nutrition Sector in Myanmar; representing UN agencies, the World Bank, INGOs, and local NGOs as well as colleagues from other sectors, to address complementarity of response efforts. The GNC-CT would like to thank Jecinter Oketch (current Nutrition Cluster Coordinator in Myanmar) for her commitment to coordination and wish her well for her next duty station.The GNC Technical Support Team's Faith Nzioka will now deploy to Myanmar for 2-3 months to provide support to the Nutrition Sector.


22 de abril 2021, de 10 a 11:30 am hora de Panamá

El equipo del GNC-CT invita a los/las Coordinadores del Cluster/Sector Nutricional, deputy NCCs, y los/las Information Management Officers al seminario sobre la « Preparación para responder a las urgencias para los mecanismos de coordinación nutricional (ERP en inglés) ». Se puede inscribir a este seminario AQUIDespués de su inscripción, recibirá un correo con la información para conectarse al seminario.  

El contenido sería el mismo que los seminarios anteriores en inglés y francés de Febrero 2021. 


The GNC country pages contain information on the 2020 humanitarian response for nutrition in 29 priority countries.

To find details on funding achieved for 2020 and requests for 2021 for Populations in Need, see the GNC Country Report 



A useful handbook from OCHA, the information is designed to directly support Resident Coordinators (RCs) and Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) in their humanitarian leadership roles, with a focus on inter-agency coordination.


Accountability and Inclusion 

A new resources portal and a service directory aim to bring together resources from both IASC and non-IASC members

Mental Health & Psychosocial Support

Two new technical notes on this topic, with accompanying tools and case studies, are also now available from the IASC.

Measuring GBV risk mitigation in humanitarian settings

UNICEF and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) have launched an online platform to support humanitarian practitioners to strengthen GBV risk mitigation.

GNC support dashboard

An information management tool, that visually tracks, analyzes and displays key performance indicators regarding GNC operational support to countries. It is real-time monitoring of both direct and indirect support.


GNC Technical Alliance


The GNC Technical Alliance has Qualified Consultants Ready for Deployment!

Are you or your organization seeking qualified nutrition consultants? The GNC Technical Alliance 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 Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Alliance 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


The Nutrition and Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) GTWG has been re-invigorated with two new chairs at the helm. Building on the work of the Nutrition and CVA Evidence & Guidance Note, this group aims to map key initiatives using CVA for nutrition outcomes and identify technical knowledge gaps and implementation challenges. Please contact Natalie Sessions if you would like to get involved.

The Alliance is organizing quarterly calls for the chairs of in-country TWGs, with the next call for  Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) TWGs and the chairs of the Wasting Management TWGs on 22 April. The calls will share details on Alliance support, recent global-level documents and guidelines and successes, challenges and needs of TWG chairs. Pleasd contact Yara Sfeir  if you would like to join the calls.


Tools for IYCF-E capacity building

A series of practical, user-friendly tools to help organizations improve the quality of programmes for IYCF-E have been developed by Save the Children and the Alliance (former Technical Rapid Response Team), with support from members of the IFE Core Group.

Find the tools here



In case you missed these webinars...

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Nutrition Cluster and PRONANUT (Le Programme National de Nutrition de la RDC), in collaboration with the Alliance, shared their experiences of integrating nutrition into the COVID-19 response. Contributions from DRC, Burkina Faso and Mali made for an insightful webinar attended by over 300 people. Webinar recording and slides (in French & English) are available here.

he recent Latin America and the Caribbean Webinar SeriesNutrition in Emergencies in the Context of COVID-19 and Migration webinar recordings and slide decks are available here.


Global WASH Cluster (GWC) Annual Meeting Satellite Events are to be held online from 26-30 April 2021 from 13h00-17h00 CEST each day.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from more than 30 partners, academia, practitioners, and actors involved in humanitarian WASH and nutrition as well as other sectors such as the Global Nutrition Cluster. A total of 18 collaborative sessions ranging from a variety of topics such as localization, gender, capacity development, innovations, and many more sessions gravitating around humanitarian WASH and coordination.
To see the full programme and to register.

 NCC toolkit | IM toolkit | NCC checklist |  IM checklist |  IYCF checklist

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