The support provided to National WASH Coordination Platforms aims at increasing national capacity to coordinate humanitarian preparedness and response, with the long term goal of decreasing the frequency and scale of global surge support.
It is done either remotely or directly through the deployment of members of the GWC Field Support Team (FST), who operates on the basis of demand, primarily identified by national WASH coordination platforms themselves. Capacity building and preparedness actions are focused on high risk countries, particularly those identified by the IASC Early Warning Early Action system. Support is provided to help National WASH Coordination Platforms to to deliver a range of functional specialties.
FIELD SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL COORDINATION PLATFORMS
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THE FIELD SUPPPORT TEAM TODAY
In late 2013, the FST was conceptually established, maintaining the principles of the previously separate support teams, yet merging the teams’ functions to capitalize on clear synergies within their work. The Field Support Team provides support to National WASH Coordination Platforms across a broad range of coordination themes, and with a focus on high-risk countries or those already facing complex emergencies:
- The FST members provide direct support through in-country missions to provide specific tailored support, or to cover essential functions during the initial stages of an emergency response. FST members are deployable for up to 12 weeks and can be hosted within any of the partner organisations ready to support WASH Coordination at the national or subnational levels.
- The FST members also provide support to preparedness and capacity-building initiatives, the development of region-specific tools, resources and best-practices, and provide ongoing remote support in identified high risk countries operating in a complementary manner through regionally based hubs. As such they are able to maintain a pool of region-specific expertise, and can help to facilitate regional level linkages.
For further information, please download the FST Flyer.
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