Field Support Team mechanism
The Field Support Team (FST) mechanism is the principle means for Global WASH Cluster to provide Operational Support to National Humanitarian WASH Cluster Platforms (NCP). The current FST structure evolved from the initial use of a Rapid Response Team in the early years of the cluster. In the past the FST has been led by International Federation of Red Cross and by Norwegian Church Aid.
The current FST Consortium is led by Action Contre la Faim-France and includes Oxfam-GB, NCA, iMMAP and Impact (Ch). The consortium operates under a mandated given by the Global WASH Cluster’s Strategic Advisory Group and seeks to secure independent funding for the deployment operations.
The FST provides support through surge deployments, remote support and global support to NHWCP in achieving the seven IASC Core Functions of coordination. The current FST includes 4 cluster coordinators, 3 information management specialists and 1 coordinated assessment specialist. The FST Consortium can supply additional staff on consultancy basis.
To request support from the FST (or additional members) please review the services available and request process on the Operational Support section. For an overview of the support provided by the FST in 2020 please see the FST dashboard.
For reading success stories from FST mechanism deployment in 2021, please read the GWC monthly newsletter
The FST surge team Members:
Ewan Chainey – Cluster Coordinator, Oxfam-GB
Abdoulaye Diallo – Cluster Coordinator, ACF-France
John Kanani – Cluster Coordinator, Oxfam
Karl Lellouche – Cluster Coordinator, NCA
Rebecka Rydberg – Assessment Specialist, Impact
Alexandra Karkouli – Information Management Specialist, NCA
Jason Searle - Information Management Specialist, iMMAP
Haitham Farag – Information Management Specialist, NCA
Additional Support Members:
Marij Zwart – Fecal Sludge Management Coordinator, Netherlands Red Cross
Vacant Position- People Centred Programming Coordinator, Norwegian Refugee Committe
Dana Truhlarove – Cash Advisor, UNICEF
Field Support for National Coordination Platforms
- Scanning high risk counties, mapping the status of Minimum Preparedness Actions
- Supporting national platforms in contingency planning and implementing preparedness actions
- Engaging with the inter-agency Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) processes; informing the inter-agency task team of WASH preparedness in target countries and implementing recommended preparedness actions in countries subject to EWEA
- Strengthening of national coordination platforms’ ability to develop, implement, monitor and adapt Strategic Operating Frameworks (SOFs)
- Supporting national platforms with regular cluster performance assessments
- Functioning as the principal link between global inter-agency and multi-sector processes
- Identification of funds at national level to support country based shared projects
- Assessment of the capacity of pre-existing WASH coordination mechanisms and determine the appropriate approach for support, making maximum use of pre-existing decision making structures (including government) and national capacities
- Propose revisions to WASH Cluster Coordinator Terms of Reference to ensure alignment between documented responsibilities and actual needs in the context
- Ensure the implementation of an enhanced coordination structure, mobilising partner willingness and capacity to participate in and deliver coordination functions in accordance with the IASC defined cluster functions
- On-site and remote support to national platforms in high risk countries to put in place appropriate context-relevant information management tools
- Surge support to national platforms to establish IM systems during emergencies
- Data analysis and consolidation
- Application and use of technology
- Identification of data gaps and the use of data for evidence-based decision making
- Providing support with GIS, mapping and database tools
- Capture and documentation of lessons learned, best practices and standards at global level
- Elaboration and refinement of WASH Cluster assessment systems that support inter-agency and multi-sector assessments while ensuring that WASH assessment needs are met
- The development and application of methodologies to ensure that WASH assessment processes are statistically valid and accurate within known confidence limits
- Identification and quantification of public health risks
- On-site and remote support to national clusters to develop assessment frameworks that underpin strategic and operational decision making as well as provide partners with data that they require for effective preparedness and response
- Surge support to national platforms to support WASH assessments during emergencies
- Ensure that WASH Cluster operations, from data processes to response monitoring, are effective and meet established standards
- Definition of quality standards for basic WASH services, incorporating cross-cutting issues of significance to affected populations
- Estimation of the cost-effectiveness and impact of emergency WASH interventions
- Establishment of systems to ensure accountability to affected populations
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.