NORCAP civil engineer, Raúl Saenz de Inestrillas, deployed to IOM in Haiti. 
He was responsible for operations related to housing, community infrastructure and water, sanitation and hygiene and to coordinate with national counterparts and national and international partners on technical matters (Photo: Akiko Nabeshima).
Read caption NORCAP civil engineer, Raúl Saenz de Inestrillas, deployed to IOM in Haiti. He was responsible for operations related to housing, community infrastructure and water, sanitation and hygiene, and to coordinate with national counterparts and national and international partners on technical matters. (Photo: Akiko Nabeshima)

Coordination

Published 12. Jun 2016
In large humanitarian operations it is more important than ever to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated crisis response. NORCAP strives to make coordination more predictable, inclusive and collaborative, in order to achieve better protection, assistance and durable solutions for affected people.

In an emergency, humanitarian actors and authorities work together in clusters. Each cluster is a working group where different actors agree on who does what, when and where.

NORCAP experts are deployed as cluster coordinators in a wide range of emergency contexts and in a variety of fields, from protection and food security to shelter and camp management. Our cluster coordinators help improve interaction and avoid duplication of efforts in humanitarian relief operations. 

NORCAP protection officer Patric Mansour i samtale med flyktninger på havna i Mytilene Foto_NORCAP_RAYMOND_AASERUD

 

Field example

During the European Refugee Crisis, Greece and other European countries experienced a massive influx of refugees from conflict areas such Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. NORCAP deployed protection, child protection and camp management experts to help UNHCR and Greek authorities cope with the emergency.

One of our protection experts was in charge of coordinating the humanitarian response on large parts of the island of Lesvos. The expert coordinated local and international humanitarian actors, Greek authorities and volunteers in an efficient and professional manner in order to respond rapidly and effectively to the refugees’ needs.