ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISOR OF THE SHELTER COORDINATION TEAM (SCT) AND RELATED GUIDANCE

AUTHOR: Shelter Cluster Team, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC)

LAST UPDATED: 2017

TYPE OF TOOL: Knowledge platform

KEYWORDS: environmental management, Shelter Cluster Team, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC), knowledge platform, guidelines, handbooks, shelter, restoration, risk reduction, impact assessment

FORMAT: Web site. Specific tools available primarily in English

LANGUAGES: Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

WEB LINKS:

https://www.sheltercluster.org/Pages/default.aspx (global shelter cluster)

https://www.sheltercluster.org/sites/default/files/docs/700400-shelter_coordination_team-en-lr.pdf (guidance)

ABOUT THE TOOL: The Shelter Cluster website makes available a wide array of guidelines, planning toolkits, and handbooks related to contingency planning, settlement planning, shelter specifications, shelter programming, non-food items, cross-cutting aspects, and cluster coordination.  At the global level, the aim of the cluster approach is to strengthen system-wide preparedness and technical capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies by ensuring that there is predictable leadership and accountability in all the main sectors or areas of humanitarian response.  Similarly, at the country level the aim is to strengthen humanitarian response by demanding high standards of predictability, accountability and partnership in all sectors or areas of activity. The cluster approach can be used in both conflict-related humanitarian emergencies and in disaster situations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) is an Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) coordination mechanism that supports people affected by natural disasters and internally displaced people affected by conflict with the means to live in safe, dignified and appropriate shelter. The GSC enables better coordination among all shelter actors, including local and national governments, so that people who need shelter assistance get help faster and receive the right kind of support.

INTENDED USER:  This toolkit is designed for use by coordination teams deployed by the Emergency Shelter Cluster co-chairs UNHCR and IFRC to chair in-country Emergency Shelter Cluster Working Groups.

VULNERABILITY AND CAPACITY ASSESSMENT (VCA) TRAINING GUIDE AND TOOLBOX

AUTHOR: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

LAST UPDATED: 2006

TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course, Handbook

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), training course, handbook, impact assessment

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF documents (training guide: 116 pages, toolbox: 182 pages)

LANGUAGES: Training guide: English, Toolbox: English, Spanish, French

WEB LINK:

https://www.ifrc.org (IFRC)

http://www.ifrc.org/en/what-we-do/disaster-management/preparing-for-disaster/disaster-preparedness-tools/disaster-preparedness-tools/ (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The purpose of this training guide is to provide VCA facilitators with the necessary tools to train those who will be implementing the actual VCA. It is designed to enable volunteers with little or no experience of community-based participatory information- gathering to complete a successful VCA, under supervision.

The guide includes instructions and suggestions to help volunteers understand:

  • The overall purpose of VCA;
  • Relevant terminology and concepts;
  • Means of working more effectively with communities;
  • Various information-gathering tools and techniques (i.e. group facilitation, accurate data recording, etc.)
  • Different methods for systematizing and analyzing data”

“The toolbox looks at different participatory investigative tools that can be used by National Society staff and volunteers to accomplish a successful VCA. It provides a detailed explanation on how to undertake the research part of a VCA. It will help you to choose the right tools to suit your purpose and describes when and how to use them and what to do with the information collected.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.”

INTENDED USER: IFRC staff and volunteers