This course is part of the GWC training pathway, specifically designed for members of WASH Cluster coordination teams to ensure effective WASH coordination in humanitarian action.


The objective of the clusters is to ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent and effective response. In order to  properly carry out their mandate, WASH Cluster Coordinators, Information Management Officers and Evaluation Specialists must have both theoretical and practical knowledge of the leadership skill set as well as the basic coordination functions and standard tools developed globally to support the implementation of the Core Functions.



The main targets of this course are staff and partners involved in WASH coordination at national and sub-national level, mainly composed of the following elements:

·         WASH Cluster Coordinators (dedicated or double-hatted)

·         Information Managers

·         Assessment Specialists

·         WASH NGO partners co-lead, co-chair and co-facilitators

·         Local authorities or co-lead ministries of the Cluster

·         UNICEF staff involved in WASH Coordination


Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide WASH Humanitarian Coordination Platform team members with operational tools and skills to perform all tasks related to core 6+1 coordination functions at national or sub-national level in protracted and/or sudden emergencies, while building on a thorough understanding of the relationship between information management and cluster coordination. It focuses on the list of minimum requirements for national WASH Humanitarian Coordination Platform to be achieved in terms of results and timelines across HPC. This training is also concentrating on the role of IASC clusters that are formally activated in the context of emergencies. In the meantime, many of the same principles can be applied in support of government-led emergency or crisis sectoral coordination mechanisms.

In addition, the training is emphasising on the skills required to provide influential and strategic leadership to the NHWCP in building partnerships, managing ambiguity and complexity while implementing the minimum requirements of the cluster's core function. 

Specific learning objectives include:

1. Improve participants' knowledge of all components and functioning of the Humanitarian Coordination System.

2. Train participants to perform all tasks related to the basic 6+1 coordination functions for each stage of the humanitarian programme cycle, in a prolonged or sudden emergency context through practical exercises and simulations.

3. Explore the practical relationship between coordination and information management across each of the core functions of clusters/sectors in order to improve the effectiveness and outcomes of the coordination system.

4. Improve participants' basic soft skills required for strategic leadership.


The course lasts 4 days and can be delivered on-line, in-person or hybrid. 


This course is fully interactive with a combination of methods ensuring time to process information and apply it practically. All sessions include simulations and practical group work around a scenario.