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Source: Emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (EWASH)
30 January 2009

IASC WASH Cluster for occupied Palestinian Territories

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Cluster

Following the request of the UN Country Team and humanitarian partners in the occupied Palestinian Territories, UNICEF has assumed its responsibility as the WASH Cluster Lead Agency.

The aim of the WASH Cluster is to strengthen the humanitarian response through partnership in order to achieve better prioritization of available resources. This will be achieved by clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the various WASH actors and by providing a clear focal point for emergency WASH interventions.

The WASH Cluster is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by ensuring the participation of all the key WASH partners, in planning, establishing and maintaining appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms, to ensure complementarity between all WASH actors. The WASH Cluster will ensure that activities are undertaken in conjunction with the national/local authorities and with existing WASH coordination platforms such as e–WASH.

The WASH Cluster is committed to fulfilling it’s responsibilities in line with the IASC guidelines, and to providing adequate reporting, information sharing and cross–Cluster coordination. In addition, as agreed in the IASC guidelines, UNICEF will be responsible as the “provider of last resort” for WASH services, subject to access, security and the availability of the necessary resources.

WASH Cluster Objectives

To facilitate the coordination among local, international and UN agencies active in Water and Sanitation sector in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and to enhance predictability, timeliness and efficiency of the WASH sector in meeting beneficiaries’ needs. The main objective of WASH Cluster personnel is to facilitate the provision of WASH services for those affected by conflict, occupation and natural events such as drought.

Role of the WASH Country Cluster Lead
The role of sector leads, as specified in the IASC Guidance Note, at the country level includes:

Inclusion of key humanitarian partners
Establishment & maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms
Coordination with national/local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors
Participatory and community–based approaches
Attention to priority cross–cutting issues (e.g. age, diversity, environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and human rights)
Needs assessment and analysis
Emergency preparedness, planning and strategy development
Application of standards
Monitoring and reporting
Advocacy and resource mobilization
Training and capacity building
Provision of assistance or services as a last resort

The WASH Cluster Coordinator in conjunction with eWASH Coordinator will arrange the necessary events for WASH actors, including meetings, Information Management, reporting, workshops and coordination with national authorities. Any organization working in the Water and Sanitation sector can join the group, as can donors, and other sector leads.

Meetings are weekly on Thursdays at 11h00 at Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) building in Ramallah, unless otherwise indicated.

WASH Cluster Key Contacts
Tim Forster – WASH Cluster Coordinator
Mobile: +972 (0)54 7787682
Subha Grannam – eWASH Coordinator
Mobile: +972 (0)59–9644868
Ghassan Madieh – UNICEF WASH Officer
Mobile: +972 (0)59 8921835
Nina Odling – WASH Cluster IM
Mobile: +972 (0)54 77 87683

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