As the Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) for the Global WASH Cluster, UNICEF is responsible for establishing broad partnership bases (i.e. “clusters”) that engage in activities in three main areas, as follows:
The WASH CLA is responsible for consolidating and disseminating standards, as well as identifying ‘best practice’ for areas requiring technical expertise. Where necessary, the CLA will also develop standards and policies where there are none already existing.
The CLA is responsible for developing systems to build coordination, assessment and information management capacity and maintain standby rosters and surge capacity resources to ensure that unforeseen needs can be met, wherever they are.
As ensuring there are dedicated coordination and information management support staff, the CLA secures access to appropriate technical expertise for preparedness, response, transition and long term recovery to National WASH Coordination Platforms. The responsibility to pool resources, ensure complementarity of response and to build and enhance partnerships mainly lies with the CLA.
Advocating for the scale up of responses and for increased resources where necessary also falls under the CLA remit.
More information on the role of CLAs can be found here in the UNICEF CCCs, and the UNICEF Cluster Coordination Guidance for Country Office.