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Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM) quarterly digest: 1st January – 31st March 2020

Author: GTAM
Year: 2020
Resource type: Report

The Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM) is a common global mechanism endorsed by over 40 Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) partners to provide systematic, predictable, timely and coordinated nutrition technical assistance in order to meet the nutrition rights and needs of people affected by emergencies. It is co-led by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Vision International (WVI), in collaboration with a core team (GTAM-CT) consisting of Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) as the knowledge management (KM) partner, the GNC and the Technical Rapid Response Team (Tech RRT). When country and regional capacities are exhausted, unresolved technical issues can be escalated to the GTAM. Depending on the issue, the GTAM will provide technical advice, facilitate the development of consensus-driven guidance through Global Thematic Working Groups (GTWGs) and normative agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), and provide specialised technical expertise. Wherever possible and appropriate, the GTAM seeks to leverage existing technical support mechanisms. For further information, visit: https://gtam.nutritioncluster.net/.

This document is available in English, a French version will follow.

Summary

During the first quarter of 2020, the GTAM Core Team (GTAM-CT) continued to refine ways of working within the different elements of the mechanism, particularly in relation to communication with the Global Thematic Working Groups (GTWGs), who are looked to for direction on technical questions falling outside existing guidance. A process of reviewing the GTAM-CT Standard Operating Procedures began that aimed to solidify roles and responsibilities within the core team and for the GTAM as a whole. A face-to-face meeting with the GTAM-CT in February further helped galvanise work within the GTAM, serving as an opportunity to finalise workplans, and focused specifically on progressing the development of the GTAM website. The GTAM-CT aimed to launch the GTAM website towards the end of the second quarter of the year and was able to make the GTAM website live in the first week of June. The website will serve as an easy-to-use platform where countries and nutrition practitioners can request technical advice when facing a technical question related to nutrition in emergencies (NiE) and on-site support in the form of remote support or advisors supporting directly in-country.

During the quarter, the GTAM was called on to rapidly mobilise and organise relevant actors to respond to demands for technical support relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. This highlighted the mechanism’s important role in bringing unresolved country and regional technical issues to the global level and facilitating action to resolve such issues. This work began in March with the compilation and release of a summary of guidance on NiE relevant to the COVID-19 context. GTAM activities relating to COVID-19 were rapidly scaled up in the beginning of the second quarter of the year.

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