Disaster Management Country Team (DMCT)

The Disaster Management Country Team (DMCT) was established in 2015. It is composed of a Steering Group and Technical Group, which includes resident UN agencies, international and national non-governmental organizations with humanitarian mandate, as well as components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement [1]. The Georgian Government (the Emergency Management Agency under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Security and Crisis Management Council) and donor organisations ( ECHO, SDC and USAID) may be invited as standing invitees to the DMCT SG.

In the event of a major disaster, the DMCT will be transformed into a Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and will have the same composition, but may also include operationally-relevant regional and international agencies if required.

Objectives

The DMCT promotes emergency response preparedness to enable concerted action by all national and international actors to optimize the speed and volume of critical assistance delivered immediately after the onset of a humanitarian emergency:

  1. Coordinated inter-agency emergency preparedness and response
  2. Support to the Government for emergency response preparedness [2]

Description and structure

The DMCT Steering Group (SG) provides policy guidance, endorses recommendations of the TG and generally underwrites the objectives of DMCT. It also approves the DMCT annual plan of action and performance report. The SG is chaired by the UNRC, it meets quarterly.

The DMCT Technical Group (TG), consisting of Agency emergency response preparedness focal points meets at least bi-monthly and provides technical guidance and facilitates the implementation of the DMCT annual plan of action, prepares risk analysis and updates it regularly. The TG will appoint a chair from amongst its membership.

In the case of smaller-scale emergency response not requiring the formation of a Humanitarian Country Team and at the request of the SG, the TG may also initiate rapid humanitarian needs assessment, exchange information on responses, plans and activities in the field. After smaller-scale emergency responses, the TG may conduct analysis on the response provided, monitor and follow-up, and share experiences and lessons learned.

The Office of the UNRC provides secretarial support to the SG and the TG within the limits of its resources.

 

 

 

[1] Subject to their individual mandates
[2] Including to assist the Government, as required, in assessing the situation and assistance needs arising and to strengthen the management capacity of the responsible government institutions, where required, and provide operational support to help ensure the reception, transportation and distribution of relief supplies

 

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