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Logistics Support

Logistics support in OCHA encompasses: 

  1. Maintaining an equipment reserve for OCHA field deployment and making use of internal pre-positioned equipment, thanks to external partners' support. Partnerships are explored with Member States, WFP, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, NGOs and the private sector in relation to providing adequate equipment.
  2. Facilitating the relationship and cooperation between OCHA’s corporate partner, Deutsche Post-DHL, and the Logistics Cluster in relation to providing airport-handling teams during humanitarian relief operations.
  3. Ensuring, in cooperation with a number of donor governments, the adequate and timely provision of  non-food items to relief operation. The aim is to contribute to the facilitation and coordination of international in-kind assistance. Emergency relief items are located in the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot.
  4. Maintaining close relationships with the World Customs Organisation and IFRC to initiate discussions with Member States, and promote the implementation of customs-facilitation measures for importing emergency relief items. The Logistics Cluster and OCHA offices are key players.
  5. Ensuring, in partnership with the Logistics Cluster, the overall management of the global mapping of emergency stockpiles. This maps the capacities and resources of humanitarian actors to respond to the needs of affected populations in emergencies.

Response Teams

Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) are the result of the strategic partnership between DHL, Deutsche Post World Net and OCHA.

DRTs support the relief efforts of the United Nations system and the international community. The teams provide logistical expertise for incoming shipments of relief goods. They help to ensure an uninterrupted and effective relief supply chain at the airport closest to the scene of sudden-onset natural disaster. Their main tasks are:

  • Organizing the transfer of incoming relief goods from aircraft pallets to standard wooden pallets.
  • Set-up and manage a professional warehouse at the airport, including the sorting and inventoring of goods.
  • Organize the loading of relief goods on to vehicles for onward transportation.

DRTs can be deployed to a crisis area within four days for two to three weeks. By that time, the initial surge of international charter aircraft bringing aid supplies has normally decreased to a  level that is manageable for airport authorities and their local partners.

Each team comprises a pool of about 80 specially trained DHL experts at its respective home base. In addition to their normal jobs at DHL, those experts have volunteered to take part in the DRT's humanitarian work. Fifteen team members are present at any time during the deployment. They usually work with local DHL employees and additional helpers in 12-hour shifts.

Teams are equipped for rapid deployment and bring necessary basic equipment. This includes necessary IT and communication technology, office supplies and start-up operational supplies.

DHL's global DRT network comprises three teams assigned to a specific geographic region. One team is stationed in Singapore for Asia Pacific operations. The DRT Americas in South Florida provides services to the Latin America and Caribbean regions, while the Dubai-based team covers the Middle East and Africa.

To activate the DRT, please contact OCHA Logistics Support at lsu@un.org