The common pipeline, managed by IOM, procures, transports, and stores stock in logistic hubs throughout South Sudan. It also moves stock to partner warehouses for immediate responses or pre-positioning in secure locations (e.g. UNMISS bases). The Cluster transport the materials by road in the dry season, particularly for shelter materials, and continues to advocate for transport funding in order to move further stock to key hubs and field locations.
The Cluster has reduced its pipeline costs by limiting common pipeline procurement to one agency, keeping a smaller stock of critical items that are not requested as frequently by partners (e.g. kangas), and reducing items available to those that are unique to the Cluster, or in which the Cluster has a comparative advantage (i.e. removing WASH items), while simultaneously maintaining the flexibility to add items should the need arise. Items available through the pipeline include:
IOM, as the Cluster lead, signs Partnership Agreements with organisations that access the pipeline for storage and distribution. Partners manage the field warehouses and handle transportion from the warehouses to the response site. When responding, partners are required to submit assessments, distribution lists and distribution narrative reports in standard cluster format for tracking and accountability.
While some partners outside the cluster system procure their own NFI stock, the Cluster encourages enagement with pipeline to ensure uniform and coordinated responses across the country, as well as economy of scale in procurement.