Roles and Responsibilities

© UNICEF/NYHQ2009-0042/Iyad El Baba
Children walk amidst destroyed buildings in the refugee camp in the southern city of Rafah, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a few days after a ceasefire was declared following the recent military incursion into the Gaza Strip.


  • Understand how different agencies/organisations perceive their role in respect of MRM
  • Enhance understanding between agencies/organisations
  • Enhance agencies/organisations capacity for working together
Participants MRM Staff
Session Interactive presentations and discussion
Time required 60 minutes
Venue requirements Main training room
Equipment Flip charts and markers
Resource person(s) 1 person to coordinate the session, with good facilitation and mediation skills
Training materials - DPKO Child Protection Policy [PDF] (if in a country with an integrated UN Mission).
- Other agencies'/organisations' policies if they exist
Documents for participants
Access to materials Training materials are included in Folder Module 16: Roles and Responsibilities

Pre-session preparation

Identify one person from each of UN Mission, UN agency and NGO present at the training. Request them to prepare a 5-minute briefing to the plenary on their organisations role & responsibilities towards children and armed conflict and specifically with MRM.

Session Sequence

  1. Presentations and discussion (45 minutes)

    UN Mission / UN Agency / Organisation representatives (briefed previously) to provide a brief overview of the roles and responsibilities of their organisation; in terms of children and armed conflict in general, and with MRM in particular.

    Each presenter to take some questions to clarify but not get into a detailed discussion.

  2. Plenary discussion (15 minutes)

    During the first part of the session the facilitator should note down on the flip chart key areas of responsibility.

    Some possible areas for discussion include:

    • Highlight areas of activity that overlap between organisations and ask if it works or are there any problems with the overlap.
    • Can you spot any gaps in the implementation in terms of UN / NGO responsibility? How can we address these gaps?
    • How do we ensure cohesive working and avoid 'competition'?
    • Is the in-country structure and leadership on MRM clear?

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