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Refugee Coordination Model (RCM)

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Key points
  • UNHCR's is accountable for coordinating refugee responses as follows:

    1. Preparedness. It makes sure that joint risk analyses are prepared and that, where necessary, joint preparedness plans and actions are completed.

    2. Protection strategy. It guides the development of a comprehensive refugee response, drawing on the contributions of partners.

    3. Resource mobilization. It coordinates immediate and ongoing inter-agency funding appeals. It seeks support from pledges made at the Global Refugee Forum and other relevant fundraising fora.

    4. Sectoral set up:
    a. It determines whether current Government-led or interagency coordination mechanisms (including clusters) can be adapted to address the needs arising from refugee influx, in accordance with UNHCR's accountabilities.
  • b. Where necessary, it establishes sectoral coordination mechanisms, with government counterparts where possible, to lead sector-specific needs assessments, planning, monitoring, reporting, and information management, within and across sectors, at national and sub-national level.
  • c. It leads the refugee protection working group; ensures protection concerns are reflected in the work of other sectors; and ensures that refugees and host communities participate in a manner that is sensitive to age, gender and diversity.
  • d. It ensures that other sectors and their leaderships, including leads from other agencies, have appropriate expertise, experience and operational capacity.
  • e. Being accountable for the quality of the refugee response, the UNHCR Representative maintains a direct line to the Government on refugee issues.
  • 5. Coordination forum. Where appropriate, it establishes a national coordination forum, if possible co-chaired by the Government, to support the overall refugee response.

    6. Information management. It builds or strengthens information management, including through contributions by other agencies.

    7. Information sharing. It ensures that information is shared regularly with the RC and UNCT; updates and ensures coordination with the HC and HCT (where they operate); and shares information regularly with donors.

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