|Commodity Distribution, A Practical Guide for Field Staff (United Nations High Commission for Refugee, 1997, 77 p.)|
|II. GETTING STARTED|
Distribution of food and non-food assistance is a UNHCR responsibility
UNHCR normally discharges this responsibility through an implementing partner. To select implementing partners you must have the information which can guide you in that process5. For general food distribution, the designation of the agency should be jointly agreed by UNHCR and WFP. The responsibilities of this agency should be set out in a short tripartite agreement UNHCR/WFP/Implementing Partner, separate from any UNHCR implementing partner sub-agreement.
5 See UNHCR Manual Chapter 4, Section 5.1 for more on Implementing Partner selection.
Information needed for the selection of a distribution
¨ Their past experience in relief operations, especially in refugee/returnee/IDPs situations, and distribution.
¨ Their previous experience in the country or location of operation.
¨ Their capacity to contribute their own resources to the programme.
¨ The acceptability of the agency by the host government.
¨ Their readiness and ability to respect UNHCR's policies, and in particular their ability to incorporate the needs of women into their distribution project implementation.
¨ Their time frame for mobilisation, especially in an emergency situation.