1. The Framework Agreement on Operational Partnership (FAOP) recognises the importance of the contribution of all agencies cooperating with refugees, as well as the need for a strong partnership between the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in refugee operations to ensure effective protection and support measures are in place. For a simple reference, this agreement uses “refugees” to describe all persons concerning UNHCR. 2. The Partnership in Action (PARinAC) process culminated in the 1994 Oslo Declaration and Action Plan between UNHCR and the NGOs themselves and set out a framework for joint humanitarian action for refugees. This Framework Operational Partnership Agreement (FAOP) is a follow-up and an integral part of the VIP-IN process. On the basis of the Oslo Declaration and Action Plan, FAOP discusses the need for a common approach to refugee protection and assistance. Across FAOP, the word “partner” is used to refer to UNHCR and NGOs, and refers to both parts of the partnership. 23.
This agreement reflects a broad framework in which partners will work. However, the partners agree that, for the implementation of this agreement, it is important that there be local agreements at the operational level that reflect the reality of individual operations. These local operational agreements should address issues described in Sections IV (Consultations and Cooperation) V (Coordinated Assessment, Planning and Implementation) and VI (Effective Use of Resources). This does not exclude the partners from reaching agreements on other issues specific to an individual operation that will enhance the effectiveness of a common response to a refugee situation.  The Sphere Project – Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, www.sphereproject.org. The Sphere project is a programme of the Humanitarian Response Steering Committee (SCHR) and InterAction with VOICE, the ICRC and ICVA. 11. The partners will work together to define the mechanisms necessary to reach agreement on specific guidelines and standards necessary for a specific refugee operation. This may include the creation of one or more sector committees to ensure that operational standards meet and are met by international standards and standards.
The spherical project: humanitarian charter and minimum standards can serve as guidelines for the definition of appropriate guidelines and standards. 24. This agreement does not affect UNHCR`s relationship with its executive committee or the office of the UN Secretary-General, nor does it affect the contractual relationship between UNHCR and an implementation partner. 14. When more than one NGO performs similar tasks in an operation at identical or adjacent sites, these agencies agree, in a Memorandum of Understanding (including UNHCR and, where appropriate, a government authority), to coordinate and decide mechanisms in place to ensure compatible programmes and appropriate standards.