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Learning and Knowledge Exchange


Capturing insights from field missions and assignments

The Debrief is an interview method for efficiently capturing key lessons from staff returning from field missions or at the end of an assignment. Currently used in UNICEF's Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS), the Debrief is a voluntary exercise in which the interviewee is given an opportunity to reflect on their experiences during the mission/assignment, and share their thoughts on the work done and the challenges and opportunities that arose. It is a confidential process that allows people to share their views without repercussions.


  • Interviewer (with excellent communication skills)
  • Set of 4-6 relevant guiding questions
  • 60 minutes

Download the full module on the Debrief (PDF), including when and why to use, how to apply, tips for success, variations, and references. 



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