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UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

About UNHCR

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives.

 

 

Working for UNHCR

UNHCR's staff are the backbone of the organization and about 89 percent of them are based in the field. UNHCR staff provides live-saving aid and protection every day for millions of uprooted and stateless people around the world. This is something that UNHCR staff takes great pride of, despite the many hardships they face while working in deep field operations, at times close to or within conflict areas. Their greatest reward is to know that their work has a major positive impact and brings hope to people uprooted by conflict and persecution.

At the beginning of 2015, there were over 9,300 members of staff, including a combined total of 1,050 in UNHCR's Geneva headquarters and the Global Service Centre in Budapest. The numbers break down into 6,854 national staff and 2,476 international staff.

UNHCR work in 125 countries, with staff based in a mixture of 109 regional and branch offices, and 341 sub and field offices. Their staff work in a wide range of disciplines, including protection (legal), administration, community services, public affairs, logistics, health and gender. The largest concentration of field staff is in Kenya (477), followed by Jordan (445), Ethiopia (413), Iraq (373) and South Sudan (364).


UNHCR language requirements

As a highly mobile Organization operating in more than 100 countries, UNHCR is deeply committed to the principle of multilingualism and requires its international professional staff, upon recruitment, to demonstrate competence in at least two official UN languages. Therefore, candidates aspiring to join the international professional category must be able to demonstrate, at a minimum, proficiency at an advanced level (C1 or above) in English as the main UN language and depending on the position, duty station and grade level, a second official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian) with proficiency at B2 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) may be required.

A certificate is not required in respect of a UN language that is the mother tongue of the candidate. Otherwise, certification is obligatory.

UNHCR recommends that you carefully review the language requirements of the Job Opening you wish to apply for and note that excellent knowledge of a language requires proficiency at an advanced level (C1 or above) whereas for working knowledge proficiency needs to be demonstrated at an intermediate level (B2 or above).

Find the list of certificates recognized by UNHCR to prove language proficiency at C1 and B2 levels here.

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Current jobs

Snr Inter-Agency Coord Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Panama (Panama)
Snr Inter-Agency Coord Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Lima (Peru)
Snr Communications Coordinator
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Panama (Panama)
Snr Admin/Finance Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Bogotá (Colombia)
Regional HR Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Panama (Panama)
Programme Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Cucuta (Colombia)
Programme Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Bogotá (Colombia)
Information Management Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Quito (Ecuador)
Human Resources Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Bogotá (Colombia)
Head of Field Office
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Barranquilla (Colombia)
Head of Field Office
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Boa Vista (Brazil)
Assc Supply Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Brasilia (Brazil)
Assc Field Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-18
Medellín (Colombia)
Representative
D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Seoul (Korea (Republic of))
Internship - Office of the Staff Council in Geneva, Switzerland
Internship
Closes soon: 2018-12-17
Geneva (Switzerland)
Internship - Policy and Legal Unit, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Geneva
Internship
Closes soon: 2018-12-17
Geneva (Switzerland)
Vulnerability Assessment Framework (VAF) / Refugee Assistance Information System (RAIS) Coordinator
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Amman (Jordan)
Staff Welfare Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
nairobi (rsc)
Staff Development Officer (Community - Based Protection)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Budapest (Hungary)
Senior Staff Development Officer (MLC)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Budapest (Hungary)
Senior Public Health Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
N'Djamena (Chad)
Senior Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) Officer (Italy)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Rome (Italy)
Senior Global Protection Cluster Coordinator
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Field Coordinator
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Damascus (Syria)
Senior External Relations Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Beijing (China)
Senior Durable Solutions Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
San Jose (Costa Rica)
Senior Development Officer (Socio-Economic)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Senior Coordinator (Inter-Agency)
D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
Senior Cluster Coordinator (Shelter/NFI)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Gaziantep (Turkey)
Senior Energy Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Cash-Based Interventions (CBI) Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
Registration Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Gore (Chad)
Registration Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Adjumani / Pakelle (Uganda)
Regional Legal Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Protection/Legal Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Protection Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Erbil (Iraq)
Protection Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Nouakchott (Mauritania)
Protection Officer (Child Protection)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Gore (Chad)
Project Control Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Baghdad (Iraq)
Project Control Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Qamishli
Project Control Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Abuja (Nigeria)
Programme Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Sanaa (Yemen)
Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) Officer (Asia & Pacific)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Bangkok (Thailand)
Private Sector Partnership (PSP) Officer - Partnership Support
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Head of Unit (Oversight Operations)
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Geneva (Switzerland)
Head of Sub-Office
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Qamishli
Head of HR Staff Services
D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Budapest (Hungary)
Head of Unit (Affiliate Partnerships)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Budapest (Hungary)
Field Security Adviser
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Qamishli
Field Security Adviser
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Bassikounou (Mauritania)
Field Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Mosul (Iraq)
Field Officer (Protection)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Chad (Chad)
Deputy Director (Partnerships, Strategy & Analytics)
D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Geneva (Switzerland)
Corporate Relations Officer (PPH)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Communication/Public Information Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Sanaa (Yemen)
Chief of Section (Civil Society)
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Geneva (Switzerland)
Assistant Representative (Protection)
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Damascus (Syria)
Associate Project Control Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Erbil (Iraq)
Associate ICT Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Adjumani / Pakelle (Uganda)
Associate Programme / Reporting Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Sanaa (Yemen)
Associate Video Editor Private Sector Partnerships (PSP)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Associate RSD Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Tripoli (Libya)
Associate Protection Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Dohuk (Iraq)
Associate Protection Officer (Community-Based)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Aleppo (Syria)
Associate Nutrition and Food Security Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Gore (Chad)
Associate Durable Solutions Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Jakarta (Indonesia)
Associate Administrative / Finance Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Erbil (Iraq)
Archivist (Digital Preservation)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Geneva (Switzerland)
Admin/Finance Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Homs (Syria)
Admin/Finance Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-12-16
Qamishli
Profile Private Sector Partnerships Officer (Leadership Giving)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-31
Various Locations (Various)
Profile Private Sector Partnerships Officer (Individual Giving)
Level not specified
Closes: 2018-12-31
Various Locations (Various)
Profile Fleet and Asset Manager
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-31
Multiple locations (Various)
Internship Profile
Internship
Closes: 2018-12-31
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile RSD Officer (P2, P3, P4)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Reporting Officer Profile
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile WASH Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Web Editor/Writer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Social Media Officer Profile
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Communications Officer (Field)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Communication Officer (Global)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile  Shelter Cluster Coordinator
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Operations Data Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Information Management Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile ICT Officer (Infra)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Non-specific Profile
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Environmental (Emergency) Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Livelihoods Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Cash-Based Interventions Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Human Resources Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Project Control Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile CCCM Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Registration Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Admin/Finance Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Protection Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Shelter Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Field Safety Advisor
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Programme Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Physical Site Planner
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)
Profile Supply Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2018-12-30
Multiple locations (Various)