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 either one of the two working languages of UNHCR (English and French) as well as knowledge of a second official UN language at an intermediate level (B2 or above).

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 Ext Rel Off (GWA)
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
New York City
Comm/PI Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Yaoundé
Controller and Director
D-2, Director
Closes: 2017-08-15
Geneva
WASH Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Kinshasa
WASH Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Addis Ababa
Supply Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Qamishly
Supply Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Islamabad
Staff Welfare Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Nairobi
Snr Repat Officer
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Damascus
Snr Reg Prot Officer(SGBV)
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Nairobi
Snr Reg Project Control Off
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Kinshasa
Snr Reg Dur Sols Officer
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Kinshasa
Snr Prot Officer
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Aleppo
Snr Prot Officer
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Mogadishu
Snr Prog Officer
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Mexico City
Snr Prog Officer
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Bangui
Snr PSP Off (New Busnss, LG)
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Copenhagen
Snr Oversight Off (OverstOps)
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Geneva
Snr Learning Sols Officer(Tech
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Budapest
Snr Info Mgt Off
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
San José
Snr Fin Off (Partnership Fin)
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Budapest
Snr Ext Rel Off (GWA)
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
London
Snr Ext Rel Off (GWA)
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
London
Snr Business Analyst (D R)
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Geneva
Snr Budget Advisor
P-5, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Geneva
Senior Development Adviser
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Kyiv
Representative
D-1, Director
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Caracas
Regional Prog/Integration Off
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Stockholm
Reg Info Mgt Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Maroua
Public Health Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Dollo Ado
Prot Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Damascus
Prot Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Jalalabad
Prot Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Damascus
Prot Officer (Comm Based)
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Dhobley
Prot Off (Cluster Support)
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Goma
Prog Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Homs
Prog Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Bamako
Prog Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Maungdaw
PSP Off (New Business Dev LG)
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Copenhagen
Livelihoods Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Gbadolite
Investigation Specialist
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Nairobi
Info Mgmt Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Khartoum
Info Mgmt Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Damascus
Info Mgmt Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Kibondo
ICT Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Kakuma
Head of Unit (Gen Ledger Acct)
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Budapest
Head of Sub-Office
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Mogadishu
Head of Sub-Office
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Guiglo
Head of Service (StrtOversight)
D-1, Director
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Geneva
Head of Innovation Service
D-1, Director
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Geneva
Head of Field Office
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Yola
Head of Field Office
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Khowst
Head of Field Office
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Guasdualito
Head of Field Office
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Aarhus
Head of Field Office
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Muyinga
Head of Field Office
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Tenosique
HR Off (Eligib & Assignments)
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Geneva
Financial Reporting Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Geneva
Field Safety Adviser
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Dungu
Field Safety Adviser
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Bangui
Field Safety Adviser
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Kakuma
Field Safety Adviser
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Cairo
External Rel Of (Partnership)
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Riyadh
Energy Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Dollo Ado
Dur Sol Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Mogadishu
Dur Sol Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Goma
Dep Director
D-1, Director
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Geneva
Cluster Coordinator (PRT)
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Mogadishu
Cash-Based Interventions Off
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Cairo
Business Intelligence Analyst
P-4, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Geneva
Asst Representative (Prog)
P-5, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Damascus
Asst Representative (Admin)
P-5, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Kabul
Associate Project Ctrl Officer
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Arua
Associate ICT Officer
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Bangui
Assc Resource Mgmt Off (EO)
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Geneva
Assc Protection Officer
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Goré
Assc Protection Officer
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Baga Sola
Assc Prog Officer
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Santo Domingo
Assc PSP Off (Analys&Research)
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Copenhagen
Assc HR Officer
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Abuja
Assc Admin/Finance Officer
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Dundo
Assc Admin/Finance Officer
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Farchana
Asc Info Mgt Off
P-2, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Bangui
Admin/Prog Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Monrovia
Admin/Prog Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Bor
Admin/Finance Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Goma
Admin/Finance Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Gbadolite
(Re)Int Officer
P-3, International Professional
Closes soon: 2017-08-03
Maiduguri
Association Protection Officer
P-2, International Professional
Closes: 2017-08-04
Islamabad
Associate Protection Officer
P-2, International Professional
Closes: 2017-08-04
El Fasher
Profile Web Editor/Writer
Level not specified
Closes: 2017-12-30
Profile Social Media Officer
Mid/Senior
Closes: 2017-12-30
Profile Communications Officer (Field)
Mid/Senior
Closes: 2017-12-30
Profile Communication Officer (Global)
Mid/Senior
Closes: 2017-12-30
Profile  Shelter Cluster Coordinator
Level not specified
Closes: 2017-12-31
Profile Operations Data Officer
Mid/Senior
Closes: 2017-12-31
Profile Information Management Officer
Mid/Senior
Closes: 2017-12-31
Profile ICT Officer (Infra)
Mid/Senior
Closes: 2017-12-31
Non-specific Profile
Level not specified
Closes: 2017-12-31
Profile Environmental (Emergency) Officer
Mid/Senior
Closes: 2017-12-31