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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 RSD Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Amman (Jordan)
Internship  - Divison of Protection in Geneva
Internship
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Supply Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Bangui (Central African Republic)
Supply Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Bujumbura (Burundi)
Supply Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Abuja (Nigeria)
Supply Officer (Asset Management)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Budapest (Hungary)
Solutions Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Erbil (Iraq)
Snr Talent Devel & Perform Off
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Budapest (Hungary)
Senior Service Delivery Management Officer (HQs) 
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Snr Serv Del Mgmt Off(ICTFSup)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Risk Management and Compliance Advisor
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
Senior Risk Management and Compliance Advisor
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Beirut (Lebanon)
Snr Risk Mgmt & Compliance Adv
D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)
Senior Regional Public Health Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Dakar (Senegal)
Senior Regional Legal Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Stockholm (Sweden)
Senior Regional Development Advisor
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Bangkok (Thailand)
Senior Regional Registration Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Dakar (Senegal)
Senior Regional Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
San Jose (Philippines)
Senior Regional Protection Officer (Statelessness)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
San Jose (Philippines)
Senior Regional Livelihoods Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Pretoria (South Africa)
Snr Reg IT Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Pretoria (South Africa)
Senior Regional Finance Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Dakar (Senegal)
Senior Regional Field Security Adviser
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)
Senior Regional External Relations Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)
Senior Regional Communication / PI Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
Senior Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Advisor (Exclusion)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Public Health Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Protection Cluster Coordinator
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Sanaa (Yemen)
Senior Protection Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Juba (South Sudan)
Snr Prot Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Yaounde (Cameroon)
Snr Prot Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Bunj (South Sudan)
Senior Protection Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Kakuma (Kenya)
Senior Protection Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Adjumani / Pakelle (Uganda)
Senior Protection Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Luanda (Angola)
Snr Prot Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
El Fasher (Sudan)
Snr Prot Officer (SGBV-SftS)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Budapest (Hungary)
Snr Prog Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Gambella
Snr Prog Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Dadaab (Kenya)
Senior Programme Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Damascus (Syria)
Snr Prog Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Juba (South Sudan)
Senior Programme Officer (Assistance Targeting)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Snr Policy Coord Off (Fin&Adm)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Legal Officer (Protection & National Security)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Investigation Specialist
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Nairobi (Kenya)
Senior Investigation Specialist  (Intake Assessment)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Information Management Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Amman (Jordan)
Snr Info Mgmt Off (Fld Supprt)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
copenhagen (hq)
Snr ICT Off (Sol Eng-Field Pla & EUD)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
ammanict service centre
Senior HIV and Reproductive Health Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Snr Finance Off (FSSR)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Budapest (Hungary)
Senior External Relations Officer (DRRM)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Ankara (Turkey)
Snr Ext Rel Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Seoul (Korea (Republic of))
Senior External Relations Officer (Sports Coordination)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Snr English Editor
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Education Officer (Emergencies)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Snr Development Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Kigali (Rwanda)
Snr Comms Officer(HQ)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Cluster Coordination Officer (Shelter)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Damascus (Syria)
Senior Cluster Coordination Officer (Protection)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Kabul (Afghanistan)
Senior Cluster Coordination Officer (Protection)
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)
Senior Cluster Coordinator (Shelter / NFI / CCCM)
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Sanaa (Yemen)
Senior Administrative / Finance Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Cairo (Egypt)
Senior Administrative/Finance Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Baghdad (Iraq)
Snr Admin/Finance Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Sanaa (Yemen)
Snr Admin/Finance Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Senior Livelihood Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Senior Field Security Adviser
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Bangkok (Thailand)
Senior Field Security Adviser
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
N'Djamena (Chad)
Senior Field Security Adviser
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Tripoli (Libya)
Senior Field Security Adviser
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
Senior ERM Coordinator
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Sen Reg Inf Mgt Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Dakar (Senegal)
Resett Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Damascus (Syria)
Representative
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Luanda (Angola)
Representative
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Madrid (Mexico)
Reporting Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Baghdad (Iraq)
Regst Officer (Data Migration)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
copenhagen (hq)
Registration Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Arua (Uganda)
Registration Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Bertoua (Cameroon)
Reg Cash-Based Intervent Off
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)
RSD Officer (Exclusion)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Damascus (Syria)
Public Relations Off
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Protection Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Protection Officer (Child)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Damascus (Syria)
Prot Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Baghdad (Iraq)
Prot Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Dollo Ado (Ethiopia)
Prot Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Juba (South Sudan)
Prot Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Dohuk (Iraq)
Prot Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Tripoli (Libya)
Prot Officer (Comm Based)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Dadaab (Kenya)
Project Control Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
N'Djamena (Chad)
Project Control Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Luanda (Angola)
Prog Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Gambella
Prog Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Luanda (Angola)
Programme Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Kabul (Afghanistan)
Prog Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
mogadishu (so)
Ops Data Mgt Off
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
N'Djamena (Chad)
Legal Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Paris (France)
Legal Off (Admin of Justice)
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
nairobi (rsc)
Land and Buildings Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2018-10-18
Budapest (Hungary)