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UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR - Working together to build better futures for people forced to flee

About UNHCR

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.

Since 1950, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has been taking the lead in protecting people forced to flee wars and persecution around the world, providing life-saving aid including shelter, food and water to ensure their basic safety, rights and dignity.

With 16,803 women and men working in 134​ countries, UNHCR works tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of 70.8 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

Our dedicated and professional staff work around the clock in roles including legal protection, community services, public affairs, health and more. Despite the challenges they can face, our staff are proud to work for UNHCR and determined to make a positive impact.

 

 

 

Why work for UNHCR?

The needs of people forced to flee are at the heart of everything we do. We are working together with refugees to help them restart their lives and build a better future. We are mandated to deliver the best possible outcome in an environment where staff members are empowered and can grow both professionally and personally. Joining UNHCR means living, sharing and promoting the organization’s core values relating to inclusion, diversity and gender equality.

We offer careers, not just jobs, and take pride in going the extra mile to serve our people in need. Every day, our staff use their skills to find innovative, long-lasting solutions that better support the people we serve. UNHCR offers a variety of local and international short-term and fixed-term contracts through which you can make a positive difference to refugees’ lives, whether you want to work at a field location or at our Headquarters in Geneva. 

UNHCR’s workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, and opinions. We seek to sustain and strengthen this diversity and to ensure equal opportunities, as well as an inclusive working environment, for our entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on the grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We work with skilled professionals who are committed to put people first, make a real difference in people’s lives and are willing to go anywhere we are needed to get the job done.


What UNHCR is looking for in a candidate:

  • Passion for humanitarian work
  • At least an undergraduate degree from a UNESCO accredited institution (international staff)
  • Successful completion of secondary education (general/field service)
  • Relevant work experience and skills
  • Proficiency in English and working knowledge of another UN language may be required
  • Ability to work in diverse teams
  • Willingness to serve in hardship locations/rotate from one duty station to another

How to apply to an International position at UNHCR

If you want UNHCR specific advice on how to apply for an International position, please have a look at the below video, you can also find more information here

 

 Meet our people

Learn more about the different profiles of UNHCR staff around the world here.


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You will find all UNHCR positions at Impactpool, update your Impactpool profile to stay alerted when UNHCR jobs are posted. Find information on how to apply in the job advertisements. When sending your application, please indicate that you found the opportunity at Impactpool.org.

Current jobs

Senior Protection Assistant
GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes: 2019-12-03
Geneva (Switzerland)
External Relations Associate
GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes: 2019-12-03
Bern (Switzerland)
Associate Resetlement  & Complementary Pathways Officer
Level not specified
Closes: 2019-12-08
San Salvador (El Salvador)
Senior Field Assistant (2 positions - TA - Istanbul)
Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
Closes soon: 2019-11-18
Istanbul (Turkey)
Associate Resettlement Officer
Level not specified
Closes: 2019-12-08
Nairobi (Kenya)
Associate RSD Officer
Level not specified
Closes: 2019-12-08
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Associate Protection Officer
Level not specified
Closes: 2019-12-08
Ruyigi (Burundi)
Associate Protection Officer
Level not specified
Closes: 2019-12-08
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Associate Protection Officer (Community-Based)
Level not specified
Closes: 2019-12-08
Amman (Jordan)
Senior Executive Support Assistant
GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes: 2019-11-24
Geneva (Switzerland)
Partnership Associate
GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes: 2019-11-24
Geneva (Switzerland)
HR Assistant - Assignments Committee (AC) Secretariat
GS-4, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes: 2019-11-24
Geneva (Switzerland)
Administrative Associate
GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes: 2019-11-24
Geneva (Switzerland)
Administrative Assistant - Administration of Justice
GS-4, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes: 2019-11-24
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Medical Admin Assistant/Nurse
GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes: 2019-12-01
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Medical Admin Assistant/Nurse
GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes: 2019-12-01
Geneva (Switzerland)
Internship - Strategic Communications in Global Communications Service, Geneva
Internship
Closes: 2019-11-22
Geneva (Switzerland)
Snr SGBV Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes soon: 2019-11-18
Geneva (Switzerland)
Senior Field Assistant (2 positions-Temporary Appointment)
Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
Closes soon: 2019-11-18
Senior Field Assistant (2 positions-Temporary Appointment)
Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
Closes soon: 2019-11-18
Senior Finance Assistant (AP/AR) - (Temporary Appointment)
Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
Closes soon: 2019-11-14
Budapest (Hungary)
Senior Supply Assistant
GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes: 2019-11-21
Budapest (Hungary)
Associate Field Officer
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2019-11-15
İzmir (Turkey)
Snr Supply Assistant
GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes soon: 2019-11-18
Amman (Jordan)
Snr HR Associate
GS-7, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes soon: 2019-11-18
Amman (Jordan)
Finance Associate
GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
Closes soon: 2019-11-18
Amman (Jordan)
Internship - Staff Council
Internship
Closes soon: 2019-11-14
Geneva (Switzerland)
Profile - Economist Officer
Level not specified
Closes: 2019-12-31
Senior Risk Management and Compliance Advisor Profile (P5 - D1)
Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes: 2019-12-31
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Private Sector Partnerships Officer (Leadership Giving)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-31
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Private Sector Partnerships Officer (Individual Giving)
Level not specified
Closes: 2019-12-31
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Fleet and Asset Manager
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-31
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Internship Profile
Internship
Closes: 2019-12-31
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile RSD Officer (P2, P3, P4)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Reporting Officer Profile
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile WASH Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Web Editor/Writer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Social Media Officer Profile
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Communications Officer (Field)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Communication Officer (Global)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile  Shelter Cluster Coordinator
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Operations Data Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Information Management Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile ICT Officer (Infra)
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Non-specific Profile
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Environmental (Emergency) Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Livelihoods Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Cash-Based Interventions Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Human Resources Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Project Control Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile CCCM Officer
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Registration Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Admin/Finance Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Protection Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Shelter Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Field Safety Advisor
P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Programme Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Physical Site Planner
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Profile Supply Officer
P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
Closes: 2019-12-30
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)