Why work for UNHCR?
UNHCR employs 11,000 staff from all over the world, mostly working in field locations where refugees and internally displaced people need our help most. They have a wide range of skills. Our staff provides live-saving aid and protection every day for millions of uprooted and stateless people around the world.
This is something that our 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. Our greatest reward is to know that our work has a major positive impact and brings hope to people uprooted by conflict and persecution.
In accordance with the recently released strategy by the Secretary-General on achieving gender parity before 2030, UNHCR has put measures in place to attain this goal. UNHCR encourages qualified women to apply to international vacancies and functional profiles in the talent pool which can be found on the careers website: http://www.unhcr.org/careers.html
In accordance with the recently released strategy by the Secretary-General on achieving gender parity before 2030, UNHCR has put measures in place to attain this goal. UNHCR encourages qualified women to apply to international vacancies and functional profiles in the talent pool which can be found on the careers website:https://www.unhcr.org/careers.htmlink.
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.
- Global Appeal 2017 Update
- Global Report 2015
- Key Facts and Figures about Refugees
- UNHCR Statistics Database
- UNHCR Who we are (French version)
- UNHCR Map Portal
Around the World in Many Ways
UNHCR staff operate in some 126 countries around the world, from major capitals to remote, difficult locations where our field staff are directly helping the most vulnerable victims of displacement. We maintain offices in donor countries worldwide and wherever refugees are arriving, working closely with governments to ensure the 1951 Refugee Convention is honored.
Staff at the Geneva headquarters now number just over 9 per cent of our total, a declining portion as UNHCR moves to decentralize and get closer to the people we assist. Geneva, along with our Global Service Centre in Budapest, Hungary, provides support for the rest of UNHCR, including key administrative functions. But about 85 percent of staff are in the field.
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