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 the 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
Interested in joining UNHCR?
With so many great roles and such an important job to do, the UNHCR can offer a career that will truly make a difference.
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 honoured.
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.
Due to ongoing conflicts and new emergencies, UNHCR – The UN Regugee Agency is faced with an unprecedented number of displaced people. Seeking to improve the diversity of its workforce, UNHCR is reaching out to women who are seeking not only a fulfilling and rewarding career, but who really want to use their skills to help those in need.
Women enjoy impressive careers at UNHCR
Many talented women work for UNHCR in a wide variety of roles. Overall 80 per cent of UNHCR’s employees work in the field and these are challenging, yet very rewarding, roles.
Hear what some of UNHCR’s impressive female talent say about working at UNHCR.
“UNHCR supports your career path through internal and external training opportunities so employees can stay in a specialist function role or move into management positions. There’s a lot of support and encouragement for women at UNHCR,” explains Julie Dunphy, Senior Policy and Liaison Officer (Division of Emergency, Security and Supply) in Geneva.
“A key priority for the Division of Human Resources is to attract women and men into the organisation who bring a diversity in experience, language, nationality and skills – and in so doing, UNHCR will make every effort to also close gender gaps, comments” Karen Farkas, Director of Human Resources Management.
“With very little we can make a big difference,” says Millicent Mutuli, Deputy Director Africa Bureau in Geneva.
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