Talent Pools

Application Process

There are two ways to enter a talent pool:

  1. Applying for a specific talent pool profile (functional profile) based on the candidate’s skills and expertise as listed below. See ‘Areas of Expertise’ section to access all currently available talent pool profiles.
  2. Applying for a particular position (please refer to further information under the heading ‘international professional’). If not selected for the regular vacancy following a recruitment process, you may still be recommended for inclusion in a corresponding talent pool.

Areas of Expertise

Job requirements differ among grades and functions. Please click on the below job descriptions to learn more about the profile you would like to be considered for:

Eligibility

As positions may be at different grade levels, the eligibility requirements vary and are explained in detail above. However, the essential minimum requirements for applicants to the talent pools are as follows:

  • At least an undergraduate degree (equivalent to a BA/BS) from a UNESCO accredited university;
  • Relevant working experience in the respective area of expertise;
  • Proficiency in English is an essential requirement.

Depending on the duty station, a second UN language with proficiency at B2 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) may be required. The majority of positions filled through the talent pools are expected to be in non-family and/or hardship locations. The location of duty will be determined by UNHCR.

Selection process

As part of this profile-based recruitment exercise, all candidates undergo a comprehensive selection process, which includes basic eligibility screening, followed by various assessments (language and functional assessment, as appropriate) and finally, candidates are sent for grading. Candidates who pass these assessments will eventually be part of the final talent pool and will be contacted by a recruiter according to the needs of UNHCR to fill positions. Please note that being in the Final Pool does not mean that you will be hired by UNHCR. This actually means that you are part of the candidates who could be proposed to the Hiring Managers to fill positions and they will take the final decision after a comprehensive review.

Interested in joining us?

Whether you are an experienced professional or a recent graduate, UNHCR provides opportunities to take your career to the next level while building a better future for refugees.

Interested in joining us, but not sure where to start? Please see our current career opportunities.