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Careers at UNHCR

At UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, our dedicated staff take the lead in protecting and advocating for people forced to flee wars and persecution around the world.

We are looking for talented, motivated and passionate individuals to join our team.

UNHCR employs 20,305 people in 136​ countries.

Our dedicated and passionate team work around the clock in a variety of roles including legal protection, community services, public affairs, health and more.

They lead international action to protect displaced people, deliver life-saving assistance, safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place called home where they can build a better future. 

We are always on the lookout for talented, motivated and passionate staff to join our team. 

See current UNHCR vacancies

Please note: 

If you are a former UNHCR staff member (locally recruited or international) who held a fixed-term or indefinite appointment (within 2 years for males and 5 years for females) and wish to apply to regular positions in your previous staff category, please reach out to our help desk at [email protected] for guidance on available vacancies and the application process.

How to find roles and apply 

Almost all vacancies are advertised on the UNHCR online recruitment platform, and new opportunities are regularly added.

See our Application and selection page to learn more about how to apply, the recruitment process and tips from our HR team on your application. 

Junior Professional Officer and United Nations Volunteers roles are advertised outside of this system. See the relevant page for more information on these positions.

Subscribe to our Talent Outreach Newsletter to receive the latest information about career opportunities with UNHCR.
Please note: UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing or training). Read about how to avoid scams and fraudulent job offers.

Who we are looking for

We operate in challenging, volatile and even dangerous contexts, assisting and protecting people making extraordinary efforts to survive. As a front-line organization at the ready in emergencies, we need colleagues who:

  • are passionate about our mission and inspire others with their dedication and work ethic
  • are willing to serve in hardship locations and emergency operations
  • are professionals with high integrity who can respond to the needs of people forced to flee across the globe in a responsible and reliable manner
  • thrive in a diverse and multicultural work environment
  • bring innovative ideas, skills and solutions to help save lives and build a better future for people forced to flee
  • are results-oriented, flexible and determined to make a difference
  • have at least an undergraduate degree from a UNESCO accredited institution (international staff)
  • have successfully completed their secondary education (general/field service)
  • bring relevant work experience and skills
  • are proficient in English (working knowledge of another UN language may be required).

Commitment to diversity and inclusion

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. Joining us means living, sharing and promoting these core values of inclusion, diversity and gender equality.

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.

Disability inclusion

If you are a person with a disability and you expect you may face challenges during the recruitment process, you can indicate it in your application form in our recruitment platform.

There are options to select any health conditions you may have and outline any necessary adjustments related to disabilities during the recruitment phases. Providing this information is optional. It will be treated as strictly confidential and used only for the purpose of finding out how to better assist you during the recruitment process.

Adjustments for candidates with disabilities will be provided as best as possible and as needed upon request. 

All candidates will be assessed based on meeting the requirements for each vacancy in relation to experience, skills, and education.

Further resources

A group of UNHCR staff members walk inside a white emergency tent.
Learn more about the types of contracts UNHCR offers.
Two UNHCR staff consult documents at a port in Greece.
Read advice from our HR team on how to apply for a role with UNHCR, what to expect in the recruitment process and their top tips on your application.
Rose, a UNHCR driver, smiles for the camera as she stands in front of the Landcruiser she drives.
Learn more about UNHCR’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and gender equity.
A woman in a UNHCR vest and a headscarf walks through the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Hear from some of our dedicated staff who work around the world as drivers, supply officers, protection workers and more.

Sign up for updates 

Subscribe to the UNHCR e-newsletter to stay up to date with our work and read front-line stories from current staff and the people we help protect.