UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, takes 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 18,879 women and men working in 137 countries, we work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of 89.3 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.
Important notice regarding our Careers page and applying for positions with UNHCR:
On 10 October 2022 UNHCR will introduce a new and improved online recruitment platform.
However, due to this transition candidates cannot currently apply for Talent Pools (often called profile positions) or update existing Talent Pool profiles. This change took effect on 31 July 2022. You will be able to apply for Talent Pools again from 10 October 2022.
Candidates who have already been successfully accepted to a Talent Pool will receive additional instructions about their existing profile closer to the launch date of the new system (10 October 2022). Please keep an eye on your email inbox.
Individuals who have previously applied for a role with UNHCR should note that past applications will not be migrated to the new recruitment platform. To make applying for future roles easier, you may wish to download your past information and save it at an alternative location. You will be able to do so up until 30 September 2022. Candidates will be prompted to re-enter their information (education, experience, skills, etc.) when applying for future vacancies on the new system after 10 October 2022.
To download a Talent Pool/job application, candidates should sign in to their account via the public careers site, go to My Activities page, click on the job title of their application and then click Print Application.
Why a career with UNHCR?
Our dedicated staff work to protect and assist people fleeing conflict and persecution at a time when global forced displacement is at a record high. Our colleagues bring a wide range of specialized skills, including expertise in legal protection, administration, community services, public affairs, health and other disciplines.
To learn more, read the UNHCR’s People Strategy 2016-2021.
If you are a person with a disability and face technical challenges during the recruitment process you can contact us here. Providing information to this email box is optional and will be treated strictly confidentially.
Examples for types of requests:
- ‘I have applied for the HR Officer position advertised in Iran and I would like to let you know that I will need sign language interpretation for potential interviews.’
- ‘I tried to apply for the Protection Officer position advertised on the website. I have a visual impairment so I would appreciate help with filling in the application form.’
- ‘I have limited mobility and I want to apply for a position in Juba. Is the office wheelchair-friendly?’
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.
Due to a large number of e-mails received, we will ONLY respond to queries related to applications that refer to specific job openings or talent pool profiles from candidates with disabilities.