Governance and Oversight
The High Commissioner is responsible for the direction and control of UNHCR. He or she directs our work with the assistance of a Deputy High Commissioner and Assistant High Commissioners for Protection and Operations.
The Inspector General’s Office (IGO) exists as the cornerstone of UNHCR’s system of independent oversight. In line with UNHCR’s Policy on Independent Oversight, this oversight system exists to ensure independent assurance to UNHCR’s executive management and governance bodies on compliance with policies and procedures; effectiveness and efficiency of operations; appropriate objectives, priorities and strategies in place; the impact of UNHCR operations and interventions and lessons learned; and measures in places to prevent and detect fraud and other forms of misconduct.