The UNHCR reports to the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The General Assembly appoints the UNHCR High Commissioner, a position currently held by Filippo Grandi. The agency’s programmes and budgets are approved by The UNHCR Executive Committee.
UNHCR operations are complex and global in nature. In addition to ensuring the safety of refugees, UNHCR must also protect its staff in dangerous situations, while handling everything from the procurement of medical supplies and bulk food shipments to aircraft charters.
Administrative activities such as operations, protection, external relations, human resources and finances are headquartered in Geneva, with the assistance of regional bureaus.
UNHCR currently has a staff of 16,803, who work on various aspects of our missions through a network of regional offices, branch offices, sub-offices and field offices located in 134 countries.