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UNHCR has more than 18,879 staff, 87 per cent of whom are based in the field, assisting the most vulnerable people uprooted by wars and persecution. Just over seven per cent of staff are based at our Geneva headquarters. Along with the Global Service Centres in Budapest, Copenhagen and Amman, these people provide support for the rest of UNHCR, including key administrative functions.

Staff include drivers, supply officers, protection workers and other professionals in various specialist areas.

Meet some of our staff

Robina at work in the UNHCR warehouse in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Profiles of our staff around the world

We work in 138 countries. Staff include drivers, supply officers and protection workers.

UNHCR's Eujin Byun holds a refugee baby in her arms at a refugee camp in South Sudan.

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Real talk: The thrills and risks of being a female humanitarian worker

UNHCR 'veteran' Aurvasi Patel and 'rookie' Eujin Byun share their thoughts on career, family and when it's okay to cry at work.

Switzerland. Melissa Fleming's podcast interview with Sajjad Malik.

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Awake at Night – A podcast with Melissa Fleming

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A day in the life of a UNHCR Protection Officer – play the video

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A day in the life of a UNHCR Protection Officer

UNHCR protection specialists and an HR representative talk about the career journeys and a typical day in the lives of people who work in protection at the UN Refugee Agency.



Staff testimonials

Our interns said

The best part about interning at UNHCR has been working as a part of the Community-Based Protection team. They are all such incredibly kind, driven, and intelligent people. Being able to contribute to ensuring that the voices and capacities of refugees, IDPS, and stateless people are incorporated into all facets of protection work has been exceptionally rewarding. My internship has given me the passion and skills to continue this work in the next phase of my career.

Chrissy Sandwen, Intern, Community-Based Protection
UNHCR Junior Professional Officers said

There is no doubt that I have grown professionally in the last three years with UNHCR and shall continue to work with the same spirit in the days to come. I feel more professional, ready to learn more and to continue to grow. The JPO programme is an excellent entry point for any newcomer to learn and to determine their future goal.

Suprity Timilsina, Associate Protection Officer in Nairobi, Kenya
Our UN Volunteers said

I'm very pleased with my assignment with UNHCR as a volunteer in Gao. It has allowed me to benefit from the experience of peacebuilding through the project. It is a rewarding experience – both professionally and personally.

Deoulemgoto Ndouba, UN volunteer for UNHCR, in Gao, Mali