Talent Pools


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.


Areas of Expertise

Job requirements differ among grades and functions. Please click on the below job descriptions to learn more about the profile you would like to be considered for.

What it means to be in the Final Pool

As part of this profile-based recruitment exercise, all candidates undergo a comprehensive selection process, which includes basic eligibility screening, followed by various assessments (language and functional assessment, as appropriate) and grading. Candidates who pass these assessments will be part of the ready-to-hire pool and may be contacted by a recruiter according to the needs of UNHCR to fill positions. Being in the ready-to-hire pool means that you are part of the candidates who could be proposed to the Hiring Managers to fill positions and they will take the final decision after a comprehensive review. Once endorsed in the Talent Pools, shortlisted candidates are contacted to ascertain their availability, for deployment purposes and ongoing interest mostly for temporary appointments. Successful applicants remain in the Talent Pool. Due focus will be given on language needs, diversity and gender in maintaining these various talent pools.

How to apply

We encourage applicants to watch our video tutorial on how to apply to an international vacancy, before they embark on the application process. To learn more about how to apply, go to Application and Selection.

Interested? To apply to our Talent Pools, click here: International vacancies