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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

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Profiles of our staff around the world

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


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Awake at Night – A podcast with Melissa Fleming

Subscribe and learn more about what it takes to be a humanitarian worker.


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A Day in the Life of a UNHCR Development Officer

Development experts talk about their daily work, career journeys, how development complements humanitarian assistance and share application tips and career advice.


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A Day in the Life of a UNHCR Field Security Officer

Join our Field Security Officers from across the globe to learn more about what it takes to work in various field operations and get application tips.


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A day in the life of a UNHCR Protection Officer

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 UNHCR.



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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.


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A day in the life of a UNHCR HR Officer

Gain insights into the main duties and responsibilities of an HR Officer at UNHCR and how human resources supports building a better future for forcibly displaced and stateless persons.


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A day in the life of an international UN volunteer working for UNHCR

In this webinar you’ll hear from international UN Volunteers working for UNHCR, UNHCR's focal point for the UNV program and a recruiter from UNV. You'll learn about the daily life and work of international UN Volunteers, and get recruitment process and application tips.


Career webinars

Learn more about our people and working at UNHCR through our webinar outreach program.

Watch career webinar recordings

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