UNHCR's staff are the lifeblood of the organization and about 85 percent of them are based out in the field, helping people of concern on a daily basis. At the start of 2012, there were 7,735 members of staff, including a combined total of 960 in UNHCR's Geneva headquarters and the Global Service Centre in Budapest. The numbers break down into 5,871 national staff and 1,868 international staff.
The largest concentration of field staff is in Kenya (437), followed by Chad (370), Democratic Republic of the Congo (353) and Afghanistan (333).
We work in 126 countries, with staff based in a mixture of 119 regional and branch offices, and 299 sub and field offices. Our staff work in a wide range of disciplines, including protection (legal), administration, community services, public affairs, logistics, health and gender.