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UNHCR works to protect refugees and other displaced people across the globe. The work is diverse, highly challenging and requires committed, responsive and flexible staff with a high degree of motivation and professional skill. Positions range from protection officers and programme or logistics experts in some of the world's most difficult trouble spots to specialist work in the agency's headquarters in Geneva. UNHCR staff are expected to be mobile and work in different locations during their career.

Under UNHCR's human resources policy, internal candidates are usually given first priority for selected posts.

For external candidates, one of the basic requirements is excellent knowledge of English and at least one other UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) with proficiency at the B2 level or above under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR); additional languages are an asset.

Vacancies currently open to external candidates can be found by selecting the appropriate category shown in blue on the right hand side of this page.

The Junior Professional Officer Programme

Information about the UNHCR JPO programme.

Internships with UNHCR

All you need to know. Information and application procedures for prospective interns.





UNHCR's Capacity Building Initiative

Humanitarian response pool

Vacancies for functional profiles

Entry-Level Humanitarian Professional Programme (EHP)

UNHCR's Talent recruitment initiative.

International Professional Category

Internationally recruited professional staff with requirement to rotate.

Field Service Category

Internationally recruited support staff who may be requested to rotate.

National Professional Category

Locally recruited professional staff without requirement to rotate.

General Service Category

Locally recruited support staff without requirement to rotate.

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