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Recruitment of International Professional Staff

International Professional Officers generally serve abroad in positions that require a high level of functional and managerial skills. UNHCR does its best to fill vacant international professional positions internally. If no suitable internal candidate is identified, the organization reverts to external recruitment. Public advertisements may vary from a junior entry-level to a high managerial position. Different functional profiles have their specific requirements, but generally speaking candidates will need to have the following minimum qualifications:

  • A university degree (Bachelors or Masters) in a field relevant to the functions in the job description;
  • Minimum three years of international working experience in the relevant functional area;
  • 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;
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural team;
  • Willingness to serve in different countries every few years.

Information relating to entitlements and benefits can be found in the attached recruitment brochure.

Recruitment Brochure for International Staff

General information on entitlements and benefits for International Staff

UNHCR Code of Conduct and Explanatory Notes




Warning - Confidence Schemes and Scams - Employment Matters.

Information for job-seekers regarding fraudulent schemes and scams using UNHCR's name.

International Professional Staff Vacancies

How to Apply

The steps below must be followed in the specified sequence in order to complete a successful application.

  • Step 1:
    Select the Click here to apply hyperlink below. You will be directed to the Careers selection page.
  • Step 2:
    Register yourself, i.e. create a login and password.
  • Step 3:
    Complete a P11 application form (be sure to save as a Final version).
  • Step 4:
    Select a vacancy and submit your application.

NB: You may find it useful to print these instructions before beginning your application.

If you require any help, please contact the Global Service Desk.

Click here to apply

The vacancies can be identified using the Job Category column which will be displayed when the link above in blue is selected.

Gender Equity Policy

Information about re-recruitment options for female former staff members.