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UNHCR offers meaningful careers

UNHCR offers meaningful careers

UNHCR’s greatest asset is their workforce of highly experienced and committed professionals. They work with passionate, talented and creative individuals who want to use their skills for good. Thanks to people like you, they can develop solutions that enable people who have been forced to flee to restart their lives and build better futures.

UNHCR leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes, delivering life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water to help safeguard fundamental human rights and ensuring safety and dignity. With 9,700 staff working in over 125 countries, they use their expertise to protect and care for around 60 million people worldwide. Despite the many difficulties they can face, staff are proud to work for UNHCR and they're all determined to make a positive impact. 

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UNHCR has launched a talent pool recruitment exercise aimed at hiring highly competent professionals who can play a key role in fulfilling their mandate. It forms part of a wider aim to build UNHCR’s talent and strengthen their capacity to answer the urgent needs of those of concern to the organization.

All applicants go through a comprehensive application, screening and selection process to demonstrate their technical and organizational capabilities, as well as their potential to grow and work across different field locations. How to enter the talent pools

There are two ways to enter a talent pool

Applying for a specific talent pool recruitment - or - Applying for a regular vacancy. If not selected for the regular vacancy following a recruitment process, you may still be recommended for inclusion in a corresponding talent pool.

Successful applicants remain in the talent pool for 12 months, and can be considered for short- or long-term international professional employment opportunities. These opportunities could be at entry - and mid-management levels (P2, P3 and P4), in key functional areas at country and regional offices, as well as headquarters. Once endorsed in the talent pools, candidates will be regularly contacted to assess their availability and ongoing interest for fixed term or temporary appointment.

Areas of expertise

- Administrative/Finance officer
- Camp coordination and camp management (CCCM) officer
- Field safety advisor
- Physical site planner
- Programme officer
- Project control officer
- Protection officer
- Registration officer
- Shelter officer
- Supply officer


As positions may be at different grade levels, the eligibility requirements vary and are explained in detail above. However, the essential minimum requirements for applicants to the talent pools are as follows:
- university degree, at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- relevant working experience in the respective area of expertise;
- excellent knowledge of English at C1 Level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
- depending on the talent pool, a second UN language with proficiency at B2 level or above under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is either desirable or required. For more information, see ‘language requirements’

The majority of positions filled through the talent pools are expected to be in non-family and/ or hardship locations. The location of duty will be determined by UNHCR.

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Whether you're an experienced professional or a recent graduate, UNHCR provides opportunities to take your career to the next level while building a better future for refugees. Take a look at these current vacancies.

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