United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation working to save lives, protect rights and build a better future for refugees, internally displaced communities and stateless people. They work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find refuge from violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. UNHCR also works to end statelessness for millions of people worldwide without a nationality.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-being
Quality Education
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation
Affordable and Clean Energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life on Land
Partnerships to achieve the Goals

How we work

UNHCR seeks to reduce situations of forced displacement by encouraging states and other institutions to create conditions that are conducive to the protection of human rights and the resolution of disputes. The Office works in partnership with governments and regional, international and non-governmental organisations. It is committed to the principle of participation, believing that refugees should be consulted over decisions that affect their lives.

... and why

The United Nations mandate the High Commissioner for Refugees to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. Core directions the UNHCR commits to include protecting and empowering the people they serve, responding to emergencies rapidly and effectively and solving problems of statelessness.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

Land- und Forstwirtschaft
Bankwesen und Finanzen
Diversity Management
Aus- und Weiterbildung
Umwelt und Katastrophenmanagement
Gesundheit und Ernährung
Menschenrechte, Recht und Governance
Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie
Medien und Kommunikation
Monitoring und Evaluation
Politische Angelegenheiten und Friedenssicherung
Entwicklung des Privatsektors
Soziale Entwicklung
Supply Chain Management

UNHCR’s greatest asset is its workforce. We bring together talented, compassionate individuals determined to use their skills and integrity to positively impact the lives of people fleeing conflict and persecution. Joining UNHCR means living, sharing and promoting the four guiding principles of humanitarianism – humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence – as well as our commitment to inclusion, diversity and gender parity.

Opportunities offered

Internships for students yes
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates no
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities yes


We offer careers, not just jobs, and take pride in going the extra mile to serve our people in need. Every day, our staff use their skills to find innovative, long-lasting solutions that better support the people we serve. Whether you want to work at a field location or at our headquarters, UNHCR offers a variety of local and international short-term and fixed-term contracts through which you can make a positive difference to refugees’ lives.

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Type of organisation


Field(s) of activity

Humanitäre Hilfe
Friedensförderung und menschliche Sicherheit


Geneva, Switzerland

Region(s) of operation

Osteuropa und Zentralasien
Lateinamerika und Karibik
Nahost und Nordafrika
Südostasien und Pazifik
West- und Mitteleuropa

Number of employees

In Switzerland:
Zwischen 50 und 200

Outside Switzerland:
Zwischen 200 und 1000

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