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)
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.
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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.
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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