International Organization based in Switzerland

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,685 people in more than 125 countries continues to help some 33.9 million persons.

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24 Mar 2017 description

UNHCR warns Mosul situation deteriorating as fighting rages

By: Matthew Saltmarsh

GENEVA - The displacement crisis in Mosul is likely to become more acute in the near term, as fighting intensifies in the densely populated western parts of the city, according to Bruno Geddo, the Representative of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Iraq.

24 Mar 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, applauds the vote Wednesday by the Parliament of Haiti formally to join the international drive to end the tragedy of statelessness and to ensure the millions of innocent people around the world with no nationality get the help they need.

“Statelessness is an entirely avoidable blight on humanity that should be tolerated by no one in the 21st century,” said Renata Dubini, head of the UNHCR America’s regional bureau, after the Haitian parliament voted for the country to accede to two international conventions on statelessness.

24 Mar 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply alarmed at reports of at least two shipwrecks off the Libyan coasts on Thursday. According to NGO sources, five floating corpses of young men have been recovered some 14 miles off the Libyan coast near two empty and partially submerged rubber dinghies today. They are all deaths by drowning in the last 24 hours, the medical crew of Golfo Azzurro ship says.

23 Mar 2017 description


Bentiu protection of civilian site (PoC) was established in December 2013 with currently over 117,600 people seeking protection in the site. Humanitarian partners and UNMISS are working together with the community to improve the living condition in the PoC area.

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24 Mar 2017 description
job Closing date: 29 Mar 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees


The issue of denial of documentation related to citizenship, particularly birth registration/ certification and nationality documentation, can lead to certain populations facing a heightened risk of statelessness, or being left stateless. These issues are highlighted as requiring attention in Actions 7 (Ensure birth registration to prevent statelessness) and 8 (Issue nationality documentation to those with an entitlement to it) of UNHCR’s Global Action Plan to End Statelessness (GAP).

24 Mar 2017 description
job Closing date: 05 Apr 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees


The Child Protection Unit in UNHCR's Division of International Protection is seeking a Youth Officer. The unit manages projects, provides technical assistance to UNHCR field operations and develops global guidance on child and youth protection.

24 Mar 2017 description
job Closing date: 05 Apr 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees


UNHCR’s Division of International Protection is seeking a Child Protection and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Assessment, Measurement and Information Management Expert based in the MENA Region and will support the child protection information management needs for UNHCR on child protection.

23 Mar 2017 description
job Closing date: 02 Apr 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The UNHCR Bureau for Europe announces the following vacancy:

Project Associate – Somali speaking

To work in the context of the Somali segments of a project called E-Platform: Telling the real story – Information campaign targeting Somali and Eritrean migrants. (www.tellingtherealstory.org)

22 Mar 2017 description
job Closing date: 11 Apr 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees



The WASH Officer will support the UNHCR Country Operation in Uganda, in collaboration with the Government, to coordinate the provision of WASH services to persons of concern to UNHCR in areas covered by the Arua Sub-Office including Rhino, Imvepi and Bidibidi Settlements. This will include ensuring that an adequate level of WASH service is provided at each site in accordance with applicable UNHCR and National Standards.


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15 Mar 2017 description
training Registration deadline: 06 Apr 2017 Training date: 06 Apr 2017 ALNAP, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, World Vision

The humanitarian coordination system is fairly effective when it comes to enhancing cooperation to prevent gaps and overlaps, and at supporting good practice on the ground. However, it's less good at addressing ‘strategic’, response-wide issues. Why is this? How can we fix it? How can we improve humanitarian coordination?

That was the question facing the 45 key thinkers, practitioners and decision makers working on coordination, within and beyond the humanitarian sector, present at ALNAP's 2016 meeting, 'Working together to improve humanitarian coordination'.

04 Sep 2015 description

With the aim of helping the humanitarian sector to improve beneficiary’s data protection, CaLP is now launching in partnership with the UNHCR the course “E – transfer and operationalizing beneficiary data protection”. The purpose of this course is to assist humanitarian practitioners to take the necessary steps to operationalize the protection of beneficiary data in programmes using electronic transfers, or e-transfers.