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.
Majority of Congolese refugees are living in five refugee camps throughout the country. Very small number of refugees live in urban locations mainly in Kigali. Humanitarian assistance and protection is mainly provided to people living in the camps. However, due to the protracted situation, the funding is very limited and therefore the living conditions in the camps remain unsatisfactory. Resettlement for protracted Congolese refugees is on hold.
Majority of Burundian refugees are accommodated in Maham camp in Eastern Province. Some 30% of people live in urban locations mainly Kigali and Huye. Humanitarian assistance and protection is mainly provided to people living in the camp. Needs of people living in urban areas remain under supported mainly due to lack of funds. Therefore more and more people approach UNHCR with request for transfer to Mahama camp due to inability to cater for basic needs on their own.
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DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
Public Health Officer (p-3)
Direct supervision and guidance is normally received from the Senior Programme Officer and overall supervision from the Head of Office. Close functional linkages and technical guidance are established with the Senior Regional Public Health/HIV Officer.
DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
WASH Officer (P-3)
In order to ensure wider reach out to the refugees and ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) services, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and externally.
This project is designed in response to needs identified by operations in the 2016 UNHCR Review of Gender Equality in Operations, to document and share promising practices on gender equality. It is also specifically designed, through full collaboration with the UNHCR Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, to meet the need for regional documentation and exchange on gender equality.
Division of External Relations
Events, Campaigns and Goodwill Ambassadors Section
This Master level short course in Humanitarian Shelter Coordination is offered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in partnership with the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University.
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.