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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27 Feb 2017 description


  • United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, on 24 February, handed a “working paper” on procedural issues to delegations attending the Geneva Talks. So far, prospects are not encouraging for face-to-face talks or discussions regarding key political issues such as a new constitution and UN-supervised elections.

27 Feb 2017 description

N’Djamena, 27 févr. 17 (HCR) – Représentant du Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, le HCR, depuis décembre 2014, le Mozambicain Jose Antonio Canhandula, quitte le Tchad suite à sa nomination au même poste au Nigeria voisin, où il sera basé à Abuja.

Il a mis à profit sa dernière semaine au Tchad pour faire ses adieux au personnel du HCR au Tchad, aux autorités ainsi qu’à la communauté humanitaire, les diplomates et les bailleurs de fonds et donateurs lors de quelques cérémonies organisées à cet effet.

27 Feb 2017 description


Voluntary repatriation

  • In total, as of 15th February, 49,376 Somali refugees returned home since 8th December 2014, when UNHCR started supporting voluntary return of Somali refugees in Kenya, out of which 10,062 were supported in 2017 alone. Road convoys were organized from Dadaab to Dhobley respectively on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For the time being, flights from Dadaab to Somalia remain suspended owing to the security alerts in Mogadishu since 23rd December 2016.

27 Feb 2017 description


163,896 persons currently internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city resumed on 17 October 2016

21,579 UNHCR kits of core relief items (CRIs) distributed to families in camps, assisting some 129,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Mosul and surrounding areas.

5,481 family plots are currently occupied out of 12,497 family plots (for some 75,000 people) in UNHCR built camps that are ready to receive IDPs displaced from Mosul corridor.

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24 Feb 2017 description
job Closing date: 04 Mar 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  1. Background Information

The MENA region is currently hosting the biggest displaced population in its history. As of January 2016, the total number of Syrian refugees has exceeded 4.5 million. Of these, more than 600000 thousands are hosted in Egypt.

24 Feb 2017 description
job Closing date: 06 Mar 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees


Title: Consultant - UNHCR Energy and Environment Unit

Period: 01 April 2017 - 30 June 2017 (with possibility of extension)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland


21 Feb 2017 description
job Closing date: 06 Mar 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Representation in Thailand

Vacancy Announcement No. 10/2017

Internal/External Circulation

Position Title: ICT Associate

Post Level: General Service (GS) - 6

Post No.: N/A

Report To: Admin/Finance Officer

Section: Administration Unit

Duty Station: Bangkok, Thailand

21 Feb 2017 description
job Closing date: 02 Mar 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Terms of Reference for Consultancy with UNHCR as a Graphic Designer

Project Title: Graphic Designer

Duration and dates of the assignment:

From: 1 March 2017 To: 31 Decemebr 2017

Work 100% (full time) during above-mentioned period:
Yes: 0 No: 1 (if no specify)

Working Hours: ( ) Applicable (O ) Not Applicable

Total amount of days/weeks/months to be worked:
By product deliverables.

Duty Station(s):
Work from home

21 Feb 2017 description
job Closing date: 05 Mar 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Availability of the Post Immediately

Functional Statement


  • UNHCR office has sufficient administrative and local support for the field activities thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern.


  • Assist in administrative tasks as required such as preparation of reports and meeting authorized personnel and assisting them during field missions.


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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.