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.
ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi concluded his first tri-nation visit to Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. On the last leg of his mission in Pakistan, the High Commissioner announced an increase in assistance package for registered Afghan refugee families, who are opting to return to Afghanistan under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary return progamme.
85,000 IDPs* from Falluja and surrounding areas since May
24,000 IDPs** from Mosul and surrounding areas since March
3.3 million IDPs* since January 2014
230,000 Iraqi refugees*** in the region
UNHCR’s overall appeal of USD 584 million for IDPs and Iraqi refugees in the region is only 22% funded
The monthly dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need. Partners in Lebanon are working to ensure that for vulnerable groups, especially youth, access to income and employment is improved.
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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT VN NUMBER: DIP/PROT/005/2016
Title: MENA – Pathways Expert (family reunification and third country scholarships)
Project: Pathways for Protection and Solutions
Duty station: Amman, Jordan
Section/Unit: MENA Protection Service
Consultancy Level: Level B
Duration: 01/08/2016 through 31/12/2016
Supervisor: Senior Regional Resettlement Officer, Haruno Nakashiba
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Representation in Thailand
Vacancy Announcement No. 26/2016
Post Level: N/A
The Protection Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg of the Regional Representation for Western Europe seeks a native French-speaking intern with a start date of 19 September 2016 in Luxembourg for a six-month unpaid internship.
The intern should be a native French speaker, preferably with a Masters in Law, with an excellent command of written and spoken English. A knowledge of German and/or Luxembourgish will be considered an asset. Evidence of previous experience or a strong interest in refugee matters or human rights is appreciated.
General description of internship
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.