Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Why Work For Us?

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, takes the lead in protecting people forced to flee wars and persecution around the world, providing life-saving aid including shelter, food, and water to ensure their basic safety, rights, and dignity. With 17,324 women and men working in 135​ countries, we work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of 79.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

Our dedicated and professional staff work around the clock in roles including legal protection, community services, public affairs, health, and more. Despite the challenges they can face, our staff are proud to work for UNHCR and determined to make a positive impact.
Our dedicated staff work to protect and assist people fleeing conflict and persecution at a time when global forced displacement is at a record high. Our colleagues bring a wide range of specialized skills, including expertise in legal protection, administration, community services, public affairs, health, and other disciplines.
WHy work for us.png
Jobs at UNHCR

share page

The Company

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 coordinate 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 resettle in a third country. It also has the mandate to help stateless people.

UNHCR now has more than 17,324 personnel in 123 countries continues to help and protect millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people. We work in a total of 135 countries and our budget, which in its first year was US$300,000, grew to US$8.6 billion in 2019.  During our lifetime, we have helped well over 50 million refugees to successfully restart their lives.
The company.png


To safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. In its efforts to achieve this objective, UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, and to return home voluntarily.



  • Our core values are integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity.
  • We put people first – the needs of people forced to flee are at the heart of everything we do.
  • We go wherever we are needed and get the job done – our staff work in more than 134 countries, often in extremely difficult conditions.
  • We support resilience – we work with those in need, affording them dignity and respect.
  • We protect people’s rights – we work to safeguard the rights of those who have been forced to flee their homes or are deprived of a nationality.
  • We deliver the best possible outcome – we are focused on protecting refugees and displaced communities forced to flee, and developing solutions to support people in their quest to restart their lives and build a better future.

Our Culture

UNHCR values inclusiveness, diversity, and gender equity and will continue to strive to achieve full adherence to these principles in its policies and organizational culture.
Diversity is critical to protecting our people of concern and to finding innovative solutions in response to humanitarian crises.
UNHCR is committed to achieving and maintaining gender parity at all grades and to have a workforce that is diverse, inclusive, and representative of all regions.
Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on the grounds of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We work with skilled professionals who are committed to put people first, make a real difference in people’s lives, and are willing to go anywhere we are needed to get the job done.

Location: Ethiopia

All current job openings at UNHCR have expired.
New & exciting job opportunities are coming soon!