Seeking thrills? UNHCR is hiring

A young protection worker with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees talks to Syrian refugees in Cairo, Egypt. The U.N. agency is looking for bright young professionals to work in the field. Photo by: UNHCR

Refugee crises brought about by the conflict in Syria to the ongoing insurgency in northern Mali are not only putting a strain to aid groups’ financial resources, but staff too, and the U.N.’s refugee agency is looking for humanitarian professionals who can fill the void.

UNHCR wants to hire individuals who are willing to work in conflict zones and “deep field locations” under its newly launched Entry-Level Humanitarian Professional Program. The agency works in some of the most conflict-ridden and unstable environments around the world, like Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali and Syria, which are among its biggest operations.

The aim is for the U.N. agency to meet its “operational and organizational demands today and in the future,” human resources management director Karen Farkas said in a statement.

UNHCR is present in some 125 countries, and 85 percent of its staff members are working in the field.

The agency is eyeing professionals up to 40 years old with background in the areas of field protection, program planning, supply operations, administration/finance and human resources. Interested individuals must agree to be deployed in another setting “every few years,” speak English and at least another U.N. language, and be able to work with a culturally diverse team.

UNHCR staff members who have worked for the agency for at least one year are also eligible to apply. Deadline of applications is August 31. 

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.