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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the following job opening at the level of Under-Secretary-General:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNHCR was established on 14 December 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 accordance with the Statute of UNHCR, the High Commissioner shall be elected by the General Assembly on the nomination of the Secretary-General. The terms of appointment of the High Commissioner shall be proposed by the Secretary-General and approved by the General Assembly. The responsibilities, authority and accountability of the High Commissioner are also set out in the Statute of UNHCR. The High Commissioner is accountable to the Secretary-General for the administration of the Office.

The High Commissioner reports annually to the General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council; the High Commissioner is also entitled to present his or her views before the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and their subsidiary bodies. The High Commissioner is bound by policy directives given him or her by the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council. Moreover, the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General are to make appropriate arrangements for liaison and consultation on matters of mutual interest.

Further information on UNHCR is available in the Secretary-General’s Bulletin ST/SGB/1998/9 and on the following website: http://www.unhcr.org/

In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, the Secretariat would welcome any applications to supplement the Secretary General’s own search and consultations. The Secretariat would especially welcome applications of women candidates.

The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with:

Individuals who are either nominated by Member States or who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

All applications should include the curriculum vitae of the candidates and must be sent to the Secretariat by 14 September 2015. Applications may also be sent to eosgapplications20152@un.org