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

In order to achieve the above mentioned objective, UNHCR runs humanitarian programmes, from the onset of the crisis, at the country, regional and global level. Such programmes address various sectoral needs such as health, education, shelter, water, livelihoods, crop production, community services, and protection and so on. At the same time, UNHCR implement programmes which promote durable solutions in the forms of return and reintegration, local integration and resettlement. UNHCR works with various operational and implementation partners including UN Agencies, NGOs and other development players.

UNHCR is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. In support of its core activities on behalf of refugees, UNHCR's Executive Committee and the UN General Assembly have authorised the organisation's involvement with other groups such as former refugees who have returned to their homeland, internally displaced people, and people who are stateless or whose nationality is disputed.

  • Civil Society
  • Community Conflict Resolution
  • Employment Generation
  • Gender
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Local Governance
  • Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction

Humanitarian Protection

As has been identified in the UN’s peace-building capacity inventory, UNHCR has its corporate competencies on protection of vulnerable groups, basic needs, gender and human rights. In particular, UNHCR can make unique contributions to peace-building from the viewpoint of promoting durable solutions for the displaced persons. Achieving sustainable reintegration of refugees and IDPs is a crucial component of peace-building. At the same time, UNHCR can initiate peace-building while refugees are still in asylum countries. For example, vocational and skills training help refugees prepare for contributing to reconstruction of their home countries, while peace education and co-existence are promoted in the refugee camps.
Other
  • Capacity and development training
  • Policy advice
  • Research and policy development
  • Technical assistance
Description of activities
Supporting building capacities of implementing partners. / Global
Provide humanitarian assistance in various sectors. / Global
UNHCR reviews governments’ asylum policies and legal frameworks and provides policy advice in order to ensure protection of refugees in light of international refugee law.
Research and policy development regarding the refugee/IDP protection. / Global
Provide technical support to the goverment and implementing parters to meet international protection standards. / Global

Humanitarian Assistance

Other
  • Capacity and development training
  • Policy advice
Description of activities
UNHCR trains implementing partners which are involved in the delivery of services. UNHCR also support building capacity among displaced persons, particularly for them to become self-reliant.
UNHCR, in partnership with implementing partners (either NGOs or governments), implement projects. Such projects include humanitarian relief operations during emergencies and so called ‘care and maintenance’ phase, and other sorts of support for promoting self-reliance and durable solutions (return and reintegration. local integration and resettlement).
UNHCR reviews governments’ asylum policies and legal frameworks and provides policy advice in order to ensure protection of refugees in light of international refugee law.

Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction

  • Africa
    • Central Africa
      • Democratic Republic of the Congo
      • Chad
    • Eastern Africa
      • Zambia
      • Uganda
      • Somalia
      • Kenya
      • Ethiopia
      • Sudan
      • United Republic of Tanzania
      • Rwanda
      • Burundi
    • Northern Africa
      • Egypt
      • Algeria
    • Southern Africa
      • South Africa
    • Western Africa
      • Ghana
      • Liberia
      • Sierra Leone
      • Guinea
      • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Asia
    • Central Asia
    • South Asia
      • Nepal
      • Afghanistan
      • Sri Lanka
      • Bangladesh
      • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    • South East Asia
      • Thailand
      • Myanmar
    • Western Asia
      • Yemen
      • Iraq
      • Turkey
      • Georgia
  • Europe
    • Southern Europe
      • Serbia
      • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Americas
    • South America
      • Colombia

Burundi

Types of activity: 
Policy advice
Capacity and development training
Other
Other: 
Direct project implementation support
Description: 

UNHCR reviews governments’ asylum policies and legal frameworks and provides policy advice in order to ensure protection of refugees in light of international refugee law. UNHCR, in partnership with implementing partners (either NGOs or governments), implement projects. Such projects include humanitarian relief operations during emergencies and so called ‘care and maintenance’ phase, and other sorts of support for promoting self-reliance and durable solutions (return and reintegration. local integration and resettlement).

Sierra Leone

Types of activity: 
Policy advice
Capacity and development training
Other
Other: 
Direct project implementation support

Burundi

Types of activity: 
Policy advice
Capacity and development training
Other
Other: 
Direct project implementation support
Description: 

UNHCR reviews governments’ asylum policies and legal frameworks and provides policy advice in order to ensure protection of refugees in light of international refugee law. UNHCR, in partnership with implementing partners (either NGOs or governments), implement projects. Such projects include humanitarian relief operations during emergencies and so called ‘care and maintenance’ phase, and other sorts of support for promoting self-reliance and durable solutions (return and reintegration. local integration and resettlement).

Sierra Leone

Types of activity: 
Policy advice
Capacity and development training
Other
Other: 
Direct project implementation support
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Rue de Montbrillant 94
Geneva CH-1202
United Nations
More than 10 years
Rue de Montbrillant 94
Geneva CH-1202
Headquarters

The nerve centre of the refugee agency is its headquarters in Geneva where staff work in one of eight divisions: the Executive (High Commissioner's) Office; the Division of International Protection Services responsible for the agency's core protection mandate; the Department of Operations which covers all field programmes; the Division of External Relations, the Division of Operational Services, the Division of Human Resources Management for personnel, the Division of Information Systems and Technology, Division of Emergency and Supply Management, and the Division of Financial and Administrative Management.

Mr
António Guterres
High Commissioner
Sajjad Malik
Chief OSTS/Division of Operational Services
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Network

Early Recovery Cluster

Type: 
NGO
Description: 

The early recovery cluster is also a formal coordination mechanism and network established by the IASC members and in line with its humanitarian reform. The cluster is lead by UNDP and meets regularly both at the global and country level. UNHCR participates in the discussions at this cluster very actively from the view point of making sure that solutions to displacement are adequately addressed in the policy discussions. The early recovery cluster spearheads coordination, advocacy, consolidated funding as well as monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian situations, while providing expertise through mechanisms such as surge capacity and vis a vis early recovery. In particular, the early recovery cluster, through its network, is to make sure linkages between relief and development across different clusters.

Protection Cluster

Type: 
NGO
Description: 

The protection cluster is a formal coordination mechanism and network established by the IASC members and in line with its humanitarian reform. The cluster is lead by UNHCR and meets regularly both at the global and country level. The protection cluster spearheads coordination, advocacy, and consolidated funding as well as monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian situations, while providing expertise through mechanisms such as surge capacity and vis a vis protection.