UNHCR Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at UNHCR

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great exposure to how a UN agency works

    Cons

    No specific projects assigned; need to search for projects on own.

    Advice to Management

    Please incorporate more intern participation

  2. Great insight into learning how a UN institution works

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Intern in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at UNHCR

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    At the UNHCR, there are many opportunities to utilize a wide range of skills. Because I interned in the Supply Chain, I learned of the many ways items are sourced and brought over to refugee beneficiaries all over the globe. You'll improve your global networking abilities, but don't get too attached to your coworkers--chances are they're leaving for mission soon.

    Cons

    In its essence, the UNHCR is a bureaucratic institution. Do not expect to create great changes in a fast way. These guys are quite set in their ways, and no amount of altruism can change some of these guys' minds when it comes to thinking of a new way of doing something. Also, as an intern, you don't get paid, so there's that.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in the young people. Create change.

  3. Meaningful Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior IT Assistant in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Current Contractor - Senior IT Assistant in Nairobi (Kenya)

    I have been working at UNHCR as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working to create solutions for refugees, good salary scales, multiple career options/paths, good potential for growth in your career.

    Cons

    Less transparency, too much focus on internal candidates for positions which could be filled by better performing external candidates, no motivating activities to encourage employees to perform better.

    Advice to Management

    Create a motivating environment to enable workers to be encouraged to put full efforts in their work.

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  5. Act as liaison between extremely busy executives and other department leads on the needs of the Magazine.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communication Associate PI/MI in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Communication Associate PI/MI in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at UNHCR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The vision and the passion of helping people. I count myself very lucky to be able to make a living doing work that is in alignment with my values and the things that I believe in.

    Cons

    Experience, A learning environment

    Advice to Management

    Good management and implementation of policies

  6. Field office internship (Southeast Asia)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - UNHCR
    Former Intern - UNHCR

    I worked at UNHCR as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Frontline exposure to refugee advocacy and fieldwork; in depth involvement in various projects

    Cons

    Poor benefits like no remuneration and no visa/insurance sponsorship for foreigners but normal in IGO or NGO internships

    Advice to Management

    Allocating some of the budget for paying interns (at least for transportation/lunch fees)

  7. I am profound,i believe in new up comes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Adentan (Ghana)
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Adentan (Ghana)

    I have been working at UNHCR full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good exposure by sharing and inspiring

    Cons

    We over tedious even under pressure

    Advice to Management

    Well morals is quite a topic of all times

  8. registration assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Registration in Juba, Baḩr al Jabal (Sudan)
    Current Contractor - Registration in Juba, Baḩr al Jabal (Sudan)

    I have been working at UNHCR as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    help the needy in bad situations

    Cons

    staying way for long time in places of far distance,no network and insecrity

    Advice to Management

    team spirit should be the binding power

  9. Fantastic place to intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Intern - Intern in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at UNHCR as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Most of the internship roles were really hands-on, and not limited to menial tasks that one might find at other organizations. There was always a heavy flow of work, which led to an amazing learning experience. In addition, all the staff members were willing to guide and support the interns. This was crucial, considering how much information interns need to learn before they can perform duties well on their own.

    Cons

    As the internships are unpaid, it limits the length of time people can commit. Especially for the many international interns who need to pay for their own flights, accommodations and living expenses. However, the experience was well worth it, and I believe non-paid internships are standard for the UN, or at least for UNHCR.

    Advice to Management

    Sitting down with your interns and getting to know them when they first start is valuable - keep doing that! Also, try to check in on your interns a little more from time to time to show your appreciation.

  10. Working with vulnerable people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Associate in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Programmer Associate in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at UNHCR

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere, good working experience

    Cons

    overworking and too many bosses

    Advice to Management

    be more polite

  11. Great organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Intern - Program and Administrative in Ankara (Turkey)
    Former Intern - Program and Administrative in Ankara (Turkey)

    I worked at UNHCR as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    As an intern I learned so much. I had the responsibility of interviewing refugees and asylum-seekers who sought financial assistance. It was a really rewarding experience and I am so grateful for my time in the Ankara office. The staff was also so very nice!

    Cons

    The office was a bit far from where I lived.

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