UNHCR takes a ZERO TOLERANCE approach to issues of misconduct, fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse. See below for more information, including confidential reporting of incidents.
What is misconduct?
All UNHCR staff members are bound by the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. Misconduct is defined as the failure by a staff member to abide by these rules and regulations. Misconduct can include:
- Embezzlement and procurement fraud
- Sexual exploitation and abuse
- Harassment (including mobbing)
- Assault, threats or retaliation
- Misrepresentation or false certification
- Abuse of authority
- Non-compliance with local laws and more
What is Fraud?
Fraud is any act that knowingly misleads or attempts to mislead someone to obtain a benefit. It includes the the offering, giving, receiving or soliciting anything of value to wrongly influence the actions of someone else.
UNHCR takes a ZERO TOLERANCE approach to issues of fraud by staff, partners, asylum-seekers and refugees, or any external actor.
How to Report Fraud?
- All issues of fraud can be reported to the local UNHCR office at [email protected]
- Asylum-seekers and refugees have the option to directly report Fraud to the Inspector General’s Office (IGO) in Geneva at:
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 0041 22 7397380
Telephone: 004122 739 8844
All complaints of Fraud are kept anonymous and confidential.
REPORTING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE BY HUMANITARIAN ACTORS
What is SEA?
Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) is any actual or attempted abuse of a position by UNHCR staff, partners or collaborators towards asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable persons, including for sexual purposes.
UNHCR takes a ZERO TOLERANCE approach to issues of sexual exploitation and abuse. This is considered a serious misconduct and can result in severe consequences.