UN Volunteer programme

If you are inspired to take concrete action for global peace and development, take a look at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.

Every year, up to 8,000 qualified and experienced women and men of some 160 different nationalities volunteer at least six months of their lives to help others. These UN Volunteers work in some 130 countries promoting peace, responding to disasters, empowering communities and helping to build sustainable livelihoods and lasting development.

UN Volunteers come from dozens of professional backgrounds but all of them are catalysts of positive change. They are encouraged to be creative and entrepreneurial, and foster volunteerism for peace and development both within and beyond their assignments. They work at the heart of communities in partnership with governments, United Nations agencies and civil society.

Being a UN Volunteer is not a career (you are currently limited to eight years of service); it is also not an entry route to the United Nations (you can apply to UN positions as an external candidate, but are expected to complete your UNV assignment). It is however rich with opportunities and experience and offers huge personal rewards.

As a UN Volunteer, you receive a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) which covers basic needs, housing and utilities. Additionally, UNV will provide a settling-in-grant, life, health, and permanent disability insurance, return airfares and a nominal resettlement allowance.

UNV is looking for a diverse cross-section of volunteers. Visit unvolunteers.org to find out more and register your details.

Qualifications Required

You are eligible for UN volunteer program if you have:-

  • A university degree or a diploma of higher education?
  • At least two years of professional experience?
  • At least age 25? (there is no upper age limit)
  • Working knowledge of English, French, Arabic or Spanish?
  • Work in a spirit of partnership and solidarity?
  • Motivated and dedicated to volunteerism?
  • Available for short-term assignments (six to 12 months)?
  • Ready to serve in hardship locations? (UNV supplies 30% of all international civilian UN peacekeeping personnel and 17% of UNHCR field personnel).