United Nations Volunteers
  • UN Volunteers directly mobilizes up to 8,000 volunteers every year.
  • Eight out of ten UN Volunteers come from developing countries themselves.
  • More than a third of all UN Volunteers work within their own countries.
  • Almost half of all UN Volunteers are female. More than 1 in 4 UN Volunteers is younger than 29. UNV makes special efforts to recruit people with disabilities.
  • In 2017, almost 18,000 people volunteered over the internet through the UNV Online Volunteering service.
  • Based in Bonn, Germany, UNV is represented worldwide through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA.

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 entities and civil society.

Being a UN Volunteer is not a career (you are currently limited to four years of service), but it is 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: just like you. Be our inspiration in action. Join this team of remarkable people and make real change happen.

Take the first step and visit www.unv.org to find out more and register your details, or go directly to the special calls for UN Volunteer assignments.

Are you ready to be a volunteer?

  • Do you have a university degree or a diploma of higher education?
  • Do you have a working knowledge of English, French, Arabic or Spanish?
  • Is it important for you to work in a spirit of partnership and solidarity?
  • Are you motivated by and dedicated to volunteerism?
  • Are you available for short-term assignments (six to 12 months)?
  • Are you ready to serve in hardship locations? (UNV supplies 25% of all international civilian UN peacekeeping personnel and 17% of UNHCR field personnel).

 

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