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United Nations Volunteer programmes in Abroad

Core reasons to work with UNV:

  • International UN Volunteers foster peace and development in communities around the globe while upholding the dreams and aspirations of the United Nations.
  • They come from 160 countries, illustrating many cultures and backgrounds, and bring a wide variety of views and procedures.
  • Your international UN Volunteer job will enable you to make a lasting influence. It can create a ripple impact that extends far beyond the immediate results of your efforts.
  • As an international UN Volunteer, you will learn about various cultures and languages, grow your networks, and achieve unmatched professional and life experiences.
  • Volunteering abroad is an unbeatable chance to serve as a global citizen. International UN Volunteers foster peace and development in communities around the globe while upholding the ideals and aspirations of the United Nations.
  • You will enter the singular part of global citizenship. Facing challenges together with community members and fellow United Nations workers often creates lasting bonds.
  • After volunteering abroad, you can be sure that your curriculum vitae will stand out. Employers value the ability to adapt, to think outside the box, and to embrace diversity. The enriching professional and life experiences you have gained through volunteering will not go unnoticed.
  • Volunteering abroad is an outstanding chance to do something meaningful and to support peace and development initiatives in countries that need them most. By giving back, you will gain an incredible sense of fulfillment and will reap the dividends for the rest of your life.
  • International UN Volunteers help local volunteer initiatives, strengthen community capacities, promote ownership and sustainability of development activities, and contribute toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • You will engage actively with United Nations development and peacekeeping partners and within neighborhoods, responding to development priorities and necessities in countries facing poverty and socio-economic challenges, humanitarian crises, conflict and post-conflict situations or experiencing fragile peace. Through your expertise, you will enable the influential delivery of programmes and mandates of our partner United Nations entities.

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Eligibility criteria for UNV:

  • The minimum age to serve as an international UN Volunteer is 18 years old, however, there are specific requirements for different categories: UN Youth Volunteers, including University Volunteers, must be aged 18-26, UN Volunteer specialists must be at least 27 years old, and UN Expert Volunteers must be 35 years of age and above.
  • There may also be requirements of appropriate professional and academic experience, as well as language proficiency. Refer to the Description of Assignment for the UN Volunteer assignment for which you are applying for details.
  • All UN Volunteers must display a dedication to the values and principles of volunteerism and the mandated activities of the United Nations and the UN Charter, and an ability to work in a multicultural environment and with local partners and communities.
  • They should be prepared to adjust to tough living conditions in sometimes remote locations.
  • UN Volunteers should be professional, with strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

Read more: Everything about Volunteer programme at the United Nations

Condition of Assitance:

  • International UN Volunteer assignments may generally run from three to 12 months, with the potential of expanding contracts up to a maximum period of four years. UN Youth Volunteers may serve from six months to two years, and UN University Volunteers from three to six months. See more below.
  • International UN Volunteers are entitled to certain allowances to help with their assignment. Allowances are in no way to be understood as compensation, reward, or salary in exchange for volunteer work. The aim of allowances is to enable UN Volunteers to sustain a secure standard of living during their assignments.
  • Kindly refer to the new Unified Conditions of Service in EnglishFrench, and Spanish
  • Serving UN Volunteers may refer to the Changes to the UN Volunteer Conditions of Service and update on the Unified Volunteering Platform published in advance of the launch of the same on 1 October 2021.

Check for more benefits and allowances of the UNV programme HERE.

Profiles in high demand possess:

  • Development and project management (community development, environment, programme and project development, project management, monitoring and evaluation);
  • Legal affairs (human rights, protection, resettlement, reintegration, repatriation, refugee status determination, child protection);
  • Political science (civil affairs, political affairs);
  • Public information (reporting and external relations);
  • Engineering (civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering); and
  • Health (general medicine, public health).

Check this too: Guide to Online United Nations Volunteer Programmes

How to apply:

  • UN Volunteer assignments are announced on our Unified Volunteering Platform.
  • In order to apply for assignments, nominees must register in our Global Talent Pool. ( Guide for application process HERE)
  • The registration process follows a few simple steps, all of which must be completed before you can apply for onsite or online volunteering assignments.
  • You can update your UNV profile at any time, and you should access it at least once a year to keep it active.


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