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Conditions of Service (COS) Handbook
UN Volunteers can download PDF files of the Conditions of Service Handbook and appendices by clicking below. You will need Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer to read them.

The purpose of the Handbook is:

(a) to establish a set of general principles and specific guidelines that govern the conditions of service for international UN Volunteers and ensure that they are reasonable and fair; and

(b) to bring consistency in the administration of these conditions of service across countries.

These principles and guidelines reflect the volunteer nature of UNV assignments and establish their relation to the framework and context of work of the United Nations system.

The goal sought is to ensure an environment for UN Volunteers which:

(i) assists them in contributing towards achieving the goals and objectives of the UNV programme and, through it, towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including building local capacity in the countries of assignment; and

(ii) provides a unique opportunity to develop their own professional and personal skills as well as to reinforce their commitment to volunteerism.

Some workflow maps below:

International UN Volunteer recruitment process from registration of an applicant/candidate to arrival of a UN Volunteer

National UN Volunteer recruitment process in details

Management of an assignment

Management assignment: Contract Extension

Changes during assignment

End of assignment

Supplementary forms and handbooks are also available to download below:

please follow the advice of your headquarters contact on how to proceed.

UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)