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.
Supplementary forms and handbooks are also available to download below: please follow the advice of your headquarters contact on how to proceed.
Click below to download files
Conditions of Service (1.12 mb) Promoting Volunteerism for Peace and Development (2.57 mb) How do I fit in? (3.71 mb) DPKO book for the field (1.28 mb) Entry Medical Exam Form (293 kb) Guideline Document en 1 (122 kb) Medical Certificates Short Term Assignments (80 kb) Security In The Field (112 kb) Vendor Form for Volunteers (124 kb) P158 Medical Clearance Request to UNJMS (80 kb)
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