Newly recruited UN Youth Volunteers funded by the Russian Federation at their assignment preparation training in Moscow.
Newly recruited UN Youth Volunteers funded by the Russian Federation at their assignment preparation training in Moscow.

Applications open for Russian citizens to become United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, is offering Russian nationals a unique opportunity to gain international experience and help the UN address the challenges of peace and sustainable development around the world.

Under a  partnership with the Government of the Russian Federation established in 2018, UNV is offering UN Volunteer assignments in different areas of expertise for Russian nationals.

Assignments are available for 2022-2023 in 10 different countries across the Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The UN Volunteers from the Russian Federation, selected on a highly competitive basis, will be deployed for one year to the UN programmes and projects in various countries to contribute to peace, sustainable development and prosperity, as well as to gain unique professional experience for their future careers in the UN and other international and national organizations. 

UNV assignments are available as international UN Youth Volunteers and international UN Volunteers, as per the below UNV assignments and listed eligibility criteria.

Through a one-year UN Volunteer placement in one of the 10 countries, Russian citizens will have the opportunity to act as agents of change in a variety of professional fields and contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals through volunteerism.

Eligibility criteria for UN Youth Volunteers:

  • Must be aged between 18 and 26 (UN Youth Volunteers must be 26 years or younger during the first year of contract);
  • Only Russian nationals are eligible to apply; applicants should have permanent residency in the Russian Federation; 
  • Have completed a Master degree or equivalent in a higher state educational institution of the Russian Federation and provide three professional references, with at least one referee residing in the Russian Federation;
  • Must have demonstrated commitment to peace and development through academic, extra-curricular and volunteer activities;
  • Must have working knowledge of English;
  • Youth with disabilities and youth from minority groups are highly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility criteria for international UN Volunteers:

  • Must be 27 years or above (no upper age limit);
  • Only Russian nationals are eligible to apply; applicants should have permanent residency in the Russian Federation;
  • Have completed at least one Master degree or equivalent in a higher state educational institution of the Russian Federation and provide three professional references, with at least one referee residing in the Russian Federation;
  • Must have at least three years of relevant work experience in a professional background;
  • Must have good working knowledge of at least one of the three working languages of UNV: English, French or Spanish
  • Strong commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism;
  • Respect for diversity and the ability to work in a multicultural environment;
  • Willingness to work with people and local organizations to draw upon the synergies between expert solutions and local knowledge;
  • The ability to adjust in difficult living conditions and sometimes remote locations;
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Prior volunteering and/or working experience in a developing country is an asset;

Below is the list of fully-funded assignments for 2022-23 available for Russian citizens. The deadline for applications is 4 December 2021. For further information, please contact the UNV Focal Point in the Russian Federation, Ms Alena Nazarova: alena((dot))nazarova((at))unv((dot))org.

New opportunities – apply now!

UN Volunteer assignments

 

Communication and Advocacy Support Officer with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Tajikistan

Public Health Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh

Climate Change Officer with UNDP in Kyrgyzstan

UN Youth Volunteer assignments

Partnerships Assistant with the WFP in Kyrgyzstan

MCH Technical Support Officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Lao PDR

Programme Analyst with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Myanmar

Program Assistant with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Oman

Associate Technical Officer with WHO in Pakistan

Financial Inclusion Associate with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Senegal

Reporting and Communication Junior Officer with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the State of Palestine

Nutrition Assistant with UNICEF in Venezuela

Monitoring/Evaluation, Reporting and Project Development Assistant with the International Office for Migration (IOM) in Madagascar

How to apply for UN Volunteer assignments?

  • Create an account in the Unified Volunteering Platform (UVP);
  • Choose one of the assignments for Russian citizens that matches your skills and knowledge;
  • Apply through your profile (application for multiple assignments is possible);
  • Regularly check your email – UNV will contact selected candidates by email;
  • Selected candidates will be invited to a Skype interview and if successful, will receive an offer of a UN Volunteer assignment.