The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.
UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. With Field Presences in over 80 countries, UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.
Organizational structure and leadership
UNV is based in Bonn, Germany. UNV has a staff of around 150 at headquarters, and almost 7,000 volunteers deployed in the field.
Mr Olivier Adam took up his appointment as the Executive Coordinator of UNV on 2 January 2017.
At headquarters, our organizational structure is divided into two main areas, Volunteer Mobilization and Programme, led by Deputy Executive Coordinator Ms Nicola Harrington, and Management Services, led by Deputy Executive Coordinator Mr Toily Kurbanov. Additionally, the Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation Section falls under the Office of the Executive Coordinator.
UNV also has an Office in New York (ONY) which promotes volunteers and volunteerism through partnership development with Permanent Missions to the UN, UN partners headquartered in New York, civil society organizations and other NY-based partners. The ONY monitors policy and strategy developments at the UN in New York and works with UNV globally. Finally, the Office in New York organizes discussions, briefings and seminars on UNV and the importance of volunteerism for peace and sustainable development within and outside the UN.
Four Regional Offices in Bangkok (Asia and the Pacific), Dakar (West and Central Africa), Nairobi (East and Southern Africa) and Panama City (Latin America and the Caribbean) develop regional interventions to advance peace and development under the umbrella of the UNV Global Programmes. The Regional Offices also broker opportunities for the mobilization of UN Volunteers in support of the UN system’s country-level activities, as well as to widen spaces at the regional level for volunteerism as a form of civic engagement, through increased capabilities and regional partnerships with UN and non-UN entities. In addition, they provide technical assistance to UNV’s Field Units.
At the country level, UNV Field Units interact with UN entities to strategically and meaningfully integrate volunteerism into the implementation and delivery of their mandates. As part of this process, UNV works with UN entities to identify opportunities where volunteers add specific and unique value to development programmes and peacekeeping missions.
The Annual Report - UNV Advisory Panel on Disciplinary Measures (APDM) provides a summary of the activities carried out by the APDM during the year. The mandate of the APDM is to advise the Executive Coordinator on disciplinary matters involving UN Volunteers.
The main functions are to provide an objective review of independently investigated allegations of misconduct involving UN Volunteers, and recommend to the Executive Coordinator appropriate disciplinary measures or exoneration of UN Volunteers from allegations of misconduct.
The APDM further renders in-house advice, at the request of the Executive Coordinator and senior managers, concerning practical or theoretical questions with potential disciplinary implications.