Become a UN Volunteer

Special calls for volunteers
Below are special calls for assignments currently in demand. We only advertise positions here when seeking applicants for a specific area of professional expertise and/or for projects that require larger numbers of UN Volunteers. In order to be considered for these special calls, you must first register your profile in the UNV Global Talent Pool. Each of these special calls has a unique code which you must directly select from your profile page.
You can find this code and application instructions in the last paragraph of the description of assignment, available once you click in the boxes below. Please note that this is not a complete list of all current UN Volunteer opportunities. The majority of assignments are filled by candidates whose profiles are matched directly from our Global Talent Pool. Less often, opportunities to volunteer online are also advertised here.
Calculate your entitlements as a UN Volunteer

The estimates shown on this web page are merely for the purpose of budget preparation and may change from time to time. While UNV makes every attempt to ensure that information is up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose.

Frequently asked questions

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We remind you that UNV does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees). Applicants should be aware that scams in recruitment may lead to fraudulent actions if they have provided personal information. Unsolicited communications asking for fees are fraudulent. Please visit this page for more information.

How long does it take to be deployed as a UN Volunteer?

UNV strives to deploy volunteers within 4-6 weeks after initial contact with the candidate.

Who can I contact if I have a question that isn’t answered here?

Please write to: for any further questions you may have.

Do international UN Volunteers receive any financial and/or other benefits?

The key benefit of being a UN Volunteer is the personal satisfaction the volunteer assignment brings you as you make a positive impact on peace and development. However, UNV supports you during your assignment in several ways, e.g. through a monthly volunteer living allowance, annual leave, and medical insurance. For more details, please refer the Conditions of Service for international UN Volunteers.

How long are UN Volunteer assignments?

The vast majority of assignments are based on six to twelve month renewable contracts with the expectation that the UN Volunteer will serve a year or more. Maximum length of service is four years. Please refer to the Conditions of Service for international UN Volunteers for more details.

  • 6590
    UN Volunteers were deployed worldwide in 2016
    82 %
    UN Volunteers are from countries of the Global South
    UN Volunteers serve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, most of them in the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO (2016)