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.

Frequently asked questions

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

The time between the creation of the Description of Assignment by the requesting host agency, the posting of the vacancy announcement, the recruitment process and the selection of the candidate varies greatly, but should ideally take 4 to 6 weeks.

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

Please write to: roster@unv.org for any further questions you may have.

I have a question that isn’t answered here. Whom can I contact?

Please write to roster@unv.org for any further questions you may have.

Do 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.

How can I become a UN Volunteer for an assignment abroad?

You need to register your profile in the UNV talent pool, here. The registration process takes about 45 minutes to complete and consists of two parts.

Part 1: Familiarize yourself with essential information for potential UN Volunteers and submit basic information to create your account in the UNV candidate pool. You will automatically receive a message asking you to verify your email address. By clicking on the link provided in the automated message, you activate your UNV account.

Part 2: After the successful activation of your UNV account, you will receive a second message with a link to ‘MyProfile’. Here you need to enter all the required details regarding your skills, educational qualifications and experience. Click on the “Submit My Profile” tab to complete the registration process.

As confirmation of your successful registration, you will receive a third message with your registration number and other practical information for potential candidates. Your UNV profile will only be considered for upcoming volunteer assignments after completion of this second part of the registration process.

You can update your profile at any time on this website.

To make sure you receive our messages, please add the following email addresses to your list of contacts before you start registering: ereta@unv.org, idm@unv.org and roster@unv.org

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    UN Volunteers are from countries of the Global South
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