The first step to volunteer abroad with the UN is to determine whether you meet the minimum requirements (see below). If this is the case, register your profile in our Global Talent Pool. Profiles from the Talent Pool are then matched with assignments offered by UN partner agencies. Approximately 2,000 assignments become available per year. Most assignments are filled through the Global Talent Pool without being advertised. Only special calls for assignments in highly specialized areas or in high demand are advertised via this website (scroll down the page.)
International UN Volunteers promote peace and development in communities around the globe, while upholding the ideals and aspirations of the United Nations.International UN Volunteers come from 160 countries, representing many cultures and backgrounds. They bring a wide variety of perspectives and approaches.Your international UN Volunteer assignment will make a lasting impact. It can create a ripple effect that extends far beyond the immediate results of your efforts.As an international UN Volunteer, you will learn about different cultures, expand your networks, study foreign languages and gain matchless professional and life experiences...The minimum requirements to serve as an international UN Volunteer are: 25 years old and older (no upper age limit); university degree or higher technical diploma;At least two years of relevant work experience in a professional background; good working knowledge of English, Spanish or French;Commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism; ability to work in a multicultural environment; willingness to work with people and local organizations;Ability to adjust in difficult living conditions and sometimes remote locations; strong interpersonal and organizational skills...International UN Volunteer assignments generally run for six to 12 months, with the possibility of extending for one to two years.Short-term assignments are also requested by our partners from time to time. International UN Volunteers are entitled to certain allowances.Allowances are in no way to be understood as a compensation, reward or salary in exchange for the volunteer work.The purpose of allowances for volunteers is to enable them to sustain a secure standard of living in their duty stations...Profiles in high demand include development and project management (community development, environment, programme and projectdevelopment, project management, monitoring and evaluation); Legal affairs (human rights, protection, resettlement, reintegration, repatriation,refugee status determination, child protection); Political science (civil affairs, political affairs); public information (reporting and externalrelations); engineering (civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering), health (general medicine, public health)...
When large-scale emergencies like the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the 2016 Ecuador earthquake or the current Syrian refugee crisis occur, a coordinated rapid response is critical in ensuring that the UN system can cope with the demands. With that in mind, UNV is re-building its rapid response capacity in the following 5 areas: Protection, Information Management, Logistics, Water and Sanitation and Monitoring and Evaluation.
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Frequently asked questions
If you are already registered in UNV database of candidates and have your roster number, or if you have started your registration in our database, please follow the three steps outlined below:
- Access your UNV profile on our Volunteer Mobilization and Management platform at https://vmam.unv.org;
- Click on the "My Profile" tab;
- In the "Personal Information" section, please choose the option "Yes" for the field "I am interested in serving in my own country" field, and click on the blue button ✓ to record it.
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If you have not yet created your UNV account, please follow these steps:
- Start your registration at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup;
- Tick the box "I am interested in serving in my own country" before you click on the "Sign up" button;
- Follow the instructions to register your UNV profile and once you have completed your registration, you will be part of the national UNV talent pool in your country.
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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.
No. In your profile, you can mention preferences for duty stations or countries you believe you are more suitable for. However, candidates are identified for UNV assignments primarily based on the best match between their skills and the specific requirements of the assignment.
It depends. The status of the duty station (family or non-family duty station) and the requirements of the assignment determine whether or not dependents can accompany the UN Volunteer. Factors considered are for example the nature of the assignment, security concerns or the availability of certain services.
UNV accepts registrations from couples wishing to volunteer together. However, given that we are a demand-driven programme, it is very rare that couples are selected at the same time for the same duty station. In some cases, when a candidate accepts a UNV assignment in a family duty station, his/her legally recognized partner can accompany the UN Volunteer as a dependent. The partner can then look for volunteer opportunities locally, provided the authorities of the host country do not object.