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UNV Regional Websites

UNV works in 150 countries and territories, deploying UN Volunteers to advance sustainable development at grassroots level. Explore our work in the different regions of the world.

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East and Southern Africa
East and Southern Africa
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West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa
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Arab States
Arab States
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Europe and the CIS
Europe and the CIS
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Latin America
Latin America and the Caribbean
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Asia and the Pacific
Asia and the Pacific
Are you ready to become an international UN Volunteer?
You can contribute your time, skills and knowledge through volunteering with the UN. This is an opportunity to create a positive impact and be a significant force for achieving peace and development. Make a difference to the lives of many!
Volunteer abroad with the UN

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 project
    development, 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 external
    relations); engineering (civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering), health (general medicine, public health)...
Volunteer Opportunities
We regularly publish selected volunteer opportunities. You must first create your profile in the UNV Global Talent Pool to apply. Some assignments are not published because they are filled by candidates whose profiles are matched directly from our Global Talent Pool. Some sponsored assignments may have additional eligibility criteria, which you will find in the PDF file linked to the special call.
  • 8,239
    UN Volunteers were deployed worldwide in 2019
    4,254
    were international UN Volunteers
    %
    51 %
    of UN Volunteers were women