The UN University Volunteer scheme enables young students enrolled in a University to broaden their personal and professional skills and gain experience in the field of international development and peace, while contributing to the work of the UN. In 2017, 98 UN University Volunteers served with 16 UN host entities in 34 countries, 75 per cent of them women.
I am living an experience of creativity, learning and contribution to promote gender equality in my country. I feel part of an awesome team who is always motivating me so I can give my best. Being a UN University Volunteer is an opportunity for youth who wants to be the change they want to see. --Natalia Garcia (Bolivia), national UN University Volunteer in Graphic Design, serving with the UN Resident Coordinator
UNV is a results-oriented talent provider that serves as an interlocutor between UN entities, funding partners and coordinating entities. In close consultation with UN partner host entities, UNV offers services such as assignment identification, candidate shortlisting, recruitment, and support during the onboarding and throughout the assignment, as well as access to a global community of volunteers, professionals in different domains.
UN host entities provide the volunteer with organizational onboarding, on-the-job training and ensure appropriate supervision. The onboarding process includes a thorough on-site induction and coaching to help a UN University Volunteer to understand the host entity’s work structure, priorities and organigram, as well as his/her own responsibilities.
My assignment was not a piece of cake, but a lifetime experience. Personally, the added value of volunteerism was ‘tolerance’. I believe that volunteering is the way to serve the community with warmth and tolerance, in order to realize a better future for everyone. --Takuya Azegami (Japan), international UN University Volunteer in Communications and Advocacy with UNV/UNDP in Uganda
Funding partners can be participating universities, governments, private sector, foundations or the actual UN host entities. The university may act as a partner in the process or as coordinating entity, and support or lead, for instance, on the identification of candidates and provision of face-to-face training.
In recent years, UNV has been implementing the UN University Volunteer scheme through:
• Cooperation with funding partners, such as with the Japanese Government and Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU); the Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS), supported by the Government of Hong Kong SAR (China); the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA); and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain).
• Direct placement of UN University Volunteers through UN partner projects.
The UN Volunteer and UN Agency Satisfaction Survey's 2016 revealed high satisfaction on both sides of the collaboration.
UN University Volunteers can be deployed with a UN host entity within their country (national assignment) or abroad (international assignment). The average pro forma cost for six months is US $19,700 (international assignment) and US $6,700 (national assignment). UN University Volunteers benefit from a monthly Volunteer Living Allowance, health and life insurance, as well as (if applicable) travel and a settling-in-grant.
The process to get a UN UN University Volunteer assignments vary based on the needs of the hosting UN entity.