Service Line: UN Volunteer deployment at headquarters duty stations

Specialist UN Volunteers and UN Youth Volunteers can be placed at headquarters of UN entities to enhance the onsite capacity and efficiently support UN personnel that administrates developmental, humanitarian and peace initiatives.
Three UN Volunteers working with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to recruit and manage more than 650 volunteers to support the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany. (UNV, 2017)

This service line opens up opportunities for young talent management programmes, an alternative to UN unpaid internships schemes and traineeship experience. The service line enables the placement for up to two years of UN Youth Volunteers, who are keen to gain firsthand experience within the UN system. It increases the spectrum of opportunities made available for motivated young professionals to be exposed to UN policies on development, peacebuilding, peacekeeping and disaster risk reduction, among others, to have the chance to accumulate ideas and generate impact, and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism.


The service line is designed to foster innovation in a culturally diverse environment and to affirmatively promote gender equality in recruitment and selection. Advocating and facilitating the implementation of gender mainstreaming throughout the UN and complementing it with targeted efforts on an institutional level via appropriate assignment modalities, UNV establishes itself as a centerpiece in ensuring women are a driving force in all aspects of programme delivery.


The UN Volunteer deployments at headquarters duty stations take into consideration interested candidates from the Global South to consolidate its role and integration within the UN as a key priority to advance dialogue and cooperation and generate future chances for collaboration in development, peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs.


We have deployed UN Volunteers in the headquarters of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in New York, and an international UN Volunteer has also been deployed in our headquarters of Bonn, Germany.


Broad consultations with UN entities led to the establishment of UNV service lines. These embody a set of standardized volunteer services based on standard Descriptions of Assignments dedicated to facilitate developmental efforts across UN entities.



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> Last update: 27 July 2018