Volunteer to work with the United Nations and contribute to peace and development of your hosting nation. This Opportunity is open to all volunteers worldwide and strictly on volunteerism and volunteers are highly remunerated.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.
The organisation works with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.
Approximately 2,000 assignments become available per year. The United Nations Volunteers is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board.
Volunteering abroad presents its self as an opportunity for you to serve as a global citizen. International UN Volunteers promote peace and development in communities around the globe, while upholding the ideals and aspirations of the United Nations.
These Volunteers come from 160 countries, representing many cultures and backgrounds, bringing a wide variety of perspectives and approaches.
The international UN Volunteer assignment will make a lasting impact, creating a ripple effect that extends far beyond the immediate results of volunteer’s efforts.
As an international UN Volunteer, you will learn about different cultures, expand your networks, and study foreign languages and gain matchless professional and life experiences.
You can join the program with an initial contract of 6 to 12 months. This sometimes is subject to extension sometimes for one to two years. Short-term assignments of three months or less are also requested from time to time UN partners.
As a volunteer, you will receive allowances as per the UN working code.
The purpose of allowances is to enable international UN Volunteers to sustain a modest and secure standard of living at the duty station therefore, allowances are in no way to be understood as a compensation, reward or salary in exchange for the volunteer work.
You are eligible for a monthly allowance intended to cover basic living expenses
Duty station upon appointment and for repatriation at the end of the assignment will provide the required travel allowances
You are eligible for a settling-in-grant. This is calculated on the duration of assignment, paid at the beginning of the assignment
Volunteers receive insurances covering life, health and permanent disability.
You will receive an annual leave if you work for more than 3 months
A resettlement allowance calculated based on the duration of your work
In order to be recruited as a UN Volunteer, you have to fulfil the minimum requirements as described below
A preferred candidate should have a university degree or higher technical diploma
Have at least two years of relevant work experience in a professional background
You must have the ability to adjust in difficult living conditions and sometimes remote locations and fit in as part of your community interactions
Applicants are usually 25 years old and older
You should have a good working knowledge of at least one of UNV’s three working languages that is, English, French or Spanish
Commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism
Have the willingness to work with people and local organizations to draw upon the synergies between expert solutions and local knowledge and have the ability to work in a multicultural environment
If you have prior volunteering and/or working experience in a developing country, you may have an added advantage
You will have to complete the registration process by following a few steps. These steps must be carefully completed for your profile to be considered for the program
You will submit some basic information to create an account in the UNV Global Talent Pool after which you will be prompted to go to your email to activate your account.
After activating your account, go back to the application portal and click on your profile and file in all required information. This information includes: Education, Nationality, place of birth and residence, experience, reference details etc.
Click on save and submit upon completion of all required information. There after an email would be sent to you confirming your complete registration.