Unité is the Swiss association for personnel exchange in development cooperation. Our umbrella organisation currently unites 13 Swiss organisations.

Personnel development cooperation is a well-established element of Swiss development cooperation because it has a direct impact on the empowerment of local organisations in the Global South thanks to sustainable and equal partnerships. It entails the assignments of qualified experts as professional international volunteers in countries of the Global South. It is a form of dev. cooperation, which puts forward a fruitful encounter of individuals from different cultures ahead of money & technology.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-being
Quality Education
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Partnerships to achieve the Goals

How we work

Our member organisations work in close partnership with local organisations. The assignments are tailored to the needs of the beneficiaries and serve the populations regardless of ethnical or religious affiliation, gender or political orientation. The relationship between the Unité members and their partner organisations in the Global South is based on reciprocity, fairness, open dialogue, mutual efforts towards intercultural understanding, working together and learning from each other.

... and why

We aim to strengthen these local organizations so that they can meet the needs of local communities and positively influence the systems they live in. As an umbrella organization, Unité promotes and supports the quality of the development programmes of our member organisations in setting standards, providing training and conducting studies on the exchange of personnel in development cooperation.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

Land- und Forstwirtschaft
Diversity Management
Aus- und Weiterbildung
Gesundheit und Ernährung
Menschenrechte, Recht und Governance
Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie
Medien und Kommunikation
Kein Schwerpunkt (wenige Angestellte)
Entwicklung des Privatsektors
Soziale Entwicklung

As an umbrella organisation, Unité does not offer any assignments. But our member organisations do! Please refer to their websites to find out about any placement opportunities. You can find all the links to our members recruitment pages on our website.

Opportunities offered

Internships for students no
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates no
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities no
See current vacancies on cinfoPoste

Type of organisation


Field(s) of activity



Bern, Switzerland

Region(s) of operation

Lateinamerika und Karibik
Nahost und Nordafrika
Südostasien und Pazifik

Number of employees

In Switzerland:
Weniger als 20

Outside Switzerland:

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