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United Nations Volunteers
(
UNV
)

UNV supports peace and development through the promotion of volunteerism and the mobilisation of volunteers worldwide.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Through its double missions, it works with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into UN agencies, both in development programmes and peacekeeping operations.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-being
Quality Education
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation
Affordable and Clean Energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life Below Water
Life on Land
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Partnerships to achieve the Goals

How we work

At the country level, UNV Regional Offices and Field Units interact with UN entities to strategically and meaningfully integrate volunteerism into the implementation and delivery of their mandates. As part of this process, UNV works with UN entities to identify opportunities where volunteers add specific and unique value to development programmes and peacekeeping missions.

... and why

Once primarily a provider of volunteers to the United Nations (UN) system in support of programme countries, UNV has evolved in terms of the size and spread of its mandate, results and activities, driven by the changing external environment for peace, development and the eradication of poverty, by the wider acknowledgment of the role of volunteerism globally and by intergovernmental legislation.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

Agriculture and Forestry
Banking and Finance
Construction
Diversity Management
Documentation
Economics
Education and Training
Environment and Disaster Risk Management
External Relations
Health and Nutrition
Human Resources Management
Human Rights, Law and Governance
Information and Communication Technology
Media and Communication
Migration
Monitoring and Evaluation
Political Affairs and Peacekeeping
Private Sector Development
Security and Safety
Social Development
Supply Chain Management

Why you should consider a UNV assignment:

- You will gain direct exposure to the UN system and valuable field experience
- It is your chance to engage in non-profit and sustainable development work
- Gain an intercultural experience
- Travel, living cost and other expenses are covered
- You may apply even if you have no prior experience with the UN or in the field
- There is no upper age limit for candidates
- It may be a starting point for a career with the UN

Opportunities offered

Internships for students yes
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates yes
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities yes
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Type of organisation

UN organisation

Field(s) of activity

Development Cooperation
Humanitarian Aid
Peace Promotion and Human Security

Headquarters

Bonn, Germany

Region(s) of operation

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and Northern Africa
North America
South/East Asia and Pacific
Sub-Saharan Africa
Switzerland
Western and Central Europe

Number of employees

In Switzerland:
Less than 20

Outside Switzerland:
More than 1000

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