United Nations Volunteers
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)
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.
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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
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"For me, this was a chance to really help change the system, to support the UN in fortifying the country’s laws and its judicial system."
Michele De Aquino
UN Volunteer Rule of Law Officer with UNMISS
"The goal of volunteering with the UN is to increase my thematic and practical expertise so that, in turn, I can enhance the peacebuilding prospects in Ukraine."
UN Youth Volunteer Peacebuilding Programme Assistant with the IOM
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