International UNV volunteers serve in countries other than their own. They are recruited for specialized inputs to development programmes, and increasingly, in the areas of peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and UN-supported electoral processes. The UNV programme maintains a roster of candidates with relevant experience in these sectors. It covers more than 100 professional categories including, for example, programme/project development, administration, communications, community development, demobilization and reintegration, disaster prevention, humanitarian and civil affairs, engineering, environment, HIV/AIDS, medicine, human rights, logistics and election support. For more information, please contact:
The requirements to become an International UN Volunteer vary depending on the specific assignment. Generally, the following are the minimum requirements:
- University degree or higher technical diploma
- At least 25 years old (no upper age limit)
- Several years of relevant working experience , preferably at least five
- Good working knowledge of at least one of the three UN working languages English, French and Spanish
- Strong commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Ability to adjust to difficult living conditions
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
- Prior volunteering and/or working experience in a development country
Benefits of being a UN Volunteer:
The benefits of volunteering go beyond income. Foremost is the personal and professional satisfaction that an assignment brings to the UN volunteer. It can be challenging and rewarding and require you to use your skills in a new context. You can transfer useful knowledge while gaining a greater understanding of the issues affecting other people.
The United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme is unique in that it aims to facilitate technical cooperation between developing countries. The majority of serving UN Volunteers are from developing countries. By sending those UN Volunteers to other developing countries with similar socioeconomic conditions, the volunteers not only share their skills and experience, but they also learn more about the ways in which people in other countries deal with similar development challenges. This knowledge adds to the pool of resources available to their home countries following their return.
The registration process follows a few steps, all of which must be completed for your profile to be considered for assignments.
- First, submit some basic information to create an account in the UNV Global Talent Pool. You will receive an automated message with a link to verify your email address and activate your account.
- After successfully activating your account, you will receive a second message with a link to your profile. Click on the MY PROFILE link to enter your information regarding skills, educational qualifications and experience.
- After completing all the required fields, click on the SUBMIT MY PROFILE tab.
- You will receive an email confirming your successful registration. The email will include a registration number and other practical information for potential candidates.
Register now in the UNV Global Talent Pool