National UNV volunteers (NUNV) are composed of two categories: NUNV Specialist and National UN Youth Volunteer. They work in their own country and often serve in ‘mixed teams’ with international UNV volunteers. They are most often recruited to work on community-based development projects with participatory approaches.


What exactly does a national UN Volunteer do?

National UN Volunteers frequently wear many hats.
The types of activities in which national UN Volunteers engage include:

  • strengthening capacities of local communities so they can participate effectively in development activities and gain access to government services;
  • fostering social inclusion and empowerment of marginalized communities and persons;
  • encouraging national and local volunteer initiatives; and
  • promoting sustainability and local ownership of development and peacebuilding activities.


National UN Volunteer Specialist Requirements

National UN Volunteer Specialists should meet all of the following criteria:

  • A bachelor’s or higher degree from accredited university
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience following higher education
  • Minimum 22 years old (no upper age limit)
  • Excellent communication skills in English


National UN Youth Volunteer Requirements

National UN Youth  Volunteer should meet all of the following criteria:

  • Age between 18-29 years
  • 0 – 2 years working experience
  • Maximum duration is 2 years
  • Excellent communication skills in English


Selection of NUNV volunteers is highly competitive and subject to demands from requesting agencies. The recruitment of national UN volunteers is managed at the country level.


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  1. Muchinapaya Tinomudaishe

    How do someone volunteer

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