United Nations International Volunteers Program

Useful Programs United Nations International Volunteers Program

International UN Volunteers promote peace and development in communities around the globe, while upholding the ideals and aspirations of the United Nations. They support local volunteer initiatives, strengthen community capacities, foster ownership and sustainability of development activities and contribute toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Please, check out the link to the official website HERE.

  1. Requirements
  • Good working knowledge of English, Spanish or French;
  • 25 or older (no upper age limit) in the time of application;
  • University degree or higher technical diploma;
  • At least two years of relevant work experience in a professional background;
  • Willingness to serve in any location worldwide, including hardship and non family duty stations.
  1. Selection Process

i) Vacancy Search

Vacancies are open throughout the year, following the requests of UN partner agencies to support their peace and development programs. Though there are some job openings advertised on the UNVs website and social media, most of the vacancies are not published online – instead, they are filled with the candidates who are registered in the Global Talent Pool.

ii) Online Application

If you are interested in becoming an International UN Volunteer and meet the minimum
requirements, you should register your profile and fill the required information in the Global Talent Pool.

iii) Screening

When the opportunities arise, candidates’ profiles in the Global Talent Pool are assessed based on the requirements of the job. Matched candidates are contacted and given the specific details of the assignment, after which they can confirm their interest and availability.

iv) Interview
Further recruitment stages normally consist of one or a series of interviews conducted via telephone/Skype. Throughout the interview process, candidates need to demonstrate a proven record of their technical expertise, motivation and attitude to volunteerism in the country, as well as other personal qualities, such as team spirit and leadership, that are likely to make them successful in their assignments as National UN Volunteers. To succeed at this stage, you should take the time to prepare and practice for both technical and competency-based questions.

v) Offer
Successful candidates are assigned to work at the office of the United Nations or its partner entity. Though International UN Volunteers do not receive a salary per se, they are entitled to certain allowances to sustain a secure standard of living in duty stations, including a living allowance, travel expenses, settling-in-grant, insurance, and annual leave.