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Vacancy: Become a United Nations Paid Volunteer

UN Paid Volunteers are between 18 and 55 years old, and work with UN agencies on the front lines of political,
developmental and humanitarian operations.

Who are UN Volunteers?
UN Volunteers are a separate category of UN Volunteers recently created in response to the United Nations
Secretary-General’s call for greater engagement in volunteerism of history’s largest generation of people. UN
Volunteers help the United Nations – one of the world’s most important intergovernmental organizations – to
fulfill its mission. These volunteers are assigned to host United Nations agencies to work on the front-lines of
political, developmental and humanitarian field operations. UN Volunteers are people aged 18 to 55 years who
want to engage in development and peace initiatives worldwide.

What do UN Volunteers do?
As a UN Volunteer, you will help advance peace and sustainable development either in your own country or in
another country around the globe. You will help people to lead healthier and safer lives and communities to be
able to better address present and future challenges.

UN Volunteer positions are wide-ranging; you may work in human rights, climate change adaptation, primary
health care, disaster management, peace building, youth engagement or many other areas. You may work
directly in a United Nations agency or be assigned to one of its partner organizations, a university or the

In return, you will be rewarded with an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Your
engagement as a UN Volunteer will be an opportunity to change the world for the better while simultaneously
honing your own skills, gaining knowledge and a better understanding of the realities of international
development and peacebuilding.

How long is the assignment?
Because UN Volunteers are sponsored by United Nations agencies, their partners, governments or academic
institutions, the length of assignment depends on the requesting entity’s needs. Most UN Volunteer assignments
are between six and 24 months. On occasion, national and international UN Youth Volunteer assignments are
less than six months and they are referred to as ‘short-term’ assignments.

When UN Volunteers are sponsored by an academic institution, they are called UN University Volunteers. UN
University Volunteers undertake shorter duration assignments – generally between three and six months.

UN Volunteers receive a basic living allowance that allows the volunteer to live healthily and safely in the
assigned area. If you volunteer outside of your home area, return airfare or land transport (as applicable) and
some other basic costs are paid by the host agency. You will receive orientation and training before and after
your assignment.

Who qualifies as a UN Volunteer?
The UN Volunteer programme is looking for motivated and talented youth between the ages of 18 and 55.
(Note: you must be younger than 55 throughout the duration of your service). The educational background and experience required vary by assignment, but generally, both graduates and non-graduates are eligible to apply.

How To Apply:

  • All UN Volunteer assignments to volunteer abroad application is only online.
  • Use the Application link provided on this website to start your application free of charge.
  • Start your application online here.

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  1. thank u for this opportuanity for youth.
    i am to be a mumeber of this program.

  2. Hello!I am from Nepal.I have completed graduation in Social work.and I’ll be very lucky if I get an opportunity to work as an Un volunteer in any relevant field. Heartly hoping for ur good regards.

  3. Hello,my name is James from Freetown sierra Leone. I am will to work at the united nation as a volunteer. I have a diploma in peace and conflict and I will be graduating in September 2018 with Bachelor’s in peace and conflict. I will be greatful if I am considered to be part of the volunteer team so that I can add value to my area of study.

  4. I would love to be apart of UN . Can u please tell me how can I apply for paid volunteer

  5. Thank you

  6. Abitekaniza Keneth

    I am ready to work with you if given a Chance. I work in field of children because I have there experience of four years working with orphanage school and when I’m in charge of them. So if given an opportunity I can.
    Thank you

  7. I am interested to join.Please guide me how to process for it.Thank you.

  8. How will I apply to become a UN volunteer. I am a Solomon Islander.

  9. anjan kumar gautam

    I m ready to join this opportunity ! please have me there!

    • Ashashashi Bishwas

      I am a student of Social Work. I recently volunteered to different national and international organizations. I think I am capable of working as volunteer being a part of UN. this would be a golden opportunity for me towards my studies.

  10. Lucas moniz barreto

    Hallo i’m from east timor I would like to apply for this calling and I would like to be apart of UN.
    Can you explain all to me how to apply for this calling. Thanks.

  11. Vijay Bahadur Kshetri

    I would like to work with UN as Volunteer. I am a graduated in Information Technology.

  12. I have helped in charity organisations in papua new guinea and am really really interested to work as a volunteer anyway around the globe since i have relatives whom are volunteers with Red cross international in sudan Pls supply me information on how i can apply

  13. Dear Sir/Mme
    I am a Cameroonian who owns a bachelor’s degree in English, specialised in British Literature. I am currently engaged in my master’s research and I will also equally like to be recruited in your oraganisation.
    While waiting, I remain for faithful Sir/Mme

  14. I am Arezo Osmani and I graduated from social science on 2016. Also, I am very interested to join this opportunity.

  15. I am an Ethiopian and graduated master of public health. I am eager to join this kind of volunteerism.

  16. Representing myself as an interested candidate in relevent field.I may be good performer if once i could receive this opportunity.

  17. Hello, I am Binita from Nepal.This is really great opportunity I would love to volunter and appreciate if provided chance.

  18. I am Omodara Femi. I am interested in this wonderful opportunity and I would be glad if am given this opportunity to add value to my world. Thanks!!!

  19. I am Suraj Dhakal and I am curently persuing my Bachelors in Physics. I live in Nepal and I want to be a part of this programe.

  20. Chamila Kurukulasuriya

    I am a medical doctor from Sri Lanka.

  21. Mbonigaba jean de Dieu

    I am interested


    I’m a Tanzanian who owns a Bachelor degree of Arts with Education .I’m very interested to join this opportunity .

  23. Mirriam Chafulumila

    I am representing myself as an interested person given a chance to work. Am a hard working person.if given an opportunity will surely work with passion.

  24. Phonnie Mokorodoga

    Am interested.

  25. I Markwin Awae and am 27 years old. I am very interested for this great opportunities.

    I am from Papua New Guinea. Currently am undertaking a post graduate program at Divine Word University in Business Studies through Flexible learning in PNG.

    I also graduated with a Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management.

    With the Tourism knowledge acquired, I’m interested to tap into Eco-Tourism to promote safer wildlife and eco system project in line with the climate change goals to minimise pollution and many more currently affecting South Pacific Nations.

    I’m always willing to learn and meet the challenges ahead of me and if I’m given the opportunity will try to the best of my ability to contribute immensly to country.

  26. My name is Grace Tocher.I am studying teaching at The University of Namibia.
    I would really be grateful for the opportunity to work with UN.I love children and am studying to be a primary school teacher.I would like to work with children.


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