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
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.