Apply: UN Volunteer Programme 2020

Deadline: 08 March, 2020
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. The programme works with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board.

Volunteering abroad is an unbeatable opportunity to serve as a global citizen. UN international volunteers promote peace and development in communities around the globe while upholding the ideals and aspirations of the United Nations. UN international volunteers come from 160 countries, representing many cultures and backgrounds. They bring a wide variety of perspectives and approaches which lends a dynamism to the experience.


Allowances are given to volunteers. The purpose of allowances is to enable UN international volunteers to sustain a modest and secure standard of living at their duty stations. The allowances are in no way to be understood as a compensation, reward or salary in exchange for the volunteer work.

Allowances provided are:

    • Volunteer living allowance, which is a monthly allowance intended to cover basic living expenses (this is not a salary)
    • Travel expenses allowance for travel to duty station upon appointment and for repatriation at the end of the assignment
    • Settling-in-grant, which is calculated on the duration of the assignment and paid at the beginning of the assignment
    • Insurances (life, health, and permanent disability)
    • Annual leave
    • Resettlement allowance, which is calculated based on the duration of the assignment, paid upon satisfactory completion of the assignment.



The volunteer positions are open to citizens and residents from all regions of the world.

The minimum requirements to serve as a UN international volunteer are:

  • Be 25 years old and older (no upper age limit)
  • Hold a university degree or higher technical diploma
  • Have at least two years of relevant work experience in a professional background
  • Have good working knowledge of at least one of UNV’s three working languages: English, French or Spanish
  • Show commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism
  • Have the ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Show willingness to work with people and local organisations, to draw upon the synergies between expert solutions and local knowledge
  • Have the ability to adjust to difficult living conditions and sometimes remote locations
  • Have strong interpersonal and organisational skills


Note that prior volunteering and/or working experience in a developing country is an asset.

To apply and for more information, click here.


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