Volunteer opportunities with the United Nations worldwide and online (funded)

Deadline : 01 Jan 2021

Nonprofit organization: United Nations

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Volunteer opportunities with the United Nations worldwide and online (funded)

The United Nations Volunteers Program offers people from around the world the opportunity to participate in its volunteer programs, which last for 6 to 12 months.

When needed to perform a volunteer mission, the United Nations Volunteers program on the website looks for profiles that meet the mission's requirements, then contacts the corresponding candidates with specific details of the task, and they can confirm their interest and availability. A short list of available candidates shall be prepared for the selection process. Only when there are difficult tasks or missions that require high expertise in the field and several people to undertake them - such as post-natural or post-conflict tasks - then UNV will advertise them through the website, as well as through professional institutions and social media. But even in these cases, candidates must register on the site.

Voluntary work includes:

  • Volunteer abroad.
  • Volunteering in the participant's country.

Incentives and allowances

The purpose of the allowances is to enable international United Nations Volunteers to maintain a modest and secure standard of living at the duty station. The allowances shall not be considered as compensation, remuneration or pay for voluntary work.

The allowances offered are:

  1. Volunteer Allowance: Monthly expense to cover basic living expenses (this is not a salary).
  2. Travel expenses Travel to the duty station upon appointment and repatriation at the end of the mission.
  3. Accommodation Allowance: Costs calculated on the basis of the duration of the assignment, paid at the beginning of the appointment to volunteer.
  4. Insurance: life, health, and disability insurance.
  5. annual vacation.
  6. Change of place of residence: calculated on the basis of the duration of the task, paid upon completing the task successfully.

Qualifying criteria for the voluntary program

First check if you meet the minimum requirements below so you can register through the program website:

Applicants must:

  • Be 25 years of age or older (no age limit).
  • Has a university degree or a high technical diploma.
  • Has at least two years of relevant practical and professional experience.
  • Has a good command of at least one of the three working languages of the United Nations Volunteers program: English, French or Spanish.
  • Has a commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism.
  • Has the ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Has the desire to work with local people and organizations to take advantage of synergies between expert solutions and local knowledge.
  • Has the ability to adapt to difficult living conditions and sometimes remote locations.
  • Has strong personal and organizational skills.
  • Previous volunteering or practical experience in a developing country would be an added advantage.

The most requested disciplines

These include technical disciplines (information technology, engineering, logistics, and transportation), legal and medical professionals, politicians, public relations officers, management and financial experts, and professionals with expertise in development, management, humanitarian affairs, and peacekeeping.

Read more about priority areas for volunteer work and most requested profiles.

living conditions

Living conditions vary from stable environments to dynamic and changing environments. Volunteers must realize that many of UNV's work is in remote and isolated centers where basic amenities may be limited. Many other United Nations Volunteers operate under normal conditions in capitals, with all modern amenities. The functions of the program are classified as "family" or "non-family" duty stations, depending on the nature of the mission and security in the region.

For more information, read:
Conditions of service for international United Nations Volunteers - complete document.
Overview - Conditions of service of the United Nations international volunteers.

About the United Nations Volunteers Program

The United Nations Volunteers Program contributes to peace and development through volunteerism throughout the world. WFP works with partners to integrate qualified, motivated and well-supported UNVs into development programs and to promote universal value and recognition of volunteerism. UNDP administers the United Nations Volunteers program and reports to the Executive Board of UNDP / UNFPA / UNOPS.


  • Human rights
  • Cultural exchange and languages
  • Social science

Opportunity target

  • Everyone who is interested

Required documents

  • Other

Full funding
Financing coverage

  • Living allowance


  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

How to apply
To apply to volunteer abroad or volunteer in your country, register by creating an online account through the UNV website.

To apply for e-volunteering, register and create your own account.


For more details
For more information, please visit the volunteer site here

If you have any questions, read the FAQ from here


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