Photo: National UN Volunteer Haya Al-Jamal (standing), participates in an event for World Children's Day in Jordan. She is a Field Monitor with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Jordan. Haya supports the agency’s flagship Makani programme, through site visits, multi-sector referral services and feedback collected from refugee and Jordanian students. The referrals and feedback helped UNICEF reach malnourished and refugee students with a history of trauma.
© UNICEF, 2019
Host a UN Volunteer
UN entities mobilize UN Volunteers in support of their peace, development and humanitarian interventions and delivery. The added value of UN Volunteers to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development is unrivalled.
In this section, we provide host entity representatives with guidance on hosting UN Volunteers, including our UNV solutions, recruitment, financial arrangement and management resources.
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To host an on-site UN Volunteer, the UN partner may proceed directly to submit an expression of interest by clicking 'Request UN Volunteers'. The first steps in the recruitment process are for the UN partner to
1) ensure availability of funding for the UN Volunteer assignment,
2) share the Description of Assignment (DOA), and
3) participate in interviewing shortlisted candidates.
- Professionals with specialized knowledge;
- At least two years of work experience;
- A wide range of cultures and professional backgrounds; and
- Deployed for a period of three months to four years.
DOA Template International UN Volunteer (EN)
- People with critical skills, including specialized in-demand knowledge, professional expertise and technological acumen, often cultivated over many years;
- Are at least 35 years old;
- Must hold a master’s degree and have 15 years of relevant professional experience in the area of expertise; and
- Receive an Expertise Differential, equivalent to 40 per cent of the Monthly Living Allowance of a UN Volunteer Specialist, to recognize the added value they bring to the United Nations system.
UN Expert Volunteers Infographic (EN)
UN Expert Volunteers Policy Note (EN)
DOA Template International UN Expert Volunteer (EN)
DOA Template National UN Expert Volunteer (EN)
- Bring local expertise to development and peace solutions;
- Work where they live on projects that impact their own community;
- Can be mobilized in large numbers, bringing direct impact and resilience building to UN initiatives;
- Combined with the expertise of other onsite UN Volunteer categories and Online Volunteers, offer great potential to transfer knowledge and build capacity; and
- Are best coordinated and managed via a UN Community Volunteer Coordinator, who can facilitate recruitment, onboarding, learning, contract management and volunteer wellbeing.
UN Community Volunteer Policy Note (EN)
Implementation Guideline (EN)
DOA UN Community Volunteer (EN)
DOA UN Community Volunteers Coordinator (EN)
Is a special initiative exclusively available for UNHCR, tailored to the specific legal, socio-economic, and cultural context of refugee populations;
- Facilitates the employment and engagement of refugees in their host country with the aim to empower them and build on their competencies and skills; and
- Caters to vulnerable refugee populations who, due to their precarious status, are often shut out from participation in the labor market.
Refugee UN Volunteer Conditions of Service (UNHCR) (EN)
Guidance Note (EN)
Offline UN Volunteer Registration Form (EN))
Refugee UN Volunteer - Allowances and entitlements (EN)
DOA Template Refugee UN Volunteer (EN)
- Nationals of the host country (or refugees and stateless persons with legal status in the country);
- Recruited locally;
- Have at minimum a high school diploma (NB. some assignments require national UN volunteers to have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience; others require UN Volunteers who can bring a strong community connection, local knowledge and networks); and
- Normally deployed for 12 months (minimum three months, maximum four years).
National UN Volunteer Conditions of Service (EN)
DOA Template National UN Volunteer (EN)
- Ideally suited to areas needing innovation, community outreach, youth engagement, social media or work with marginalized communities;
- Have up to two years of experience;
- May be engaged for national and international assignments of up to two years max; and
- Are between 18-29 years of age.
UN University Volunteers are a special segment of UN Youth Volunteers and serve on assignments of 3-6 months.
UN Youth Volunteers and UN University Volunteers have demonstrated their commitment to global peace and sustainable development through academic, extra-curricular and volunteer activities.
National UN Volunteer Conditions of Service (EN)
DOA Template (Nat & Intl) UN Youth Volunteer (EN)
DOA Template (Nat & Intl) UN University Volunteer (EN)
- Contribute their skills and talents from wherever they are, working from a computer, tablet or mobile phone;
- Help UN entities, governments and civil society organizations achieve their goals by completing concrete, time-bound tasks/opportunities in support of peace and development; and
- Come from a broad range of backgrounds and can help with any task that meets the service’s opportunity criteria (typically, tasks relate to writing and editing, art and design, translation, outreach and advocacy or research).
UNV offers its partners volunteer solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic response and guidance on engaging volunteers and volunteer groups in health emergencies. If you are an UN entity interested in recruiting UN Volunteers for your COVID-19 response, visit How to recruit a UN Volunteer and contact your closest UNV office from the list.
For information on UN Volunteers supporting the UN system in pandemic response efforts, visit the dedicated COVID-19 page.
- Summary of UNV contributions to UNDS COVID-19 response
- UNV solutions aligned with UNDS global frameworks
- UNV solutions by categories for COVID-19 response
- How can UNV support your COVID-19 response
- Standard Description of Assignment templates for COVID-19 response
Please see a summary of host entity role and responsibilities in hosting UN Volunteers during the various stages of their assignment. (EN)