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Vacancy: Become A UN Paid Volunteer in Africa

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 government.

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 peace building.

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 then 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 varies 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. Hello
    Im Asmamaw Asa from Ethiopia.
    Im volunteer.
    I have LLB degree in Law and have more than 2 years of work experience being a public prosecutor.
    asedaviasa@gmail.com is my email address

  2. hello I am Mumbere Harbert from uganda i have a degree in procurement and supply chain management From Makerere University kampala i request to volunteer thank you .

  3. I am zebiba meka from ethiopia ,i have a masters of public health and diploma of nursing and BSC with health officer with proven work experience and i request work with UN as volunteer ,

  4. Hello, Sir/Ma, my name is Tyodugh Daniel a graduate of international relations from Benue State University Makurdi, Nigeria . I also wish to apply and request for Volunteer. Thank you.

  5. Iam Abshir omer sulub from jigjiga Ethiopia i have first degree of midewifery i would like you to sent you my CV i have experienced 5 years my email abshircumer@gmail.com

  6. Iam male Ugandan, aged Twenty eight with Diploma in business administration but ready to learn and adopt to any new challenge.
    Iam inspired with this information as it has been my dream and desire to be part of UN staff in guiding, protecting and safeguarding the rights of refugees and needy whenever assigned to.
    And above all it will be of importance for me to acquire more skills, creativity and experience on my seven years experience of serving as sales person with Oilwell petroleum (U) ltd as I will be focusing on executing my responsibilities as per organization goals and objective achievement.

  7. my name is mark kelvin,graduate in bachelor commerce accounting.

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