UN Volunteer

UN Volunteers

At the request of UN agencies, national governments and other partners, UNV mobilizes close to 8,000 volunteers to work in Development Assistance projects and in Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Operations. Although UN Volunteers from diverse professional and technical backgrounds are always in demand, there are particular areas of expertise where potential volunteers with relevant backgrounds and skills are more frequently requested.

We encourage you to look at both focus areas:

-Development Assistance
-Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Operations

 How to become a UN Volunteer?

  • Hold a university degree or higher technical diploma
  • Minimum of two years of relevant working experience
  • Minimum age when taking up the assignment (there is no upper age limit):
  • 22 for national UN Volunteers (assigned within their own country)
  • 25 for international UN Volunteers (assigned to countries that are not their own)
  • Good working knowledge in at least one of the three UNV working languages: English, French and Spanish


 You should also have the following values:

  • Strong commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to adjust to difficult living conditions
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Prior volunteering and/or working experience in a developing country is an asset.


  Conditions of Service:

The key benefit of being a UN Volunteer is the personal satisfaction the volunteer assignment brings to you as you make a positive impact on peace and development. It also leads to a unique enhancement of your professional experience.

To support you during your assignment, you will receive:

  • Settling-in-Grant calculated on the duration of assignment, which is paid at the beginning of the assignment;
  • Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) (not a salary) intended to cover basic living expenses, which is paid each month;
  • Travel on appointment and at the end of assignment as applicable;
  • Life, health and permanent disability insurance;
  • Annual leave;
  • Resettlement allowance calculated based on the duration of assignment, which is paid upon satisfactory completion of the assignment.


Note: The above general provisions are summarized from the Conditions of Service for international UN Volunteers.

The vast majority of UNV assignments are based on six to twelve month renewable contracts, with the expectation that the UN Volunteer will serve one year or more.


  How to apply?

Most UN Volunteers assignments are not advertised.

UNV maintains a global roster of candidates, which allows us to respond quickly to requests for volunteers. You must therefore start by registering in the UNV global roster. More information is available here.

UNV will respond to all incoming duly completed forms by informing applicants whether or not they have been included in the UNV roster of candidates.

The United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme is unique in that it aims to facilitate technical cooperation between developing countries. The majority of serving UN Volunteers are from developing countries. By sending those UN Volunteers to other developing countries with similar socio-economic conditions, the volunteers not only share their skills and experience, but they also learn more about the ways in which people in other countries deal with similar development challenges. This knowledge adds to the pool of resources available to their home countries subsequent to their return.

Besides encouraging Cambodian nationals to serve as national UN Volunteers in Cambodia, UNV also provides these highly qualified Cambodian professionals with opportunities to serve as International UN Volunteers in other countries. UNV assignments usually last for 24 months, although assignments of shorter duration between 3 to 12 months are more and more common.

For more information on national UN Volunteers in Cambodia please click here.