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The United Nations is calling on youths who are keen on working with UN agencies on the frontlines of political, developmental and humanitarian operations, to apply for the position of UN Youth Volunteers. This is a separate category of UN Volunteers created in response to the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for greater engagement in volunteerism of history’s largest generation of people under 30. These young volunteers are assigned to host United Nations agencies to work on the frontlines of political, developmental and humanitarian field operations.

UN Youth Volunteers are people who will help advance peace and sustainable development either in their own country or in another country around the globe. They work to help people lead healthier and safer lives and assist communities to be able to better address present and future challenges. These positions may be in human rights, climate change adaptation, primary health care, disaster management, peacebuilding, youth engagement or many other areas. UN Youth Volunteers may work directly in a UN agency or be assigned to 1 of its partner organizations, a university or the government.

Most UN Youth Volunteer assignments are between 6 and 24 months. Occasionally, there may be short-term assignments of less than 6 months. UN Youth Volunteers sponsored by academic institutions are known as UN Youth University Volunteers, who take on assignments of shorter duration – generally between 3 and 6 months.


UN Volunteers receive a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) per month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and other basic needs. They are also given a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the assignment (if the UN
Volunteer did not reside in the duty station for at least 6 months prior to taking up the assignment) and also in the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty station.

Life, health, permanent disability insurances will be covered. They will also have assignment travel, annual leave, and full
integration in the UN security framework (including residential security reimbursements). UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight tickets for the final repatriation travel (if applicable).


Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 29. They have to be younger than 29 throughout the duration of their service. The educational background and experience required varies by assignment, but generally work experience over 2 years is not expected.

Applicants should be motivated, enthusiastic people committed to global peace and development. They must be able to adapt readily to new cultures and situations and are able to dedicate between 6 and 24 months to the assignment. Volunteering or community work experience is an asset.

See the Official Website for specific eligibility requirements for each assignment.


All UN Youth Volunteer assignments are advertised in the Official Website, under Special Calls for Volunteers. There is no general registration for UN Youth Volunteer assignments. Currently, there are 30 special calls for Volunteers with an application deadline of 4 August 2019.

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