UN Volunteers 2021: Application Open

The United Nations have addressed the pandemic issues calling for volunteers.

Given the role of UN in the global pandemic, as an entity that gives international assistance and support where most needed, the UN has launched a call for volunteers, especially in the field of health and medical care.

This is an unmissable opportunity to gain experience within the international workplace of UN, as well as the occasion to develop new soft-skills spendable in the labour market. The call refers to the Sustainable Development Goals, part of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

If you are looking for a way to boost your CV or just to make an unforgettable experience in an international field, being a volunteer of the United Nations might suite you.

The Call for Volunteers

UN invites skilled professionals to support the UN system’s response as national UN Volunteers. They will join efforts to mitigate the economic, social and health impacts of this crisis, and to safeguard progress made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. International UN Volunteers may telecommute or be deployed once travel restrictions are lifted.

They are specifically looking for:

  • Health Professionals;
  • Emergency & Crisis Managers;
  • Programme Managers;
  • Health System Managers;
  • Sanitation & Hygiene Managers;
  • Data and Communication Managers;
  • Statistics and Economics experts.


Candidates need to

  • have at least two years of professional experience,
  • be at least 22 years old for national UN Volunteer assignments, and at least 25 years old for international UN Volunteer assignments.

Additional requirements will be in the Descriptions of Assignment (equivalent to terms of reference). So make sure to check them. Your profile should also highlight any prior experience in health-related emergencies.

Assignment Information

  • Duration: from 3-12 months (with possibility of extension)
  • Starting date: many will require candidates to be available at short notice (1-2 weeks)
  • Conditions of service: monthly living allowance to cover housing, basic needs and utilities; settling-in-grant; life, health and permanent disability insurance; return airfares (if applicable).
  • More details will be included in the specific descriptions of assignments and may vary depending on the volunteer category (national or international UN Volunteer; Specialist or Youth assignment). Check your entitlements here.

Tips When Applying

  • Include the COVID-19 keyword in your motivation statement will ensure your profile is reviewed with priority for related assignments.
  • Only complete profiles can be considered. Please make sure that you click on ‘Submit UNV Profile’ once you have created your UNV account and completed all mandatory information. As confirmation of your successful registration, you will receive an email with your UNV roster number.

You can apply following this link.

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