How to become a UN Volunteer

The first place to look for volunteer opportunities is in your community. You could join one of Ukrainian national volunteer organisations or offer your professional services free of charge. Check the Our Partners section.

Volunteering with UNV

There are also possibilities to volunteer with the UNV programme in Ukraine as well as abroad. Assignments usually last 24 months. However, assignments of 6 to 12 months are increasingly common.

As a UN Volunteer, you offer your services on a voluntary basis. We support you through several benefits.

If you are interested in volunteering with UNV in Ukraine or abroad, please check the corresponding links in this section.

Benefits of being a UN Volunteer

The benefits of volunteering go beyond income. Foremost is the personal and professional satisfaction that an assignment brings to the UNV volunteer. It can be challenging and rewarding and require you to use your skills in a new context. You can transfer useful knowledge while gaining a greater understanding of the issues affecting other people.

In return for your service, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Settling-in-Grant calculated on the duration of assignment which is paid at the beginning of the assignment;
  • Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) intended to cover basic living expenses, which is paid each month;
  • Travel on appointment and at the end of assignment, if different than home location;
  • Life, health and permanent disability insurance;
  • Annual leave; and
  • Resettlement allowance calculated based on the duration of assignment which is paid upon satisfactory completion of the assignment.

Becoming an International UN Volunteer

Two thirds of UNV volunteers serving around the world in developing or transitional countries are themselves from such countries. Ukraine citizens with the required specialist skills may also serve abroad as international UNV volunteers.

UNV volunteers carry out various roles. They are recruited for specialized inputs to development programmes, and increasingly, in the areas of peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and UN-supported electoral processes.

The UNV programme maintains a roster of candidates with relevant experience in these sectors. It covers more than 100 professional categories including, for example, programme/project development, administration, communications, community development, demobilization and reintegration, disaster prevention, humanitarian and civil affairs, engineering, environment, HIV/AIDS, medicine, human rights, logistics, and election support.

You will need to file on-line application following the address
Once your application has been received, it will be appraised. If accepted to the UNV Headquarters roster of eligible candidates, your profile will be compared against UNV Volunteer postings submitted from the field.

The selection process is normally administered by local UNV field unit and hosting UN agency. The candidates from UNV Roster are usually interviewed by phone. Most often the decision for International UN volunteer selection is taken locally.

UN Volunteers in Ukraine

International UN Volunteers

UN Youth Volunteers