Hosting a UN Volunteer

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. In 2007, the UNV programme partnered with 25 UN organizations, governments and civil society partners to deploy more than 7,500 UNV volunteers in 140 countries.


Besides directly administering and managing the UNV volunteers, UNV supports governments and organizations to strengthen and/or develop sustainable local infrastructure. It helps them to manage their own volunteering programs towards the achievement of national development priorities, including peace and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


At the country level, UNV is typically integrated into UNDP and works through a Field Unit (FU) which comprises a UNV Programme Officer (who is usually an international UNV volunteer) and a Country Operations Assistant. Where no field unit exists, a UNV focal point is assigned in each UNDP Country Office to liaise with UNV headquarters on UNV operational and administrative matters.


Hosting a UN Volunteer: An Orientation Guide


Why host a UN Volunteer?   

What types of volunteers are supported by UNV?

What are the roles and responsibilities of UN Volunteers?

What is your responsibility in managing a UN Volunteer?


These questions and many more are answered in the UNV publication,

Hosting a UN Volunteer: An Orientation Guide.


The orientation guide is to both inform and inspire partner organizations who wish to harness the power of volunteerism to achieve their peace and development objectives by hosting UN Volunteers within the context of their programmes, projects and field operations. It provides basic information about the mission and goals of UNV, the areas of its programmatic outreach, and the different types of UN Volunteers.


The orientation guide provides basic information about how host entities can partner with UNV and integrate elements of volunteerism and UN Volunteers into their own programmes. It also describes the responsibilities of partner organizations towards volunteers.


To download the Hosting a UN Volunteer: An Orientation Guid please visit UNV Homepage: