International UN Volunteers

Every year, about 7,500 qualified and experienced women and men of around 160 nationalities serve as UN Volunteers in some 130 countries. They are professionals who play key roles contributing to peace and making an impact on development results.


National and International UN Volunteers in Nepal


UNV recruits a great diversity of talents and offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. We encourage you to look at both focus areas:



Development Assistance

All around the world, UN Volunteers help people to lead more productive, fulfilling and creative lives through quality education and improved healthcare, or by ensuring equitable access to resources and sustainable practices.


In addition, UN Volunteers can also serve within the government and other local partners, helping to build local capacity and knowledge.

Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Operations 

UN Volunteers are often at the forefront of humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, both because of the skills and expertise they bring to help alleviate the plight of people in desperate situations, but also because their volunteer commitment and status brings a little extra to peace and recovery processes.


UN Volunteers live in the communities in which they serve and – importantly - are being perceived as politically and socially neutral. UN Volunteers, being non-threatening and global citizens, greatly facilitate the building of bridges between various groups by promoting dialogue and building confidence and trust amongst them.



To become a UN Volunteer you should have the following values and commitment, and possess the following professional qualifications:


Values and commitment

  • 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.

Professional qualifications

  • A university degree or higher technical diploma;
  • Two years of relevant working experience;
  • At least age 25 when taking up an assignment (there is no upper age limit);
  • Good working knowledge in at least one of the three UNV working languages: English, French and Spanish.

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

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.


Be aware that many UN Volunteers work in remote, isolated duty stations where basic comforts are limited. There may be no electricity or running water, there may be no recreation facilities to speak of and work may continue seven days a week.


Though UNV assignments can be very rewarding, applicants thus need to be prepared to be deployed to difficult places and they need to be able to adjust to fast-changing living and working circumstances. They need to be aware that they may not have a choice regarding their duty station (it is determined by operational requirements, not personal preferences); and that their final duty station may only be known after they have been recruited and have arrived on the ground.


To fully understand what is required of an international UN Volunteer, we strongly encourage you to read the qualifications and Conditions of Service page


How to apply

Online applications can be submitted via the UN Volunteers Global website.