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UN Volunteering

Hundreds of Irish people have volunteered with the United Nations over the past few years, working with UN agencies or on humanitarian response and peacekeeping missions.  Irish Aid supports UNV in its work of deploying volunteers, promoting volunteerism, testing new and innovative approaches to volunteering as well as undertaking research and analysis.

What you can do

Call for applications

United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the United Nations (UN) organization that promotes volunteerism as a means of achieving peace and development, is calling for applications from Specialist and Youth Volunteers to the UN Volunteer programme.

The UN Youth Volunteer programme, which emerged from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Five-Year Action Agenda, aims to create enabling environments for youth engagement in global peace and sustainable human development through volunteerism.

It presents the opportunity for successful applicants to develop and apply their skills, knowledge, and capacities in promoting sustainable development as volunteers within UN agencies in regional and developing country offices over a period of 12 months.

Specialist Volunteers are also sponsored to undertake assignments of 12 months in regions of strategic interest to Ireland’s policy for international development.

Specialist assignments to commence in February 2023 will be advertised in September 2022.

UN Volunteer Assignments 2023

With support from Irish Aid, UNV will deploy 11 UN Youth Volunteers and 4 UN Specialist Volunteers to the following assignments. Assignments are due to commence in December 2022 and February 2023. Please follow the links for further details and applications.

Assignment title Country of assignment UN Host Entity Advertisement links
Leave No One Behind Coordinator   Ghana RCO
Information and Results Coordination Officer Sierra Leone RCO
Programme Support Officer, Environment and Resilience Kenya UNDP
Communications and Resource Mobilisation Officer Kenya RCO
Coordination Associate Eswatini RCO
Junior Project Officer - Gender, Youth and Human Rights Guinea-Bissau WHO
Human Rights Associate Palestine (based in Amman) OHCHR
Local Governance and Participation Officer    Lao PDR UNDP
Youth Coordinator  Liberia RCO 
Partnerships & Reporting Associate Mozambique WFP
Humanitarian Affairs Associate Nigeria UNOCHA
Programme Associate (Youth, Peace, Security and Gender) Senegal UNOWAS
Climate Change Officer Somalia (based in Nairobi) UNEP

*Closing date for the assignments is 03 October 2022.