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How to become a UNV

UNV Programme offers different volunteering schemes: UNV Online Volunteering Service, National UN Volunteers and International UN Volunteers.

Online Volunteers

The Online Volunteering service connects organizations working for sustainable human development with volunteers. Organizations collaborate with online volunteers over the Internet to strengthen the impact of their development work.

Online volunteers are not UN Volunteers and are not covered by any contract with UNV. They are professionals, students, retirees and expatriates from across the globe who volunteer their skills online to help organizations address development challenges. Online volunteers have diverse backgrounds and cooperate across borders, never needing to leave their homes. They do not receive financial compensation.

What can online volunteers do?
  • Project development and management
  • Design
  • Coordination and facilitation
  • IT development
  • Research
  • Writing, editing and translating
  • Training and coaching
  • Consulting
For Organizations (Not only UN agencies, but also Civil Organizations): Find volunteers

To find enthusiastic online volunteers, an interested organization needs to register with the Online Volunteering service and submit their opportunities for the interested candidates to apply for. The following steps will take place:

  • You apply for your organization’s registration with the Online Volunteering service.
  • UNV gives you access to opportunity and volunteer management tools if your organization complies with the eligibility criteria.
  • You submit an opportunity in which you describe the volunteers’ tasks.
  • UNV publishes your opportunity if it is in line with the opportunity criteria.
  • Online volunteers search for opportunities that match their profiles and interests, and submit their applications to your organization through the Online Volunteering service website.
  • You select the volunteers you would like to involve.
  • You collaborate with the selected volunteers over the Internet.
  • You submit feedback and issue a certificate of appreciation to volunteers upon completion of an assignment.


For Volunteers: Find opportunities

To take action for development as an online volunteer, you only need to log in and start searching for available opportunities.

  • You can choose tasks that
  • Matches your skills and interests
  • Focus on a specific development topic
  • Support a specific region in the world.


For more information

Visit the website on www.onlinevolunteering.org

Changing the world online booklet

UNV online volunteering service leaflet


National UN Volunteer

In 1995, UNV carried out a review of its experiences with National UNV Volunteers, and the major findings were the following:

  • The use of National UNV Volunteers as part of the UNV Programme, particularly in combination with other international UNV Volunteer categories, is an effective means to build and strengthen local and national capacity;
  • The local knowledge and skills of the National UNV Volunteers brings added value to project activities. Furthermore, their presence at the community level enhances the community's sense of ownership and facilitates the process of self-reliance;
  • The use of National UNV Volunteers is an opportunity to provide highly qualified and motivated nationals willing to serve as volunteers at community levels under difficult conditions.

In Tajikistan, required qualifications for national UN volunteers would vary depending on host UN agency’s projects.


The followings are examples applied by UN agencies of neighboring countries

National UN volunteer: specialist
  • Academic credentials (Bachelor's, Master's, doctorate, or technical award). In certain trades, substantial practical experience may substitute;
  • Several years of relevant working experience following qualification, preferably five or more;
  • Minimum 25 years old;
  • Good communication skills; and
  • Ability to speak, read and write the national language. Knowledge of local languages/dialects an asset. A good working knowledge of one or more of the UN languages.
National UN volunteer: field workers
  • Basic education: secondary school certificate, BAC or equivalent;
  • Technical skills: professional/trade with related diploma and experience;
  • Skills in community development;
  • 2 years of minimum relevant working experience;
  • Minimum 21 years old;
  • Good communication skills; and
  • Good written and spoken command of the working language required for the post. Knowledge of national language an asset.

National UNV Volunteers are contracted by the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) based on UN Agency needs and demand.

For more information please contact the UNV Field Unit in Tajikistan


International UN Volunteer

Basic requirements

Since 1971, more than 30,000 UN Volunteers have worked in over 160 countries. UN Volunteers are professionals that play key roles in delivering development efforts. To become a UN Volunteer one should fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • A university degree or higher technical diplomas;
  • Several years of relevant work experience;
  • Aged 25 or over (no maximum age limit);
  • Good working knowledge of at least one of the working languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese English, French, Russian or Spanish;
  • Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to adjust into difficult living conditions;
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Prior volunteering and/or working experience in a developing country is an asset.



Benefits are, in principle, not measured in monetary terms determined by the labour market. Foremost is the personal and professional satisfaction the assignment should bring to you as an UN Volunteer.

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

  • Settling-in-Grant calculated on the duration of assignment (paid at the beginning of the assignment);
  • Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) intended to cover basic living expenses (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 (paid upon satisfactory completion of the assignment).

To become an International UN Volunteer, you have to register yourself on the UNV database of volunteers. Please notice that for international assignments, UNV Tajikistan Field Unit does not accept applications. Please visit UNV main website www.unv.org  to learn more on

  • How to be Volunteer
  • Register to be a UN Volunteer
  • Proceed to create your UNV account
  • My Profile


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