Become a UN Volunteer in the Local Community!

Public Call for young people aged 18 to 30

Posted July 4, 2022

UN Volunteers

UNDP

Belgrade, July 1, 2022 - With the support of the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) invites young people to apply for training programs and engagement in United Nations volunteer contracts (UNV) in local institutions in Serbia. 

This Public Call is issued within the project "Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans 2 (ReLOaD2)” and is intended for young people aged 18 to 30, who have a registered residence in Babušnica, Vladičin Han, Vrnjačka Banja, Kruševac, Novi Sad, Subotica and Topola. 

The goal of the training and volunteer engagement program in local governments is to enable young people to develop knowledge and skills in order to: 

1. influence the social and political processes in the cities/municipalities where they live; 

2. cooperate with local authorities for greater inclusion of young people in the design and adoption of policies and practices, through volunteering within local institutions; 

3. advocate more effectively for the interests of young people at the local level in cooperation with various interested parties. 

Training programs, in the field of sustainable development, human rights and "soft" skills needed for employment, for twenty-five (25) selected candidates will be held in the period from August 20 to September 30, 2022. The trainings will last two days, and the participants will be provided with accommodation and reimbursed transportation costs in the amount of a return bus ticket. Also, all candidates who participate will receive a certificate of successful completion of the training. 

This will enable them to be engaged in local institutions through United Nations volunteer contracts (UNV) on the basis of a six-month work practice, with an appropriate amount of compensation for living expenses. Engaged young volunteers will have the task and opportunity to transfer the knowledge and skills acquired during the training to the institutions where they volunteer, and to the users of the services of those institutions, as well as to improve their knowledge and skills during work practice. All volunteers will receive a certificate of completed volunteering upon completion of the internship, in order to have better chances for employment. 

The deadline for submitting applications is extended to August 15, 2022, 5 p.m. 

Below is more detailed information about this Public Call. 

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? 

Participation in this Public Call is open to all young people from (18) eighteen to (30) thirty years of age from the Republic of Serbia who have registered residence in the territory of one of the partner local governments of the ReLOaD2 project (Babušnica, Vladičin Han, Vrnjačka Banja, Kruševac, Novi Sad, Subotica and Topola). 

We especially encourage girls and boys who belong to one of the vulnerable social groups to apply! 

 

WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION? 

• Copy of the diploma on acquired education; 

• Proof of residence; 

• CV/Biography in Serbian, which should contain the following information: 

o Contact information (e-mail, phone number); 

o Date of birth; 

o Information about acquired education; 

o Information about previous volunteer work; 

o Information about previous work experience, including unpaid engagements, internships, work practices and the like; 

o Information on computer skills; 

o Any additional information that the candidate considers valid. 
 

• Motivational letter in Serbian (250-500 words) explaining: 

o General motivation to participate in the project 

o Why are you interested in participating? 

o What is your professional and personal motivation for participating? 

o What are your expectations from being involved in the implementation of the project? 

o What skills and knowledge can you apply during your participation? 

o All other information that the candidate considers important. 

The maximum number of points that a candidate can receive based on a CV is 40, and 60 based on a motivational letter. The minimum number of points that a candidate must have in order to be invited to an interview is 70. 

HOW IS THE APPLICATION SUBMITTED? 

The completed application (with complete required documentation) should be submitted by e-mail to the address reload.rs@undp.org with the subject: "ReLOaD2 Public Call for UNV - name and surname of the candidate". 

All those who applied, whether they were accepted or rejected, will be informed about the result of the Public Call no later than within 30 days from the closing of the Public Call. 

Questions related to the application can be asked until August 9, 2022.

This Public Call was announced within the project "Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans 2 (ReLOaD2)" funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UNDP.