Who we are
“As we gradually recover from the pandemic, volunteers will have a key role to play in accelerating the transition to green, inclusive and just economies. Indeed, volunteering is the backbone of our societies. Often working with the United Nations, volunteers build a sense of togetherness. They strengthen social cohesion. And they help to protect communities, especially by reaching those most in need” - UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme operates under a dual mandate – to mobilize volunteers for the United Nations System and to advocate for the importance of volunteerism in development worldwide. Volunteerism benefits communities by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity.
UNV’s vision is a world where volunteerism is recognized, within societies, as a way for all people and countries to achieve peace and development.
Volunteers are catalysts of change. They constitute a flexible, cost-effective resource in tackling development challenges, and in transforming the pace and nature of development. Volunteers are willing and able to work in some of the most challenging and remote contexts. UN Volunteers globally come from around 160 countries, bringing with them a diverse range of experiences, skills, knowledge and approaches.
UNV Volunteers in Sudan
The UN Volunteers (UNV) Field Unit (FU) was established in Sudan in 1996. Through partnering with UN agencies, national governments, Volunteer Involving Organizations (VIOs) and other entities, the UNV programme in Sudan mobilizes volunteers in programme country efforts to achieve national development objectives.
More than 250 international and national UN Volunteers are currently deployed in different UN Agencies, Funds, Programmes, and Missions in Sudan. International UN Volunteers in Sudan represent more than 40 nationalities. The majority of UN Volunteers serve in the areas of project management, health, protection, monitoring and evaluation, communications, and peacebuilding.
Categories of UN Volunteers
UN Expert Volunteers (National & International)
The UN Expert Volunteer category targets people with critical skills for peace and development, including highly demanded specialized knowledge, professional expertise, and technological acumen, often cultivated over many years. UN Expert Volunteers must be minimum 35 years old, hold a Master’s degree and have 15 years of relevant professional experience in the area of expertise.
International UN Volunteers (Specialist)
International UN Volunteers are typically professionals with specialized knowledge. They must be minimum 27 years old. They bring 3 to 10 years of experience to their assignments. They come from all walks of life and a wide range of professional backgrounds and are deployed for a minimum period of 3 months and up to 4 years.
National UN Volunteers (Specialist)
Nationals of the host country (or refugees and stateless persons with legal status in the country) who are at minimum 27 years old and have at least 3 years of professional experience and a high school diploma. While some assignments require National UN Volunteers to have professional and technical skills and a bachelor’s degree, other assignments require UN Volunteers who can bring a strong community connection, local knowledge, and networks. National UN Volunteers can be deployed for a minimum period of 3 months and up to 4 years.