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UNV General Call for Programme Officers

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by Impactpool

Published on: 20 February 2017
UN Volunteers (UNV) are currently seeking Programme Officers from different regions. If you have a Master’s degree, 5 years of relevant professional experience and fluency in English, don't hesitate and apply today! Closing date for applications: 19 March 2017.
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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.


UNV Programme Officers (UNV POs) are the country level representatives of the organization in ensuring and delivering key results of the UNV Strategic Framework. UNV has approximately 70 UNV Programme Officers in the field. They normally report to the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (Programme) at country level, while working in close collaboration with a Portfolio Manager at UNV headquarters in Bonn, Germany. 


  • Advocacy and Partnership Building
  • Programme Development and Management
  • Volunteer Mobilization and Management


  • Master’s degree in social sciences, political science, public or business administration, economics or related fields
  • 5 years of relevant professional experience and proven track record in managing and implementing programmes in the context of development or in the area of humanitarian relief or in crisis management. Work experience with the United Nations is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. However, since many of the upcoming vacancies require bilingual candidates, we strongly encourage candidates who are fluent in English and, in addition, French or Spanish or Portuguese to apply. Any additional language (such as Arabic or Russian) is an asset, and another UN official language is highly desirable.


Please be advised that you need to register your profile in the UNV database before you apply.

UNV is currently building up a Talent Pool, which includes qualified, pre-assessed and evaluated candidates earmarked to become the next generation of UNV Programme Officers.

Already registered candidates are able to apply by using the application code indicated in this general Description of Assignment (DOA). Non-registered candidates have to use the application code available in the DOA after registering their profile in the UNV database. The current call goes from February 16th until March 19th 2017.


The selection process may include the following steps: telephone screening/video interviewing, technical assessments and competency based interviews. Since this process will be for a group of candidates, and not be limited to one assignment, we do expect the entire process to take up to three months.

Eligibility criteria for UN Volunteers and UNV Programme Officers who are currently serving will be communicated separately to all UNV Field Units.

→ Take a look at the field experiences of current and former UNV Programme Officers Flavia Sembera in Zambia and Vojtech Hledik in Ukraine.

Interested in joining UN Volunteers? Prepare yourselves with these frequently asked questions

Photo: Amal Ben-Saad, UNV Programme Officer in Tunisia. (Copyright UNV, 2017)

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