December 8, 2022

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Career Job Opportunities

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board.

We are recruiting to fill the positions of:

Job Title: Volunteer (Collect data on Quality of education in Nigeria Case study productivity in Nigeria Universitiy)

Location: Nigeria
Host Entity: United Nations Volunteers Nigeria
Duration: 12 weeks
For how many hours per week will the volunteer be required: 6 – 10
Type: Online
Sustainable Development Goal: 4. Quality education
Expected Start Date: Invalid Date
Description of Assignment Title: Collect data on Quality of education in Nigeria Case study productivity in Nigeria Universitiy


  • Discuss and consolidate indicators and datasets for the analysis exercise
  • Develop research question and define method and tool for the analysis
  • Suggest indicators and tabulation plan to conduct analysis
  • Conduct analysis of data and identify relevant trends, patterns, and key findings
  • Develop a report, according to agreed reporting plan, including visualization and narrative interpretations of findings as required.

Task Description

  • For the collection of data on [area/topic], we seek support from one Online Volunteers, who will:
  • Discuss and define objective as well as data collection methodology
  • Develop or identify a methodology tool for data collection, if required, and propose implementation plan
  • Identify and screen for data sources
  • Conduct data collection using defined methodology and tools from selected sources
  • Create/prepare report capturing findings
  • The Online Volunteer/s will have the opportunity to build connections with the team and learn about the ways in which data can support this activities.

Required Experience:

  • Candidates should have in-depth understanding of concept of data collection and experience in conducting qualitative/quantitative data collection.
  • An Advanced Degree in the area of Data to be collected is considered an advantage.
  • Professional level of verbal and written English is required


  • English, Level: Fluent, Required
  • Hausa, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
  • Igbo, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
  • Yoruba, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable.

Application Closing Date
13th October, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online




Job Title: Portfiolio Associate – Nature, Climate Change &Energy

Loaction: Abuja
Sustainable Development Goal: 13. Climate action
Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNDP
Type: Onsite
Duration: 12 months
Slot: 2 Openings

Mission and Objectives:

  • UNDP is the United Nations largest agency with a mandate to eradicate poverty, through sustainable and inclusive human development. UNDP has been in Nigeria since the country became independent in 1960 providing capacity building and policy development support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth, and Sustainable Development.
  • UNDP continues to support the government in the implementation of development interventions aimed at meeting medium to long term goals enshrined in National and Subnational development plans as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The goal of UNDP is to improve the lives of the people of Nigeria, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and to ensure a future that offers equality, dignity, and opportunity for all. UNDP works in partnership with the federal Government of Nigeria, development partners, UN agencies, civil society and local communities to help identify local solutions to meet global and national development challenges through a range of interventions that combine UNDP’s expertise and comparative advantage in the areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development.


  • The UNV Portfolio Associate will be embedded with the Federal Ministry of Environment and supervised by the BES-Net National Coordinator/Team Leader of the EECC Unit in UNDP Nigeria, working in close collaboration with the pprogramme, ooperations, ccommunications and other project teams in CO for effective visibility of results, anticipating and contributing to programme/project-related issues and information delivery
  • The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as the implementation of effective internal control systems.
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Task Description
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Team Leader or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Portfolio Associate will:

Financial management:

  • Prepare payment requests in a timely manner, monitor disbursement of monthly payments for the project;
  • Track and report project expenditures monthly for the project;
  • Maintain and improve databases for the Project’s that accurately report on progress and decisions, highlight issues, and are suitable for analysing data;
  • Undertake procurement actions;
  • Provide necessary backstopping on administrative actions;
  • Prepare and translate necessary documents, reports to donors, UNDP, Programme Board, and others as relevant;
  • Follow-up on timely disbursements by UNDP CO;
  • Assist in the preparation of payment requests for operational expenses, salaries, insurance, etc. against project budgets and work plans;
  • Support the preparations of project work plans and operational and financial planning processes; and
  • Monitor project activities, budget and financial expenditures and maintain a proper record of approved project budgets and their revisions.

Project Management:

  • Proactively contribute to day-to-day project implementation and ensure conformity to expected results and project work-plans;
  • Maintain project correspondence and communication;
  • Collect, register and maintain all information on the project activities;
  • Contribute to the preparation and implementation of progress reports;
  • Prepare agendas and arrange field visits, appointments and meetings both internal and external related to the project activities and write minutes from the meetings;
  • Maintain project filing system;
  • Maintain records on all project personnel/national consultants and their respective status (contracts, ToRs, time and attendance – if appropriate, etc.) in accordance with accepted policies and procedures; and
  • Assist in logistical organization of meetings, training and workshops.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Required education level

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Accounting, Forestry, Geography or Sustainable Development; or any other related Social Sciences Degrees; a Post-graduate Degree in Environmental Management and Natural Science may be an advantage.

Required experience:

  • 3 years of experience in Project management for biodiversity-related projects and with proven working knowledge of financial management aspects of projects;

Area(s) of expertise:

  • Economics and Finance, Administration, Development programmes

Driving license


  • English, Level: Fluent, Required

Eligibility criteria

  • 27 – 80


  • Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.

Competencies and values:

  • Demonstrate commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Shares knowledge and experience; and
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
  • Proven ability to problem-solve and think creatively to develop and implement smart business solutions in a challenging socio-economic environment;
  • Ability to establish and maintain contacts with senior-level officials of the host government required. Excellent interpersonal skills are an essential part of the job;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is required to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents.
  • Leadership and self-mmanagement;
  • Focuses on results for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure; and
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to [UNDP
  • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNDP in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains.
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise.
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work.
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely
  • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards [UNDP]’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.
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Application Closing Date
4th October, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online




Job Title: Humanitarian Affairs Associate

Location: Abuja
Host Entity: UNOCHA
Duration: 12 months
Sustainable Development Goal: 1. No poverty
Expected Start Date: 01/12/2022
Description of Assignment Title: Humanitarian Affairs Associate
Volunteer category: International UN Youth Volunteer

Mission and Objectives:

  • OCHA provides critical support to the humanitarian community in the areas of supporting and facilitating the development of policies and approaches to delivery of assistance, coordination, information management, advocacy and public communications, civil-military and access coordination and humanitarian financing.
  • OCHA has laid the groundwork for coordination with the Government at federal and state levels, establishing a platform for response operations has enabled humanitarian partners to deliver life-saving assistance and protection.


  • The humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states in north-east Nigeria is one of the most severe in the world today, with 8.7 million people in need of assistance and over 1.9 million internally displaced.
  • What started as a localised insurgency more than twelve years ago has turned into a regional armed conflict with no clear end in sight.
  • Violent attacks by non-state armed groups and counter-operations have continued to drive vulnerabilities and needs among affected people and communities.
  • Underlying issues of widespread poverty, unemployment, socio-economic imbalances, marginalization, governance deficits, rapid population growth and climate shocks – which rank among root causes of the crisis – remain largely unaddressed.
  • The insecurity is a growing threat to the humanitarian response in the north-east, and increasingly affecting OCHA and other humanitarian actors and their ability to deliver critical assistance to those in need.
  • UN agencies and international and national NGOs are increasingly directly targeted by non-state armed groups, consequently limiting the already strained humanitarian space OCHA and others operate in.
  • This is taking place amidst a rapidly deteriorating food security and nutrition situation, with more than a quarter of households in the northeast being food insecure.
  • Alternative operating modalities are continually explored to ensure safety and security of humanitarian workers while continuing to provide basic services and assistance to the most vulnerable communities.

Task Description
Under the direct supervision of Civil Military Coordination Officer/ Head of CivMil and Access Unit, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Supports the Unit and sub-offices in implementing the access strategy and civil-military coordination for the northeast Nigerian context.
  • Support the team during monitoring, analysing and reporting on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/ management or emergency situations in northeast Nigeria.
  • Assists the team in reviewing and providing advice on humanitarian access, civil-military coordination, safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring effective delivery of humanitarian assistance; organizes and supports follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support access and civil-military coordination work and decision making on important issues.
  • Work as part of a team in drafting and preparing regular access and civil-military coordination papers/reports highlighting relevant policy and operational factors affecting access, the humanitarian situation and response efforts.
  • Supports the roll-out and maintenance of an access database (Access Monitoring and Reporting Framework (AMRF)), including access tracking, reporting and analysis, providing timely analysis and updates to various coordination for a and key stakeholders.
  • Participates in large, complex projects, to include disaster assessment or other missions;
  • Assists the Team Lead in the coordination of international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations and in ensuring the necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); drafts situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements.
  • Provides substantial support to sector/cluster working groups as required and facilitate exchange on cross-cutting issues re: access and civil-military coordination.
  • Assists in establishing and maintaining contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations, military interlocuters, diplomatic missions, media, etc.
  • Supports access advocacy initiatives on issues impacting humanitarian needs and response efforts through the collection of information, liaison with humanitarian partners, government officials, etc.
  • Supports the organization and participation of working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on civil-military coordination and humanitarian access-related matters.
  • Supports the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.
  • Performs other duties as required.
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Required Education Level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency preparedness, Crisis / Emergency Relief Management, Rehabilitation, Development or a related area.
  • Humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is required. Experience in the UN Common System is desirable. Experience in the region is desirable.

Required experience:

  • 0 years of experience in 0 to 2 years experience working in humanitarian context, emergency and programme development.

Area(s) of expertise:

  • Crisis and emergency response, Development programmes, Security and protection

Driving license


  • English, Level: Fluent, Required

Eligibility criteria

  • 18 – 26 years old.

Additional eligibility criteria:

  • This assignment is funded by the Government of the Republic of Ireland and therefore specific criteria apply:
  • The age criteria is broadened to include candidates who will be between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the assignment.


  • Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Competencies and Values:

  • Accountability
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Building Trust
  • Client Orientation
  • Commitment and Motivation
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Empowering Others
  • Ethics and Values
  • Integrity
  • Judgement and Decision-making
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Leadership
  • Managing Performance
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Self-Management
  • Technological Awareness
  • Vision
  • Working in Teams.

Other Information:
Living Conditions and Remarks:

  • The assignment will take place in the nation’s capital, Abuja (Hardship Classification C).
  • Abuja is housed by many expatriate and diplomatic communities. Cost of living in Abuja varies but could be termed as high considering the class of people residing in the capital city.
  • Terrorism is the main threat in the Abuja. General crime is also prevalent.
  • UN staff members are advised to stay only in UNDSS assessed hotels and residential areas.
  • As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

Application Closing Date
3rd October, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Only the following are eligible to apply: Irish citizens or a European Economic Area nationals with an unrestricted right to reside in Ireland or have a declaration of refugee status from the Minister for Justice and Law Reform.
  • Selected candidates will be invited for an Assignment Preparation Training (online) in February 2023.
  • The start of the assignment is scheduled for February/March 2023.

Inclusivity statement:

  • United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals.
  • We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics.
  • As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements:

  • Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy