UN Youth Volunteer Programme

The UN Youth Volunteer Programme for Italian nationals is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy and implemented by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.  This initiative provides university graduates with the opportunity to offer their services to developing countries for a 12-month period, and to impact on development results on the ground. Participants gain new skills and grow at the professional and personal level; they strengthen their professional expertise, broaden peer networks and gain international exposure and experience within the United Nations system.

The UNV programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism. UNV is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and by the idea that everyone can contribute their time and energy towards peace and development. With partners, UNV advocates for volunteerism, integrates volunteerism into development planning and mobilizes volunteers. The enormous potential of volunteerism is an inspiration to UNV and to volunteers around the world.


DoA Country Assignment Title Entity
pdf Bolivia UN Youth Volunteer in Social Policy UNICEF
pdf El Salvador UN Youth Volunteer in Poverty Reduction UNDP
pdf Kenya UN Youth Volunteer in SDG Monitoring and Reporting UNEP/DEWA
pdf Senegal UN Youth Volunteer in Gender equality, Humanitarian Response and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence assistance UN Women Regional Office (RO) for West and Central Africa
pdf Sudan UN Youth Volunteer in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene IOM
pdf Tunisia UN Youth Volunteer in Human Rights UNOHCHR
pdf Sudan UN Youth Volunteer in Private Sector Development UNDP


Age: Candidates must be born on or after 1 January 1989.

Qualifications: Candidates must hold an advanced university degree, such as:
Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica.
Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico.
Laurea/Laurea Triennale plus university Master’s degree, awarded before the application deadline.
Bachelor’s degree plus university Master’s degree, awarded before the application deadline.

Professional experience: Candidates should have up to two years of working experience.
While the UN Youth Volunteer is expected to substantively contribute to the work of the agency, the youth modality has been carefully designed to also provide hands-on experience to those young people who have not had the opportunity to gain a wealth of professional experience yet. In this regard, it aims at enhancing the skills and competencies of the Youth, including through a learning component that is an integral part of the assignment. Based on this concept, candidate’s previous work experience in areas relevant for the assignment, should not exceed two years, wherein volunteer experience or internships count as work experience if they involve substantial work, or are directly related to the candidates’ field of study.

Languages: Fluency in at least one of the three UNV working languages: English, French and Spanish. The language requirements vary according to the country of assignment, the information is specified in each Description of Assignment (DoA).

All Interested candidates are encouraged to indicate any internationally accepted English standard test (e.g. TOEFL / TEPS) in their application under ‘Additional Remarks’. If another language is required as per DOA, candidates are encouraged to indicate in their application certificates received in that language.

Eligible nationalities: Italian nationals

Documentary evidence:
A copy of a valid passport will be requested only from short-listed candidates. Please note that the interview is subject to receipt of this document.

If you are not a candidate in the UNV database, please apply by registering your profile through the link provided in the corresponding Description of Assignment (DoA).
The advertisement code mentioned in the DoA will appear automatically under the ‘Special Recruitment’ tab of your UNV profile and can be changed from there if needed.

If you already are a candidate in the UNV database, please update your profile through http://MyProfile.unv.org and select the code of the assignment you wish to apply for from the drop down list in the ‘Special Recruitment’ tab of ‘MyProfile’.

Should you wish to be considered for more than one UN Youth Volunteer assignment, you can express your interest in other DOAs in the ‘Additional Remarks’ section of your profile by entering there the corresponding code. Please note however that your profile will be proposed to the host agency for only one UN Youth Volunteer assignment.

Closing date: Profiles of interested applicants must be fully registered in the UNV database of candidates not later than 8th November 2015 (applications received after that date will not be taken into consideration)

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the UNV programme.

It is planned that telephone conversations and telephone/skype interviews of the shortlisted candidates will take place during between mid-November and early December 2015.

The selected candidates are expected to attend a four-day assignment preparation training (APT) in Bonn, Germany early March 2016 and start their UN Youth Volunteer assignment at the end of March 2016. Please note that the travel for attending the training will only be covered from the donor country to Bonn and return.