The United Nations Youth Volunteers Programme

Are you Swiss, under 29 years old and hold a Master’s degree? Would you like to gain valuable field experience with a UN organisation while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Each year, the Swiss Government finances up to 30 United Nations Youth Volunteer (UNYV) positions. UNYV assignments, which last one year, are a unique opportunity to learn, discover the multilateral system and kick-start your career in the area of international cooperation. This programme is reserved for Swiss nationals only, therefore the number of applicants is relatively low.To ensure one can fully immerse in these assignments, all travel, relocation, life and health insurance costs are covered by the programme and a monthly living allowance is paid.

Why Swiss UN Youth Volunteer positions

To work with UN organisations in developing countriesTo obtain on-the-job trainingTo increase knowledge and competencies in your work area of interest, while living in dynamic and multifaceted settingsTo join the work force of young Swiss professionals in the area of international cooperation

Applications now open

Apply by 13 September 2020

Minimum requirements

Swiss nationalityMaster’s degree in a relevant fieldIdeally 12 months of relevant professional experience (min. 3 months – max. 24 months)Max. 28 years old at the start of the assignment Excellent command of English and active knowledge of 2 official Swiss languagesDemonstrated thematic interest in international cooperation, development, human rights, peace promotion or humanitarian affairs

Types of assignment

UNYV positions are very diverse, depend on the UN organisations’ thematic priorities and are oriented towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some examples of types of positions: Human rightsProgramme analysis and coordinationGender equalityMonitoring and evaluationPeacebuilding coordinationGraduates with a background from law to economics, social sciences to international relations are encouraged to apply to the programme.For more information please open this linkhttps://www.cinfo.ch/en/unyv