UN Volunteers

Youth volunteers in Sudan part of the Rebuilding Darfur Project.Community Volunteers in South Kordofan (Photo credit UNV Sudan)

Who we are

At the heart of Volunteerism are the ideals of service and solidarity and the belief that together we can make the world a better place. In that sense, we can say that volunteerism is the ultimate expression of what the United Nations is all about” - Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world.

Our Goal

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. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and in transforming the pace and nature of development

UNV in Sudan

The UNV programme in Sudan works with and through partners (UN agencies, funds and programmes and volunteer involving organizations) to integrate volunteers in programme country efforts to achieve national objectives. The programme contributes to development effectiveness through its advocacy activities, the advisory support in development programming and through the volunteers it deploys across the country.

More than 100 international and national UN Volunteers are currently deployed in different UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Sudan, under the management of the UNV Field Unit in Sudan. International UN Volunteers in Sudan represent more than 30 nationalities. The majority of UN Volunteers serve as Specialized Programme Officers with UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA or as Protection and Field officers within UNHCR Operations In Sudan.

Be a UN Volunteer!

Everyone can contribute their time, skills and knowledge through volunteer action. Their combined efforts can be a significant force for achieving peace and development.

Volunteering makes important economic and social contributions, contributing to a more cohesive society by building trust and reciprocity among citizens. It can be both challenging and rewarding and requires you to use your skills in a new context. You can also transfer useful knowledge while gaining a greater understanding of the issues affecting other people.

As a UN Volunteer you have the extraordinary opportunity to create beneficial change and have a positive impact on people's lives. Even if your UNV assignment is fairly short, it can have a long-term impact and achieve a ripple effect that extends far beyond the immediate beneficiaries of your efforts.

Your role as a UN Volunteer is that of both facilitator and catalyst. UNV encourages you to be creative and entrepreneurial in finding ways to develop capacity and to promote and foster volunteerism for peace and development - both within and beyond the formal framework of your assignment.

UN Volunteers globally come from around 160 countries and many more cultural backgrounds, and thanks to this wide variety of perspectives they bring a range of experiences, expectations and approaches. This diversity gives their work a particular dynamism.

UN Volunteers are thus part of a global, cumulative effort that integrates volunteerism as a core contribution to peace and development: and the concept of volunteerism for peace and development  is at the core of UNV’s mission.

At the request of UN agencies, national governments and other partners, UNV mobilizes close to volunteers to work in Development Assistance projects and in Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Operations. Although UN Volunteers from diverse professional and technical backgrounds are always in demand, there are particular areas of expertise where potential volunteers with relevant backgrounds and skills are more frequently requested.

How to Volunteer
Are you interested and/or available to volunteer your time and skills?

International UNV assignments:
For information on serving in countries other than your own as an international UN Volunteer, register to be a UN Volunteer at www.unv.org.  Complete your profile online and keep it updated. Once you have joined the UNV roster you will be considered if a vacancy matches your qualifications.

National UNV assignments:
For information on serving in Sudan as a national UN Volunteer, please contact our UNV office at UNDP.
NUNV opportunities are been advertised on www.sudanjob.net. Set your profile and check regularly for new posts.
You can also follow us on Facebook for national/international opportunities: https://www.facebook.com/UNV.Sudan

Online Volunteering
Through the UNV Online Volunteering service, volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet.
For information about how to become an online volunteer and about the UNV Online Volunteering service, visit the Online Volunteering service website: www.onlinevolunteering.org

Community Volunteering in Sudan
UNV Field Unit in Sudan runs and organize many community initiatives where young people come together to give to their communities. This includes different trainings, outreach activities, school rehabilitations, campaigns and other events, etc.
To find more and/or to join us in our community initiatives visit our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/UNV.Sudan

Our Stories

Volunteers actively engaged in restoring children wards at the Khartoum Hospital.
International Volunteer Day Observance 2010 in Sudan UNVs, Children’s Charity Team UP to Restore Hospital Palliative Centre for Cancer Patients in Khartoum

Volunteering for Millennium Development Goals” was the theme of the International Volunteer Day 2010 in Khartoum. A commemorative event was organized to celebrate the IVD 2010 amidst much festivity at the Radiation and Isotopes Center in Khartoum (RICK) of the Khartoum City Hospital.more 

Interviewing women associated with armed forces (WAAF) in a dressmaking workshop in Roseries
Mixing (small) Business and Pleasure: a UNV story in Sudan

On a dusty side road in Damazine in Blue Nile State, near a sparkling but empty Chinese hospital, Amir Muhamad Babiker tends his shop. It’s not big, but it’s his and this Tuesday morning it seems the whole town is looking for sugar.more 

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