UN Volunteers

Our Inspiration

 Volunteers from all around the globe come to Bangladesh to learn and support local development projects.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme harnesses the power of volunteerism to promote peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging communities to transform the pace and nature of development.

UNV advocates for recognition of volunteers' impact and contributions, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, mobilizing volunteers from across the world.

UNV and Volunteerism in Bangladesh

Over 16 million people volunteer each year in areas including education, health, environmental protection and disaster response. Volunteerism is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Volunteers have been working in Bangladesh since 1975, promoting development initiatives that aim to improve living conditions and contribute to sustainable development.

UNV in Bangladesh has a wide scope of activities including:

  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Resource mobilization,
  • Advocacy campaigns on SDGs and Human Rights
  • Research and project design support
  • UN system support
  • Partnership building and emergency response
  • Incubating innovation

If you want to know more about our work, please visit our website.

What is provided to a UN volunteer?

  • Settling-in Grant calculated based on the duration of assignment, to be paid at the beginning of the posting;
  • Monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) for basic living costs;
  • Pre-departure entitlements (shipment of personal effects, miscellaneous expenses for visa fee, medical examination) and air tickets to and from the country of assignment;
  • Life, health and permanent disability insurances;
  • Annual leave at a rate of two and a half working days a month; and
  • Resettlement allowance upon satisfactory completion of an assignment, based on its duration


 Youth of the Bangladesh are major agents of change across the country. Photo: UNV Bangladesh.
  • University degree or higher technical diploma
  • At least 25 years old (no upper age limit)
  • Several years of relevant working experience
  • Good working knowledge of at least one of the three UN working languages: English, French or Spanish
  • Strong commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to adjust to difficult living conditions
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Prior volunteering and/or working experience in a developing country

Online Volunteers

Online Volunteers are motivated people from all around the world who want to offer their time and expertise to help promote peace and development. The online volunteers working from their homes are students, home-makers, retirees, or professionals from various fields who all have specific talents and skills. What they have in common is a strong commitment to making a real difference in development.

Through the Online Volunteering Service, volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet. Online volunteers come from all over the world. In 2012, 62 percent were from developing countries, and nearly 60 percent were women, and 62 percent were youth.


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