2021 UN Volunteer in Youth Peace and Security Program

Deadline: June 15, 2021.

UNV is based in Bonn, Germany, with around 150 staff members at headquarters, and over 9,400 volunteers deployed in the field in 2020. UNV has an office in New York, six regional offices in Amman, Bangkok, Dakar, Istanbul, Nairobi and Panama City, a liaison office in Tokyo and around 60 Field Units. 


Under the guidance of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: As part of the Youth, Peace and Security team, the youth volunteer will support OSGEYs work on youth, peace and security by:

  1. Supporting the Program Officer with implementing the key UNSC resolutions on Youth, Peace and Security in collaboration with the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security
  2. Providing overall programmatic support including knowledge management and organizing side events, meetings, webinars and communication campaigns on Youth, Peace and Security
  3. Supporting the Program Officer in strategically promoting meaningful participation of young peacebuilders in the advocacy efforts of OSGEY
  4. Supporting the Program Officer in organizing the High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes (January 2022 – TBC)
  5. Supporting the development of key messages, briefing notes, background notes and talking points for the Youth Envoy
  6. Providing support with developing OSGEY’s communication and outreach on Youth, Peace and Security
  7. Supporting writing proposals for funding for initiatives and donor reporting  Supporting liaising and coordination on Youth, Peace and Security issues with different branches of the UN system, civil society organizations, youth networks on peace and security, and the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security  Participating in coordination meetings within and outside the UN system on behalf of OSGEY
  8. Performing other duties as required


  1. Candidate age: between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
  2. Possess Bachelor degree or equivalent
  3. Recognized First Level University degree in one of the following fields: Political Science, Peace and Conflict studies, Human Rights, International Development or other relevant subject area.
  4. Previous formal or informal experience in working on projects and programmes relating to Youth, Peace, and Security.
  5. Fluency in English (both oral and written) and excellent writing skills
  6. Excellent coordination, interpersonal and communication skills, organized approach and positive working attitude
  7. Ability to work independently when given clear instructions
  8. A constructive and can-do attitude, strong work ethic, an ability to take initiative, multitask, and a drive for on-time delivery


  1. Demonstrated knowledge of the YPS agenda and its key resolutions would be considered an asset
  2. Previous formal or informal experience in coordinating youth focused and youth led initiatives would be considered an asset
  3. Previous experience with youth organizations will be considered an asset
  4. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and Google Drive, digital organizing tools would be considered an asset
  5. Fluency in another Official UN language, in addition to English, would be considered an asset


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