By dedicating time and effort to support marginalized communities, advocate for justice, and raise awareness about human rights issues, volunteers play a vital role in advancing the cause of human dignity and equality. Whether through grassroots initiatives, advocacy campaigns, or direct service, volunteering empowers individuals to make a tangible difference and create positive change in the world.

HRGD Volunteers

What are HRGD Volunteers

The HRGD Volunteers programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. The programme, administered by the HRGD Development Programme (UNDP), integrates qualified, highly motivated and well supported professionals into the work of different UN offices and agencies, and promotes the value and global recognition of volunteerism.

In 2018, 7,201 UN volunteers were deployed worldwide and 81% of them were from countries of the Global South. UNV is directly in charge of the actual recruitment and assignment of volunteers, who support the work of the UN in the field, regional offices, and at the Headquarters with their talent and skills, while obtaining hands-on professional experience with the UN.

Application Process

here are two basic types of volunteer opportunities: volunteer abroad and volunteer in one’s own country. The application follows a similar process: those interested in becoming UN volunteers must first sign up at website and complete a profile to be included in the ‘Global Talent Pool’, which is a roster of people interested in the programme. As many details as possible should be provided regarding relevant qualifications, skills and professional experience.

As per UNV regulations and standards, the minimum age is 25 for international assignments and 22 for national assignments. Basic requirements include a university degree or higher technician diploma (a master’s degree may be needed depending on the nature of the job), two years of relevant work experience and good working knowledge of at least one of the 3 UNV working languages – English, French and Spanish. No proof or test is required to verify the level of knowledge of any given language.

The HRGD Volunteer programme also looks for motivated and talented youth between the ages of 18 and 29 (candidates must be younger than 29 throughout the duration of their service). The educational background and experience required varies by assignment, but generally work experience over two years is not expected.

Once the candidate completes their profile, there are two ways for them to be selected. The first is when assignments are sent to UNV, a search is conducted in the applicant pool for profiles matching the requirements of the assignment; qualified candidates are then contacted. In the second scenario, the individual can apply specifically to a ‘special call’, which normally requires a faster deployment of the volunteer. All special calls can be found here. Each position has a ‘Description of Assignment’ where the assignment details and requirements are fully described.

Volunteering Opportunities

As a grassroots membership organization, Amnesty International USA is led by volunteers and members across the country. Individuals can take action, join activist network and group, and serve as member leaders with specific responsibilities and specialties.

Some people want to volunteer to make a positive impact on the world. Others may be moved by personal experience or by a sense of moral responsibility to stand up for the rights of everyone. Volunteering can be an opportunity to learn more about important issues, to gain new skills, and to meet and connect with people who care about the same things. Our volunteers often talk about gaining a sense of purpose and fulfillment while doing critical work in making a positive difference in the world. 

Area Coordinators

These are volunteers who support groups in their state to take impactful actions for human rights by collaborating with other activists and mobilizing their communities. Apply to be an area coordinator. 

Community Coordinator

As a Community Organizing Coordinator, you will lead a Task Force in your state on a specific human rights issue. You will coordinate work that takes place on that issue in the state, anywhere from a local to Federal level. This can look like recruiting others to the Task Force, planning events, facilitating trainings, and carrying out direct actions in your community! Connect with an organizer in your state to become a COC.

Thematic Specialist

These are volunteers with expertise in specific areas who work to develop and implement strategies to advance human rights.






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