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Join our UNV Programme Officer Pool
UNV Programme Officer Menchita Caramat (far left), seen here with colleagues from the UNDP Afghanistan New Beginnings Programme. (UNV), is often the only woman on field missions. (UNV)
UNV Programme Officers (UNV POs) are the senior country level representatives of the organization in ensuring and delivering key results of the UNV Strategic Framework

UNV has approximately 70 UNV Programme Officers in the field. They normally report to the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (Programme) at country level, while working in close collaboration with a Portfolio Manager at UNV headquarters in Bonn, Germany.

Read the stories of three former UNV POs: Vojtech HledikGerman Robles Osuna and Maria Oset Serra.


Advocacy and Partnership Building
Programme Development and Management
Volunteer Mobilization and Management

(Click here to see the generic description of assignment and Conditions of Service)


Master’s degree in social sciences, political science, public or business administration, economics or related fields
5 years of relevant professional experience and proven track record in managing and implementing programmes in the context of development or in the area of humanitarian relief or in crisis management. Work experience with the United Nations is an asset.

Fluency in English is required. However, since many of the upcoming vacancies require bilingual candidates, we strongly encourage candidates who are fluent in English and, in addition, French or Spanish or Portuguese to apply. Any additional language (such as Arabic or Russian) is an asset, and another UN official language is highly desirable.


UNV is currently building up a Talent Pool, which includes qualified, pre-assessed and evaluated candidates earmarked to become the next generation of UNV Programme Officers.

An open advertisement will be made as widely as possible (including in the UNV website and other means). Candidates will be able to apply through the UNV website registering their profile in the UNV database using a specific application code. Already registered candidates will also be able to apply by using the application code indicated in the advertisement. The next pool advertisement is scheduled for January/February 2017. Keep posted here!


We are currently in the process of preparing the next selection process for the Pool that may include the following steps: telephone screening/video interviewing, technical assessments and competency based interviews. Since this process will be for a group of candidates, and not be limited to one assignment, we do expect the entire process to take up to three months.

Once the Pool has been established, the UNV Programme Officer placement exercise will be conducted at least twice per year to select candidates from the pre-assessed Pool to fill vacant UNV Programme Officer positions, without further interview/selection process.

Note: Eligibility criteria for UN Volunteers and UNV Programme Officers who are currently serving will be communicated separately to all UNV Field Units.

UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)