United Nations Volunteers
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that supports human development globally by promoting volunteerism and by mobilizing volunteers.
UNV is administered by UNDP and operates amidst growing recognition that volunteerism makes important contributions, economically and socially, to more cohesive societies by building trust and reciprocity among citizens.
UNV has been working in Viet Nam since 1990 to increase the involvement of UN Volunteers and volunteers in general in a wide range of development activities that contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
There are normally between 40 and 60 national and international UN Volunteers serving in Viet Nam. They serve within UN Agencies and governmental and social organizations filling a wide variety of needs to help Viet Nam achieve the MDGs.
UNV’s can work in long and short-term assignments in the public, private and non-governmental sectors. In Viet Nam, potential volunteers can work as Volunteer Specialists, Volunteer Associates, under the Community Exchange Programme or in short-term assignments under the Corporate/Private Sector Programme. Young volunteers have the option to serve as UNV Interns or University Volunteers. For more information on the different volunteer models available in Viet Nam, please visit the modalities section on UNV Viet Nam website.
UNV encourages Vietnamese people to share their experiences and skills and volunteer in other developing countries on their own international UNV assignments.
Many online volunteers from across the world also support Viet Nam’s development offering their expertise when they can, using their computer and an Internet connection.
UNV helps all kinds of organizations in Viet Nam to involve volunteers in their activities, as well as helping to connect volunteer-involving agencies with individuals interested in volunteering.
On occasions such as International Volunteer Day (5 December), - UNV collaborates with other volunteer groups and individuals to organize public events to promote the importance of volunteerism for development.
UNV is also expanding the volunteer network and contributing to the achievement of the MDGs in Viet Nam by directly supporting development programmes.
To date, UNV has successfully supported programmes in the areas of social work, vocational training and youth employment, and World Heritage Preservation. UNV is currently working in partnership with the Viet Nam Women’s Union and UNAIDS to promote the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA).
In order to create a highly supportive and sustainable environment for volunteerism in Viet Nam, UNV supports national counterparts in the development of volunteer infrastructure, such as a national volunteer resource centre, national volunteer schemes, policy development and studies on volunteerism. UNV also builds partnerships with volunteer involving agencies under its MDG Small Grant Facility.