In recent years, nearly 20% of UN Volunteer assignments globally, or well over 1500 assignments per annum, are in support of the mandates and programmes of partners involved at all stages of the emergency and protracted humanitarian assistance spectrum.
UNV interventions support direct emergency relief line functions of partner UN agencies in a wide range of sectors including humanitarian information gathering, coordination, protection, shelter, food, health, water and sanitation, and logistics. In protracted situations, UN Volunteers typically support food aid monitoring, camp management services (refugee/IDPs), reintegration, delivery of basic services and livelihoods. In all of these sectors, national and international UN Volunteers, who often reside and work directly in the crisis-affected communities themselves, bring local knowledge and expertise to ensure greater inclusion of marginalized groups, local ownership, and sustainability of UN humanitarian and early recovery programmes.
volunteerism, including more strategic placement of UN Volunteer assignments, can best establish meaningful and sustainable joint programming activities.
Within the humanitarian priority area, UNV focuses on operational and programme interventions with the respective Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC), lead agencies in protection of refugees and IDPs (WFP, UNHCR), emergency response (OCHA), child protection (UNICEF) and provision of basic services and livelihoods (UNDP). UNV will further strengthen its partnerships with these agencies by better understanding the partners’ strategic programmes, and identifying concrete areas where the added value of volunteerism, including more strategic placement of UN Volunteer assignments, can best establish meaningful and sustainable joint programming activities.