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Provision of Multi-country data collection services for UNV, Bonn, Germany.
Procurement Process :RFP - Request for proposal
Deadline :29-Feb-24 @ 12:00 PM (New York time)
Published on :01-Feb-24 @ 12:00 AM (New York time)
Development Area :OTHER  OTHER
Reference Number :UNV-00195
Contact :UNV procurement -

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Introduction :

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme administered by UNDP is seeking for a firm to provide Multi-country data collection services for UNV, Bonn, Germany. All qualified firms that meet with the requirement in the solicitation documents and is interested in submitting a proposal in response to this RFP should please prepare your proposal in accordance with the requirements and procedure as set out in this RFP and submit it by the deadline for submission of proposals set out in the request for Proposal.

The UNV organization

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. UNV contributes to peace and development by supporting Member states to leverage volunteerism as a means of implementation and people’s engagement to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany with an office in New York and has six regional offices in Amman, Bangkok, Dakar, Istanbul, Nairobi and Panama.   

UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany and has approximately 150 staff positions – with the majority in Bonn and some positions with different UN peacekeeping and political missions, and in other Headquarters locations (e.g. New York).

Organisational setting

The Volunteer Advisory Services Section (VASS) is responsible for implementing Outcome 3 of UNV’s Strategic Framework 2022-25, the promotion of volunteerism. VASS generates knowledge on the contribution of volunteering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), consolidating evidence and advocating with Member States and the UN system to integrate volunteerism in their policies and plans, as a cross-cutting means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda and in alignment with the UNV Strategic Framework 2022-2025. VASS also produces the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR), a flagship UN publication that provides latest information and commentary on volunteering trends and practices around the globe.

State of the World’s Volunteerism Report and Measurement of Volunteer Work

The first SWVR edition on the theme: Universal Values for Global Well-being was published in 2011 and highlighted the significant social and economic contribution of volunteers to development. The SWVR 2015 on Transforming Governance established how volunteerism played a role in helping governments fulfil their duties and responsibilities through accountability and monitoring mechanisms. The SWVR 2018 on Volunteerism and Community Resilience focused on how communities joined together to develop collective resources to cope with shocks and stress, particularly in marginalized contexts where there were limited state provisions. The latest edition, the 2022 State of the World's Volunteerism Report on the theme: Building Equal and Inclusive Societies, looked at how volunteers and governments worked together to collaborate and co-create more inclusive structures and mechanisms that are fit for 21st century development challenges. 


The next edition of the SWVR, to be published in 2025, will focus on the measurement of the value and contribution of volunteer work. It will include a chapter on global volunteer work estimates (scale and scope of volunteering). In addition, it will cover several thematic areas, incl. (i) value of volunteering on the individual volunteer; (ii) value of volunteering to communities and societies; (iii) contribution of volunteering to national public goods; and (iv) economic value of volunteering.


Measuring the scale and scope of volunteering worldwide through official statistical sources remains challenging. In terms of official statistics from national governments, less than 70 countries, mainly from the global North, are known to have measured and included volunteering data in their official statistics[1]. This data focuses on the number of female and male volunteers engaged in organization-based and direct volunteering. Only a limited number of countries have implemented the ILO recommendations on the measurement of volunteering which seeks to standardize volunteer measurement and which would most effectively facilitate aggregation and comparative analysis.

Over the past years, UNV has partnered with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote and facilitate the regular measurement of volunteer work worldwide. Key achievements include the development and testing of survey tools for the statistical measurement of volunteer work[2] and the technical support on measurement of volunteer work to Member States.

However, the lack of consistency of country-level measurements of volunteer work, coupled with the fact that some countries only measure formal volunteering, make calculating global estimates on volunteering challenging. In addition, data on volunteer rate by type of volunteering and gender is available mainly from the Global North, with only a few countries from the Global South producing such statistics. This makes estimates less representative because they do not reflect regional differences.

Apart from these challenges and limitations, methodologies used to calculate global estimated on volunteering has so far not been standardized, which has led to methodological and data inconsistencies in the SWVRs that were published so far. Through a renewed partnership, UNV and ILO are aiming to develop a standardized methodology for calculating global estimates on volunteer work for the SWVR 2025. The global estimates will be based on existing data in ILOSTAT, as well as data collected under UNV leadership in a number of additional countries.

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