The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.
Every 3 years UNV produces a global flagship publication on volunteerism, The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR). The latest SWVR report was published in 2018 under the title “The Thread that Binds: Volunteerism and Community Resilience” and contained a chapter on global volunteerism estimates, which was based on the background paper “Current Estimates and Next Steps: The Scope and Scale of Global Volunteering”. For the 2021 publication of the SWVR, UNV is looking for a Consultant Statistician to update and provide global volunteerism estimates. The report production is managed in UNV’s Volunteer Advisory Services Section (VASS). This consultancy will be managed by the VASS Policy Specialist as part of the overall SWVR project.
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