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Re: UN Volunteering

Post by cherrygirl » 05 Sep 2019, 09:16

UN is also largely affected by current global financial crises. Therefore, I heard the UN is using UNVs to hire people with experience instead of hiring staff members with all the benefits. So of course those with more experience will go for UNVs.

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Re: UN Volunteering

Post by johne » 06 Sep 2019, 13:48

I have a question. Does anyone send cover letter(s) for UNV positions? If so, where would you send it?

Also, what do you put for "Additional Remarks" (there very limited amount of characters)? Thank you

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Re: UN Volunteering

Post by wlimiadyx » 30 Sep 2019, 01:44

Hello folks,

I got an unexpected email from UNV proposing my profile for an 'International Volunteer Expert (Pilot)' position in UNDP Singapore last week. And since then, I have had burning questions to ask:

1) What is an IVE (Pilot) and what differentiates it from other types of volunteer?
2) I have never signed up for this, yet I received this email and the assignment is now sitting in my VMAM profile. Out of pure curiosity, is my profile being used as 3rd/4th option to fulfill recruitment checklist?
3) I checked VMAM calculator to get an approximate VLA and other allowances a Pilot would get, and to my surprise, the value is USD 0 - except for USD 500 Learning Allowance. Bear in mind, the minimum requirements for the post are Advanced higher degree with at least 96-month required experience. It's baffling me.
4) I am currently listed in FAO JPO Roster and actively applying for JPO vacancies. Hypothetically I am recruited for said IUNV position, does it mean I am no longer eligible for Roster?

Looking forward to hearing your valuable response.
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Re: UN Volunteering

Post by johne » 07 Oct 2019, 11:55

wlimiadyx wrote:
30 Sep 2019, 01:44
Hello folks,

I got an unexpected email from UNV proposing my profile for an 'International Volunteer Expert (Pilot)' position in UNDP Singapore last week. And since then, I have had burning questions to ask:

1) What is an IVE (Pilot) and what differentiates it from other types of volunteer?
2) I have never signed up for this, yet I received this email and the assignment is now sitting in my VMAM profile. Out of pure curiosity, is my profile being used as 3rd/4th option to fulfill recruitment checklist?
3) I checked VMAM calculator to get an approximate VLA and other allowances a Pilot would get, and to my surprise, the value is USD 0 - except for USD 500 Learning Allowance. Bear in mind, the minimum requirements for the post are Advanced higher degree with at least 96-month required experience. It's baffling me.
4) I am currently listed in FAO JPO Roster and actively applying for JPO vacancies. Hypothetically I am recruited for said IUNV position, does it mean I am no longer eligible for Roster?

Looking forward to hearing your valuable response.
Hi Will. I just wanted to let you know that i am not expert on the process but from my knowledge about UN:
1) Pilot meaning done as an experiment. Not sure why it is "Pilot" for international volunteers, i have usually seen that for "National" positions. For example, there are refugee camps and they offer a position of a "Pilot community volunteer", so they are trying out to see if it is better for a person that lives in community to work as "x" position, since he is already there and have more knowledge than someone from the same country but different city/location.
2) When you register for UNV and your profile is "Active", you can receive offers for volunteering, that is normal. The ones that everyone usually apply for are "Special Calls" but there are non-advertised positions as well. Not sure about "3rd/4th option" - what do you mean by it?
3) If it is international position, i doubt that it is "0$"....
4) How does FAO JPO roster connected with UNV? FAO is a separate website. You can volunteer/work for one agency while being on a roster with the other, it is not a problem. You can even accept another unv position while already doing anoter unv assignment.

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Re: UN Volunteering

Post by wlimiadyx » 10 Oct 2019, 07:06

johne wrote:
07 Oct 2019, 11:55
Hi Will. I just wanted to let you know that i am not expert on the process but from my knowledge about UN:
1) Pilot meaning done as an experiment. Not sure why it is "Pilot" for international volunteers, i have usually seen that for "National" positions. For example, there are refugee camps and they offer a position of a "Pilot community volunteer", so they are trying out to see if it is better for a person that lives in community to work as "x" position, since he is already there and have more knowledge than someone from the same country but different city/location.
2) When you register for UNV and your profile is "Active", you can receive offers for volunteering, that is normal. The ones that everyone usually apply for are "Special Calls" but there are non-advertised positions as well. Not sure about "3rd/4th option" - what do you mean by it?
3) If it is international position, i doubt that it is "0$"....
4) How does FAO JPO roster connected with UNV? FAO is a separate website. You can volunteer/work for one agency while being on a roster with the other, it is not a problem. You can even accept another unv position while already doing anoter unv assignment.
Hi Johne,

Thanks for your clarifications.

Re: 3rd/4th option. I am cognisant that many vacant UN positions advertised already have preferred candidate(s) by appointment or from internal recruitment, but to comply with HR policy, regular recruitment process is still conducted to find 2-5 candidates for checklist purposes. This is by the way a common practice in many UN agencies in my home country. I wonder if this is the case with UNV.
Cheers

Will

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Re: UN Volunteering

Post by johne » 10 Oct 2019, 13:58

wlimiadyx wrote:
10 Oct 2019, 07:06
johne wrote:
07 Oct 2019, 11:55
Hi Will. I just wanted to let you know that i am not expert on the process but from my knowledge about UN:
1) Pilot meaning done as an experiment. Not sure why it is "Pilot" for international volunteers, i have usually seen that for "National" positions. For example, there are refugee camps and they offer a position of a "Pilot community volunteer", so they are trying out to see if it is better for a person that lives in community to work as "x" position, since he is already there and have more knowledge than someone from the same country but different city/location.
2) When you register for UNV and your profile is "Active", you can receive offers for volunteering, that is normal. The ones that everyone usually apply for are "Special Calls" but there are non-advertised positions as well. Not sure about "3rd/4th option" - what do you mean by it?
3) If it is international position, i doubt that it is "0$"....
4) How does FAO JPO roster connected with UNV? FAO is a separate website. You can volunteer/work for one agency while being on a roster with the other, it is not a problem. You can even accept another unv position while already doing anoter unv assignment.
Hi Johne,

Thanks for your clarifications.

Re: 3rd/4th option. I am cognisant that many vacant UN positions advertised already have preferred candidate(s) by appointment or from internal recruitment, but to comply with HR policy, regular recruitment process is still conducted to find 2-5 candidates for checklist purposes. This is by the way a common practice in many UN agencies in my home country. I wonder if this is the case with UNV.
Which home country is that? That is very unfortunate and should not happen; however, you will find on this forum that there are people who got in without any connections or without any UN/NGO experience. In terms of UNV, it is possible of course but very hard because UNV recruitment takes place in Bonn (as far i know). So first, HR in Bonn has to long-list you, then test you/interview you and place you in short-list and only then a "preferred candidate" can get a position. Again, on this forum, there are people that got UNV without any experience in UN/NGO and without any connections. The process is just very competitive and it takes a lot of tries but it is not impossible.

If someone was found guilty of preferencing, they could lose their job. I doubt someone will go through that risk for a UNV but that is simply my guess :)

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Re: UN Volunteering

Post by wlimiadyx » 14 Oct 2019, 14:10

johne wrote:
10 Oct 2019, 13:58
wlimiadyx wrote:
10 Oct 2019, 07:06
johne wrote:
07 Oct 2019, 11:55
Hi Will. I just wanted to let you know that i am not expert on the process but from my knowledge about UN:
1) Pilot meaning done as an experiment. Not sure why it is "Pilot" for international volunteers, i have usually seen that for "National" positions. For example, there are refugee camps and they offer a position of a "Pilot community volunteer", so they are trying out to see if it is better for a person that lives in community to work as "x" position, since he is already there and have more knowledge than someone from the same country but different city/location.
2) When you register for UNV and your profile is "Active", you can receive offers for volunteering, that is normal. The ones that everyone usually apply for are "Special Calls" but there are non-advertised positions as well. Not sure about "3rd/4th option" - what do you mean by it?
3) If it is international position, i doubt that it is "0$"....
4) How does FAO JPO roster connected with UNV? FAO is a separate website. You can volunteer/work for one agency while being on a roster with the other, it is not a problem. You can even accept another unv position while already doing anoter unv assignment.
Hi Johne,

Thanks for your clarifications.

Re: 3rd/4th option. I am cognisant that many vacant UN positions advertised already have preferred candidate(s) by appointment or from internal recruitment, but to comply with HR policy, regular recruitment process is still conducted to find 2-5 candidates for checklist purposes. This is by the way a common practice in many UN agencies in my home country. I wonder if this is the case with UNV.
Which home country is that? That is very unfortunate and should not happen; however, you will find on this forum that there are people who got in without any connections or without any UN/NGO experience. In terms of UNV, it is possible of course but very hard because UNV recruitment takes place in Bonn (as far i know). So first, HR in Bonn has to long-list you, then test you/interview you and place you in short-list and only then a "preferred candidate" can get a position. Again, on this forum, there are people that got UNV without any experience in UN/NGO and without any connections. The process is just very competitive and it takes a lot of tries but it is not impossible.

If someone was found guilty of preferencing, they could lose their job. I doubt someone will go through that risk for a UNV but that is simply my guess :)
Hi Johne,

Thanks for this uplifting message!

To answer your question: Home country is Indonesia :-)
Cheers

Will

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Re: UN Volunteering

Post by Grace » 22 Oct 2019, 08:52

It has been 3 weeks since my interview and no word from the agency that interviewed me. If a month passes then that means I should be expecting a regret letter from Bonn?

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Re: UN Volunteering

Post by starryhindsight » 28 Oct 2019, 18:30

The pilot program for experts is new. I am guessing it's much higher paid than the common UNV Specialist because when it was first advertised to UNVs (at least where I was based), the cost to hire an Expert was much higher than a Specialist. Good luck and let us know the outcome!

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Re: UN Volunteering

Post by starryhindsight » 28 Oct 2019, 18:33

On another note, I am about to end my UNV contract with UNHCR in two months. I've learnt a lot, even picked up a language and now at an intermediate level. I am confident that they would like me to extend, but I would like to risk trying for a different area, preferably a hardship location this time. Just reflecting out loud, would some of you advice me to extend (it's a safe area, safe job, hard work but I am the best at what I do) or to risk ending the contract and potentially not getting any job at all or being offered somewhere not ideal.

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