UNV/UN PBSO 2021 Call for Young Researchers for Local Peacebuilding

UNV/UN PBSO 2021 Call for Young Researchers for Local Peacebuilding

Deadline: April 7, 2021

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and PeaceNexus Foundation are pleased to launch a call for young researchers for peacebuilding.

This new partnership will provide early-career professionals with the opportunity to support PBSO’s research agenda as national UN Volunteers, while gaining insights and skills relevant to peacebuilding globally. The initIative is a testimony to the three partners’ commitment to support the next generation of peacebuilding professionals.

The Assignment

The five young researchers will be deployed as national specialist UN Volunteers across four case study locations – Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Kyrgyzstan and the Western Balkans, with deployments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (as per UN SCR 1244). Their work will contribute to a global Thematic Review on Local Peacebuilding commissioned by PBSO, with support from the PeaceNexus Foundation and UNV. This review aims to better understand good practices, as well as results and lessons learned from projects funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund focused on local community-based peacebuilding initiatives.

Guided by a senior team leader, young and emerging evaluators will conduct in-country data collection and analysis activities (such as local community consultations and stakeholder interviews), validate findings with communities, and contribute to the drafting of the report.

Alongside their day-to-day experiences, the young researchers will have access to mentoring from PBSO and the PeaceNexus Foundation experts, as well as a suite of online learning tools and resources from UNV. The estimated assignment duration is three-four months, from June to September 2021.


  • Successful candidates will receive a benefits and entitlements package, including a monthly living allowance, health insurance and access to leave.


  • Open to early-career professional, with a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of relevant work experience at the national level in monitoring, evaluation, reporting or research;
  • Experience with local peacebuilding efforts is an advantage.
  • Candidates must be nationals or residence permit holders of the country of their assignment.


To apply, click on the assignment and submit your application through UNV’s website.

For more information, visit Call for Young Researchers.