The UNMIL (United Nations Mission in Liberia) and UNV began to be operational in October 2003. Since then, eight hundred and fifty-nine (859) UNV volunteers have provided support to the mission in Liberia. There are currently two hundred and eighteen (212) UNV Volunteers serving with the UNMIL, both in substantive functions areas such as Civil Affairs and Human Rights and in technical support areas (Logistics, Finance, Engineering and Information and Communications).
Over the past seven years, the UNV volunteers assigned to UNMIL have significantly contributed to:
- Facilitate the transfer of skills and knowledge in the areas of Transport, HIV/AIDS, Finance, Engineering, Public Information, etc.
- Promote volunteerism through the creation of a platform for community participation at the community levels
- Support institutional strengthening programmes that enhance the promotion of good governance and provide support to local Government, NGOs, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies in Liberia
- Organized the successful implementation of the last national election in Liberia that led to the inauguration of the first African female head of state
- Take a lead role in the mobilization of volunteers to undertake teaching programmes at national universities
The UNV volunteers with UNMIL represent 59 different nationalities and 80.60% originate from developing countries. The female UNVs account for 29.36% of the total. The average age is 39 years.
An example of one UN Volunteer and her experience in Liberia can be found here: http://www.unv.org/en/perspectives/doc/ayesha-noor-bangladesh-civil.html