UNCTAD 15 Volunteers

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) will hold its 15th Session (UNCTAD 15) in Barbados from April 25-30, 2021. Delegations from 195 member states and Regional and International Agencies, as well as participants from Civil Society, Business and Academia are expected to attend.

The National Organising Committee for UNCTAD 15 is seeking to recruit a team of highly motivated young volunteers resident in Barbados to assist with Conference facilitation so as to ensure that participants enjoy a positive experience of the Conference and of Barbados.

Successful applicants will be given a specific assignment from among a range of facilitation duties, including:

  • Liaison Officer to one or more delegations attending the Conference;
  • Information Officer at a hotel or one of the Conference or Event Venues;
  • Support Services to the Directors and Staff of the UNCTAD Secretariat in Meeting Room Duties, Document Distribution, Conference Logistics, Registration and Accreditation, Press and Media Support and General and Other Services.

Criteria for Selection

You could qualify to be one of our team if you demonstrate a passion for service excellence, Barbadian friendliness and hospitality to foreigners. Please apply if you are between the ages of 18 and 35, and think you are:

  • a pleasant and engaging personality who is at ease and can converse with foreign participants at all levels;
  • interested in different countries and cultures;
  • energetic, focussed and patient, with a willingness to work long hours;
  • ready to be a true Ambassador for Barbados and to inform and educate our distinguished visitors about the country;
  • a quick thinker and problem solver;
  • Digitally literate and able to access and act in a timely manner on information disseminated through the UNCTAD 15 Conference app;
  • Fully available for assignment during the period of the Conference (approximately 21 April – 1 May 2021)

Knowledge of one of the other 5 official languages of the United Nations would be an asset.  

Applications close 31 October 2020


The successful applicants must be prepared to make themselves available for periodic sessions from November 2020 to March 2021, when they will be provided with basic training in etiquette, protocol, and the United Nations system and its Conference procedures. Thereafter, in the final weeks before the Conference, they will be given specific instruction based on the individual assignment they have been allocated to.

Conditions of Service

Candidates selected for this important national assignment will serve on a voluntary basis. A stipend will, however, be provided to defray expenses.