UNEP online audit opportunity for volunteers


Description of assignment title

Conduct qualitative web audit of UNEP websites and knowledge platforms

Assignment country


For how many hours per week will the volunteer be required?


Host entity

UNEP – Web Platforms Communications Division


Online UN Volunteer


12 weeks

Number of assignments



The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global authority on the environment. UNEP’s mission is to inspire, inform, and enable nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. For over 50 years, UNEP has worked with governments, civil society, the private sector and UN entities to address humanity’s most pressing environmental challenges – from restoring the ozone layer to protecting the world’s seas and promoting a green, inclusive economy. UNEP is driving transformational change by drilling down on the root causes of the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss and pollution.

UNEP’s work is focused on helping countries transition to low-carbon and resource-efficient economies, strengthening environmental governance and law, safeguarding ecosystems, and providing evidence-based data to inform policy decisions. Through cutting-edge science, coordination and advocacy, UNEP supports its 193 Member States to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and live in harmony with nature. And this work has never been more critical.


Through these assignments, the Online UN Volunteers will contribute to the organization’s digital presence, fostering a user-friendly, secure and seamlessly integrated online environment. This, in turn, will support UNEP in effectively communicating its mission, engaging with diverse audiences, and ultimately advancing its goals in the field of environmental sustainability and awareness

Task type

Web and Software Development

Online UN Volunteer Task description

We are looking for Online UN Volunteers who, under the guidance of the Head of Web Platforms, UNEP, will support our website and knowledge management team with conducting a comprehensive qualitative/technical audit of UNEP websites (Drupal and other) and its knowledge repository (dSPACE).

The Online UN Volunteers will be tasked with the following:

 Web Infrastructure Assessment: evaluate UNEP’s websites and platforms for infrastructure compatibility, templates and consistency.

– Theming and Branding: review visual elements, theming and branding consistency across web properties, making recommendations to ensure alignment with UNEP’s brand guidelines.

– Usability and user experience: conduct usability testing to identify improvements, analyzing navigation, page layout and user interface for optimal accessibility and engagement.

Target audience analysis: identify and define target audiences for each website/page, ensuring content and design align with their needs and expectations.

– Review of content, data and feeds: analyze content types and frequency of content/data updates, assessing relevance and accuracy, while ensuring consistency across platforms and content feeds. Propose steps to streamline updating procedures.

– Integration Strategies: brainstorm on a plan to reintegrate child and rogue websites into the corporate infrastructure, providing recommendations for seamless integration while preserving individual identity when necessary.

Documentation and Reporting: prepare a detailed inventory of the audit, capturing key information and identifying relevant patterns. Develop a report with findings, recommendations and actions plans. Include visualizations and reference best practices and guidelines for web and knowledge platform design, development and maintenance standards. The Online Volunteers will be provided with guidance and an inventory of web links to conduct the audit and analysis required. The team will have regular meetings to collaborate and update on progress.

Online UN Volunteer Requirements

Required experience

Candidates should have advanced web design, development and auditing skills and proficiency in Drupal, dSPACE and other content management systems. Experience with knowledge platforms and online libraries and user experience design is required. Strong analytical and writing skills, as well as the ability to provide and present data in a concise and visual manner, is required. A degree in information technology, web development, library science or mathematics will be an asset.


English, Level: Working knowledge, Required

Other information

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.


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