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United Nations (UN) Volunteers for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Response

The Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is placing significant strains on health systems, essential public services and communities globally. UN entities are working closely with national governments, community groups, the health sector and industry to respond to this crisis with a multi-sectoral, equitable and human-rights focused approach.

UNV invites skilled professionals to support the UN system’s response as national UN Volunteers. Join efforts to mitigate the economic, social and health impacts of this crisis, and to safeguard progress made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. International UN Volunteers may telecommute or be deployed once travel restrictions are lifted.

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The English language component of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme (IFP) was established in 1997. It takes place at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland and lasts for 4 weeks, usually coinciding with the annual meeting of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP). The objective of this training programme is to enhance the knowledge of indigenous peoples on existing international human rights instruments and mechanisms, so they can use them to more effectively advocate for the rights of their communities ... read more


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UN Volunteers for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Requirements for UN Volunteers for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Qualification

Candidates need to

  1. have at least two years of professional experience,
  2. be at least 22 years old for national UN Volunteer assignments, and at least 25 years old for international UN Volunteer assignments.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for UN Volunteers for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Your profile should highlight any prior experience in health-related emergencies.

Assignment information

  1. Duration: from 3-12 months (with possibility of extension)
  2. Starting date: many will require candidates to be available at short notice (1-2 weeks)
  3. Conditions of service: monthly living allowance to cover housing, basic needs and utilities; settling-in-grant; life, health and permanent disability insurance; return airfares (if applicable).
  4. More details will be included in the specific descriptions of assignments and may vary depending on the volunteer category (national or international UN Volunteer; Specialist or Youth assignment). Check your entitlements here: https://www.unv.org/become-volunteer.

Important notice:

  1. Only complete profiles can be considered. Please make sure that you click on ‘Submit UNV Profile’ once you have created your UNV account and completed all mandatory information. As confirmation of your successful registration, you will receive an email with your UNV roster number.
  2. Including the COVID-19 keyword in your motivation statement will ensure your profile is reviewed with priority for related assignments.

Application Deadline

Not Specified


How to Apply

If you have qualifications and experience in any of the following areas, you are encouraged to register (or update your profile) on UNV’s web application system and enter COVID-19 as a keyword in your ‘Motivation Statement’:

  1. Health systems (epidemiologists, public health, health statisticians)
  2. Health supply chain (pharmacists, equipment, cold chain)
  3. Medical (medical officers, doctors, nurses, lab technicians)
  4. Medical waste management
  5. WASH (with a focus on hygiene)
  6. Surveillance
  7. Psychosocial support (counselling)
  8. Logistics
  9. Procurement
  10. Emergency management and coordination
  11. Socio-economic & health assessment
  12. Gender based violence
  13. Anthropologists/sociologists
  14. Communications (incl. communications for development, communications in emergencies)
  15. Information management/Data analysis
  16. Monitoring & evaluation (ideally related to health and/or emergencies), and Reporting
  17. Child protection
  18. Livelihoods
  19. Economic development

For more details, visit UN Volunteers for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Response



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