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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.

If you have qualifications and experience in any of the following areas, we encourage you 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 professionals


  • Intensivists
  • Respiratory Physicians
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • ICU/Anesthetic Nurses
  • Infection Control Nurses
  • Psychologists (with experience in trauma/stress counselling)
  • Biomedical/Medical Laboratory Technicians
  • Physiotherapists

Public Health

  • Epidemiologists
  • Public Health Specialists (other)
  • Health Statisticians
  • Health Surveillance Specialists

2) Non-health professionals

Emergency & Crisis management

  • Health Emergency Managers
  • Child Protection Specialists

Programme Management

  • Monitoring & evaluation Specialists (related to health and/or emergencies), and Reporting
  • Gender-based Violence Project/Programme Specialists

Health systems

  • Logisticians
  • Health Procurement Specialists
  • Health Supply Chain Specialists (pharmacist, equipment, cold chain)

Sanitation & Hygiene

  • WASH (with a focus on hygiene) Specialists
  • Medical Waste Management Specialists

Communications & Data management

  • Communications for Development Specialists
  • Information Management Specialist (with experience in health emergencies)
  • Data Collection & Management Specialists (related to health)

Statistics & others

  • Socio-economic & Health Assessment Specialists
  • Economic Development Specialists
  • Livelihoods Specialists
  • Anthropologists
  • Sociologists


Candidates need to

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

Additional requirements will be described in the Descriptions of Assignment (equivalent to terms of reference). Make sure to check them.

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

Assignment information

  • Duration: from 3-12 months (with possibility of extension)
  • Starting date: many will require candidates to be available at short notice (1-2 weeks)
  • 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).
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Including the COVID-19 keyword in your motivation statement will ensure your profile is reviewed with priority for related assignments.

You can also check advertised volunteer assignments regularly using COVID-19 as a keyword to filter.

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For more information,please visit https://www.unv.org/Volunteers-for-Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19-pandemic-response


  1. Am a sociologist but am still a student am in second year but i would like to take part in order to work together with the community

  2. I am left with just a few papers to complete my bachelor’s degree of commerce at makerere university, specializing in finance and banking. It would be a please taking part in this as one who has had a had in community development programs, worked in several office jobs. Please, can I be part of the teal to play a role.

  3. Very good UN , am a Ugandan aged 50 yrs with 10 yrs experience working as a professional Driver in quick reaction force to save lives, First Aid provider, security specialist,fire department,with a lot of military and medical services knowledge and Training, I therefore request to be a Volunteer and offer services and skills to those in need as Covid 19 epidemic outbreak is a problem to everyone, Able to give services and skills anywhere in the world if chance given and hired.

  4. I am not within the required age bracket to be a un volunteer. I am 32 years old. Besides that, I have vast experience in working with agencies and ngos. Social worker by profession. Now feed back me about that. What mean shall I be absorbed if I applied.

  5. I’m an IPC nurse(infections prevention and control), with experience in Ebola management in DRC.
    I have a degree and I was working with MSF( Doctors without borders).
    I was trained by WHO,UNICEF and MSF.
    You can contact me on …

  6. Am a mechanical technician and a driver I feel I can take part in fighting this pandemic by using my experience in driving ,providing first aid to patients as well as savings lives am 26yrs old and willing to volunteer if granted opportunity. I remain kaziba eria.


  7. Comment:I am Oyugi Delima Ochan,experience as a driver for emergency response with World Vision Uganda,with classes valid driver’s permit DM,DL,CH,CM&B.ready to work with covid-19 team.

  8. I am a sierra leonean I am a state registered nurse since 2014 I want to help in fighting the world pandemic covid 19


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