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

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

UN Volunteers for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Response is currently ongoing. Get full details about the UN COVID-19 Volunteers below.

The Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is putting a strain on health systems, essential public services and communities worldwide. United Nations entities are working closely with national governments, community groups, the health sector and industry to respond to this crisis with a multisectoral, equitable and human rights-based approach.

The UNV program invites qualified professionals to support the response of the United Nations system as the United Nations National Volunteers. Join efforts to mitigate the economic, social and health impacts of this crisis and to safeguard progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. International United Nations Volunteers may telework or be deployed once travel restrictions are lifted.


Monthly living allowance to cover housing, basic needs and utilities; settling-in-grant; life, health and permanent disability insurance; return airfares (if applicable).


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.

Areas Required

If you have qualifications and experience in any of the following areas;

  • Health systems (epidemiologists, public health, health statisticians)
  • Health supply chain (pharmacists, equipment, cold chain)
  • Medical (medical officers, doctors, nurses, lab technicians)
  • Medical waste management
  • WASH (with a focus on hygiene)
  • Surveillance
  • Psychosocial support (counselling)
  • Logistics
  • Procurement
  • Emergency management and coordination
  • Socio-economic & health assessment
  • Gender based violence
  • Anthropologists/sociologists
  • Communications (incl. communications for development, communications in emergencies)
  • Information management/Data analysis
  • Monitoring & evaluation (ideally related to health and/or emergencies), and Reporting
  • Child protection
  • Livelihoods
  • Economic development

Duration: from 3-12 months (with possibility of extension)

Starting date: many will require candidates to be available at short notice (1-2 weeks)

How to Become A Volunteer

Interested applicant should register and update your profile on UNV’s web application system and enter COVID-19 as a keyword in your ‘Motivation Statement’

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

Visit the UN website for more information and opportunities

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