Japan-UNV partnership for COVID-19 impact reduction

With support and funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has launched the Japan-UNV partnership for COVID-19 impact reduction.

The Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is placing significant strains in many countries, particularly in the Global South, reversing many positive gains in sustainable development. UN entities are working closely with national governments, community groups, the health sector and industry to respond to this crisis.

The Government of Japan and UNV invite skilled Japanese professionals to support the UN system’s response as fully-funded UN Volunteers, and join efforts to mitigate the economic, social and health impacts of this crisis, and to safeguard progress made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN Volunteer assignments will also provide Japanese professionals with international exposure in humanitarian and development context, in response to the spread of COVID-19, and will contribute to professional development in the field.

Interested candidates are invited to view assignment information here.

Number of assignments: 15 UN Volunteer Specialists

Duration of assignment: 8 months

Starting date: In or after August 2020, in discussion with UN host entities (the actual date of deployment is subject to travel restrictions being lifted in host countries)

Regions: Africa, Asia and other regions

Potential areas: Include but not limited to public health; WASH and hygiene; nutrition and food security; universal health coverage; midwifery; health project operation; Information management; social and economic recovery; socio-economic needs assessment; coordination; communication and child protection.

Potential Host UN Entities: World Health Organization (WHO), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UN Resident Coordinator's Offices (RCO).

Requirements: Candidates need to have at least two years of professional experience, and must be at least 25 years old (additional requirements may be described in the Description of Assignments)

Application deadline: Expected to be around 17 June 2020

If you have qualification and experience in any of the above areas, we encourage you to start to register (or update your profile) on UNV’s Web application system, while the assignment details become available at the beginning of June 2020.