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Medical Nurse (Public Health)

Bambari (Central African Republic)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Bambari (Central African Republic)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-09

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Within the terms of the organization’s delegated authority, and under the direct supervision of the MINUSCA Medical Officer/Chief Medical Officer, the UN Volunteer Medical Nurse (Public Health) will be responsible for:

  • Performing epidemiological and COVID-19 health information/data work including tracking of all UN system cases, deaths in all duty stations and entities, related data analytics, creation and improvements of dashboard and interpretation and publication of data products for UN senior management.

  • Conducting outbreak preparedness and response activities to halt transmission of the virus amongst UN personnel and dependents in each locality. This involves not only day-to-day interaction with the CMO and medical team,local UN medical teams and WHO country offices, it also involves following up on overarching systems like comprehensive preparedness checklists and initiatives to forecast COVID-19 hot spots and systematically prepare duty stations for COVID- 19 resurgence locally.

  • Following up and implementing the UN System COVID-19 technical and staff guidelines related to COVID-19 preparedness and response issued by MINUSCA (Division of Healthcare Management And Occupational Safety and Health) for both UN medical staff as well as UN personnel-at-large.

  • Following up and implementing guidelines for the vaccination deployment effort roll outs from Bangui to all the mission duty stations in Central African Republic.

  • Training and communicating with UN medical staff and UN personnel needs to be conducted continuously. COVID-19 communication products such as, presentations, FAQs, briefing notes, need to be developed and published to keep UN medical staff and UN personnel abreast of the latest scientific information.

  • Providing COVID-19 technical advice to the CMO, constant 24/7 surveillance of the latest scientific research and evidence needs to be conducted, so that accurate and sound advice can be provided to the CMO and senior management of the UN for decision making.

  • Act as liaison point for all COVID-19 public health related issues and work in close coordination with multiple internal and external stakeholders and partners including public health authorities, WHO, local health government authorities, CMO and the medical team, National and International NGOs, etc.

  • Establish new outbreak preparedness systems and review of lessons learned for future pandemic preparedness There is a necessity for MINUSCA to review what would be the “new normal” following this pandemic, and to embed the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 experience to create new and better structures and frameworks for outbreak/pandemic response in the future.

  • When working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, the incumbent is strongly encouraged to set aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching, mentoring and formal and on-the-job training.

Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:

Nursing degree and advanced higher degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a relevant area, e.g. public health, epidemiology, or infectious diseases; a combination of relevant training and/or professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Required experience: 36 Months Experience remark:

At least 3 to 5 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in public health, outbreak management, health policy, and/or epidemiology; experience with communicable disease surveillance and epidemiologic/outbreak investigations is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization; current registration as a nurse is required. Practical working experience in a cross-cultural environment would be an advantage.

Also required:

- Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate orally effectively;

- Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint).

Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
  • French(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise: Nursing and midwifery, Public health, General human medicine (with clinical experience) Driving license: Yes Competencies values:

Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Communication, Judgement and Decision-making, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

Application deadline: 09-05-2021

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