As the pandemic is accelerating, and as experienced in other countries, cases among UN personnel and dependents are increasing.  The pandemic is affecting mainly the Manzini -Mbabane corridor where most UN personnel reside. Most of the cases in-country are aged between 20 and 49 years. As of 13 August 2020, 93% of the COVID-19 cases in Eswatini had asymptomatic or mild disease on diagnosis and, as per the new COVID-19 government guidelines, have to be managed through home isolation till recovery. The vast majority of UN national personnel do not have adequate space for self-isolation at home. A few staff members who recently developed symptoms similar to COVID-19 (cleared after testing) or had been in contact with individuals whose COVID-19 condition was confirmed requested to be given access to the facility in order to protect their families and community. Hence, a UN isolation house would be a good option to contain the virus in space, prevent the spread to other UN staff members and their dependents, and ensure adequate monitoring/surveillance of our personnel. Establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy Isolation House for UN personnel and dependents are a priority for the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Eswatini in order to prepare for COVID-19 infections that may affect the UN community in Eswatini.

The Nurse performs the functions under the immediate supervision of the UN COVID-19 Coordination Team with regards to technical matters only and the overall supervision of the UNDP for all administrative matters.

Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Technical Duties:

Within delegated authority, the Nurse shall be responsible for the following duties:

  • Attend the UN Isolation Care Centre on a full-time basis;
  • Attend to UN Personnel/dependents with COVID -19 related symptoms or refer them accordingly to an appropriate medical facility;
  • Liaise with other health facilities in the country to ascertain opportunities for referrals and continuity of care and treatment, as needed;
  • Respond to emergency calls during and outside office hours when necessary, examine client or refer to relevant facility accordingly;
  • Ensure effective liaison between patient and private doctor, paramedics, family members, and colleagues as appropriate;
  • Document case findings.
  • Facilitates referral to the UN designated physician, or facility as required.
  • Assist in providing medical support during evacuation and repatriation;
  • Assist in maintaining records of patients’ medical data, including on consultations and treatment;
  • Maintain strict confidentiality with regards to patient’s medical records, patient management and treatment;
  • Perform medication, injection, as needed;
  • Performs other related duties, as required.

Administrative duties:

  • Maintain the UN Isolation Care Centre in good order and keep the inventory of medical supplies and equipment up-to-date;
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of the Cleaner;
  • Check equipment and supplies on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis and maintain them in working order;

Core Competencies:

Innovation:   Ability to make new and useful ideas work

  • Level 3: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs

Leadership:  Ability to persuade others to follow

  • Level 3: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

  • Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

  • Level 3: Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgment

  • Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value

Technical/Functional Competencies:

Technological Awareness

Proficiency in relevant medical software packages

  • Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work.

Commitment to Continuous Learning:

Initiative and willingness to keep abreast of new skills in the nursing field

  • Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Client Orientation:

Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion. Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines.

Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients. Responds to client needs promptly

  • Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Knowledge Facilitation

Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge

  • Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Required Skills and Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and/or related areas.
  • Recognized additional training in primary health care and midwifery is desirable;
  • HIV/AIDS/COVID-19 Management training is desirable
  • National registration and license is a requirement


  • Minimum 4 years of continuous clinical experience in nursing preferably in a multicultural environment;
  • Experience in Trauma and Emergency care is desirable;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is desirable


  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable


  • Non-Smoking environment

Important applicant information

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