If you perform a critical function27 April 2009
UN offices will be responsible for ensuring that operations continue in the event of a pandemic. To do this, each department or office has identified critical operations, also known as critical functions, and the staff needed to maintain them. It is important to note that critical staff positions are voluntary.
Generally speaking, in a pandemic, critical staff will work to ensure:
- Physical security of staff and facilities
- Medical care of staff
- Maintenance of IT and communications
- Ability to communicate with other organizations and governments
- Maintenance of utilities (electricity, water and sanitation)
- Ability to make important operational and policy decisions related to critical operations and programme continuity
Other staff also designated as having critical functions by their departments may be requested to telecommute so that they do not put themselves at risk of infection. These staff will be provided with the means to telecommute from home. If the pandemic is very severe, all other staff will be requested to remain at home for the duration.Staff who are identified as required to perform critical functions during a pandemic, either on-site or off, should at all times avoid public gatherings, public places where uncontrolled close contact (<1 meter or 3 feet) with others might occur, or any other close contact with poten-tially infectious persons.