2 Occupational Therapist NGO Job Opportunities – Handicap International (Humanity & Inclusion)

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2 Occupational Therapist NGO Job Opportunities – Handicap International (Humanity & Inclusion)

Job Title:        Occupational Therapist (2 Job Placements)

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Organisation: Handicap International (Humanity & Inclusion)

Duty Station: South West (KyakaII or Kyangwali), Uganda

Reports to: Psychologist Team Leader

Starting Salary: UGX 2,208,949 monthly gross

About Us:

Handicap International (Humanity & Inclusion) is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Handicap International is outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Ensure planning and field coordination of project activities with internal and external stakeholders

  • Participate in the monthly HI activity planning meetings
  • Develop monthly and weekly field activity plans
  • Participate in the development of project activity tools
  • Coordinate field activities with Settlement team leader, MHPSS Worker and Physiotherapist.
  • Coordinate field activities with Consortium partners.
  • Ensure regular coordination meeting with MHPSS actors and Health actors.

Implement, facilitate and follow-up, on a daily basis, the project activities in accordance with the project implementation plans

  • In coordination with consortium partners and HI settlement team including team leader, MHPSS workers, physiotherapist and community based volunteers:
  • Physical and functional assessment of beneficiaries from the refugee and host population

Assess beneficiary needs using the Assessment Form provided.

  • According to the outcomes of the assessment of the beneficiaries’ needs, elaborate an appropriate intervention and a plan or referral to other services within HI and other stakeholders.

Provision of appropriate occupational therapy interventions

  • Design appropriate occupational therapy intervention according to the priorities of needs identified during assessment and maintain occupational therapy equipment..
  • Explain to both beneficiary and caregiver or family the importance of occupational therapy and the purpose of the treatment to be provided (being provided)
  • Provide occupational therapy according to Uganda (and international) standards and HI guidelines.
  • Follow the evolution of care and improvement of beneficiaries through the use of different outcome tools and report it by updating beneficiary files as needed.
  • Ensure the security of the beneficiary during the sessions and take into account precautions related to diverse illness, problems and medical treatments. Seek medical advice if needed.
  • Provide advice and train the beneficiary and the caregivers on the basic life skills that the beneficiary can do on his/her own or with support from caregivers to improve beneficiary wellbeing and adaptation.

Home follow-up and discharge of beneficiaries 

  • Follow up on home instructions provided to beneficiaries and caregiver during initial assessment and treatment
  • Monitor progress of beneficiaries in consideration of a comprehensive approach.
  • Review and recommend discharge of beneficiaries after resolution of problems and achievement of therapy objectives. (Note: discharge is coordinated with the Physiotherapist and PSS worker assigned to the beneficiaries to consolidate report and completion of rehabilitation outcome scoring before file is completely closed.)

Participate in the data collection and MEAL activities of the project: In close collaboration with the MEAL team:

  • Updates rehabilitation follow up form after each session with a beneficiary. All files are treated with outmost confidentiality and are only discussed within the team for clarification as needed.
  • Contribute to the weekly report according to department and donor requirement on rehabilitation services: new beneficiaries, active cases, donation certificates, discharge etc.
  • Participates in monthly Case Review led by Rehab and MHPSS TA and or Senior PT and Psychologist/PSS;
  • Ensure that complete beneficiary pack is properly filled and signed;
  • Respect all guidelines and documentation within the project
  • Produce weekly activity reports and contribute in the development of project reports using HI Uganda MEAL templates
  • Maintain complete documentation for each activity following the recommendations and template of the project manager
  • Contribute to the development of the Program Managers activity reports
  • Participate in project review workshops
  • Participate in assessments and facilitate project evaluations at field level
  • Facilitate participation of stakeholders and beneficiaries in monitoring and evaluation of activities
  • Ensure that field data collection is charged with the MEAL team

Demonstration of an ethics, safe, secure and professional practices

  • To show professional ethics, respect and promote Handicap International mandate and humanitarian principles at all times
  • To respect the Humanity & Inclusion protection of children policy, the protection of beneficiaries from sexual exploitation and abuse policy, the anti-fraud bribery and corruption policy and report to your line manager any non-respect of HI’s policies amongst the teams or partners.
  • To report any incident or act that causes any harm to beneficiary or to others
  • To contribute to the definition and/or update of security framework at field level
  • To observe at all times strict commitment to Humanity & Inclusion Security & Safety regulations as per procedures in place at mission level
  • To support information internal dissemination to relevant focal persons at mission level aiming at reinforcing security and safety of Handicap International staff and assets
  • To participate in security meetings upon the line manager request and report relevant information to the appropriate persons

Other Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the strict application of the rules including the code of conduct;
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional practice;
  • Report any incident in which s/he’s involved/witnessed immediately;
  • Perform any other tasks deemed necessary by the line manager

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Handicap International (Humanity & Inclusion) Occupational Therapist job must hold a Diploma in occupational therapy
  • One year of professional experience in an NGO at officer level
  • One year of professional experience in occupational therapy related work
  • Registration with Allied health professional council is desirable.
  • Experience in the fields of inclusion / accessibility of services / services to persons with disabilities.
  • Experience working in refugee context is an added advantage
  • Experience in hospital settings is an asset


  • Proven project activity implementation skills in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Capacity building, training and coaching skills
  • Perfect fluency in written and oral English and strong report writing skills;
  • Computer Skills
  • Advanced MS Excel skills;
  • Familiar with MS Office (Word, Excel) and internet;

Personal Qualities

  • Ability to work under high pressure;
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Strong communication and networking skills
  • Strong interest in the fields related to HI mandate
  • Strong team player and ability to work independently

Starting Date: May 2019

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates who wish to join Handicap International are encouraged to send their updated CVs (3 pages max, including three professional references) with cover letters to HR Department at recruitment@uganda.hi.org with the subject:  Application for Occupational Therapist.

Deadline: 23rd May 2019 by 5:00pm

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