Job Title: Physical Rehabilitation Technical Coordinator
Job Ref: 1758716
Employer: Handicap International
Job Location: Afghanistan
Closing Date: 13/11/2016
Job Description:

Handicap International (HI) has been present in Afghanistan since the 1980’s, initially in the refugee camps in Pakistan and later in 1996 has established a national program in Afghanistan. Its work initially was centered on anti-mine actions, particularly in the South and West regions, and physical rehabilitation via an orthopaedic-fitting and rehabilitation centre in Kandahar. It has since expanded the scope of its work to include support to disabled people’s organisations and the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities, including landmines and explosive remnants of war’s survivors. In 2015, HI started an emergency intervention in Kunduz, expanding to the North from our traditional focus on the South.
Today, Handicap International Afghanistan works in the Southern (Kandahar and Helmand), Western (Herat), Northen (Kunduz) and Central (Kabul) regions of Afghanistan, which covers more than half of the people with disabilities in the country. Handicap International in Afghanistan currently operates projects both with partners and directly, these are managed by about 200 national staff in four locations, three bases (Kandahar, Kunduz and Herat) and Kabul main office.
HI has been supporting local stakeholders in the promotion of rights of persons with disabilities including CW/IED survivors. From service delivery and capacity building of local actors, HI is now moving forward in supporting the Government of Afghanistan in building curriculum and training courses to train physiotherapists’ professionals and prosthetists & orthosis professional technicians recognized by international standards.
More recently, after the bombing of MSF Kunduz Trauma centre on October 3rd 2015, all quality emergency rehabilitation care has stopped and injured victims had no access to quality care anymore. The injured people were referred to the military hospital at the airport, the Regional Hospital of Kunduz as well as to private health facilities. Handicap International started an intervention to support the Regional Hospital aiming at addressing the specific needs of the population.
HI works in the following sectors:
o Victim Assistance
o Disability advocacy and awareness
o Capacity Building of Disabled People and Survivors Organisations
o Physical rehabilitation and physiotherapy
o Socio-economic inclusion
o Mine risk education
o Emergency Response



Advocacy is a growing theme for the Programme, notably Handicap International is an active member of the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) based in Kabul.

Under the line-management of the Programme Director, as Technical Coordinator, you are mandated by the Technical Resource Division, based in headquarter, to implement HI technical policies, methods and approaches at the level of the programme in your sectors of professional competency, preferably oriented on Health/Rehabilitation. You coordinate provision of technical and methodological support and guidance and develop technical capacities of the staff towards enhanced quality of project implementation in Afghanistan.
Your responsibilities:
• Coordination with project/field coordinators for technical input and quality assurance
• Management of team (Skills development of staff in link with HR department & being a focal point of the technical staff)
• Networking and collaboration

The position is based in Kabul. The climate in Kabul is continental with hot and dry summers, and cold winters with a high altitude of 1,800 meters. Security is a major concern in Afghanistan with potential for kidnapping, regular terrorist attacks in the cities and severe conflicts in Eastern, Northern and Southern Areas and to a less extent Western areas apart from most provincial and district capitals. Thus, extremely limited recreational and leisure activities are available. Freedom of movement is limited in all bases and expatriates always travel in cars with drivers. At times depending on the security situation, expatriates may be confined to the guest house.
Accommodation is in a secure guest house, close to the office, with other expatriates. Common accommodation with a partner can be arranged if both work for international organizations with matching security regulations.
The guesthouse is spacious with independent rooms; however acceptance of collective life is required. There is a cook (except during the weekends) and other staff who do the laundry and cleaning.
Western goods can be found in expat supermarkets.
Due to security reasons, the position is unaccompanied


• You hold a Bachelor or Master in either physiotherapy, occupational therapy or prosthetics & orthotics or in Public Health
• You have experience in support/development of national disability/health policies
• You have proven experience in Teaching and/or in professional mentoring
• You demonstrate thorough understanding of functional rehabilitation and inclusive development processes
• You show demonstrated capacity to influence and guide various teams smoothly, even under pressure.
• You are solution-oriented, pragmatic, organised and autonomous
• You have excellent communication and listening skills with various audiences
• You are fluent in written and oral English


Employee status: from 2757€ gross/month + perdiem + hardship allowance + medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation insurance

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