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Project: Provision of home-based Rehabilitation and Protection services through outreach teams and from fixed point where applicable.
GLOBAL OBJECTIVE OF THE POSITION
To provide appropriate Physical therapy care to Persons with Disability (PWD) and Persons with Injuries (PWI) including both children and adults
To provide appropriate advice and support to caregivers of PWD and/or PWI to enable them to more effectively manage their responsibility as caregiver
To professionally represent Handicap International (HI) at all times, and be involved in the dissemination of information about HI activities in Libya to appropriate persons including PWD, PWI, caregivers, community leaders, other organizations and officials as required.
Line manager: Deputy Project Manager (DPM)
Line manager +1: Project Manager (PM)
Functional link: Rehabilitation Technical advisor (TA)
In addition, the Physical Therapist is required to work in close collaboration with social workers (SW), Protection Officer (Psychosocial support) and information management officer (IMO).
RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS DESCRIPTION
Under the direct responsibility of the DPM, the Physical Therapist is required to work in direct collaboration with the Social workers (SW) and Protection Officer as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Specific tasks include:
Actively participate in the development of project specific tools, and advise on aspects of physical therapy and rehabilitation:
Provide feedback and suggestions in the development of project specific Forms (Assessment, Follow up and Discharge) and other tools or materials related to physical therapy and rehabilitation that are required during the project.
Take care to understand the established project tools - their purpose and how to use them effectively.
Provide feedback, suggestions and content for beneficiary guidance materials and donation materials (both personal and from beneficiaries), particularly those relating to physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Identifying and assessing the specific needs of program beneficiaries, including rehabilitation and wider social / community or protection needs:
Work as a team with the SW and Protection Officer to identify, to record and to analyze specific needs of beneficiaries (persons with disabilities and vulnerabilities) within the community.
Actively seek and identify individuals in need of physical therapy and PSS services, within the scope of HI activities and according to beneficiary guidelines.
Based on beneficiary assessment, formulate a treatment / management plan taking into account functional needs, social situation and access to service as well as provision of assistive devices where applicable.
Complete a full rehabilitation assessment taking into account physical, social and environmental factors in cooperation with the beneficiary’s caregivers and/or family members wherever possible.
To provide safe and appropriate physical therapy interventions:
Adapt the intervention to the beneficiary’s specific needs, taking into account the scope of the project interventions and ensure informed consent has been received by the beneficiary prior to implementing any physical therapy treatment.
Carefully consider any possible contra-indications and precautions related to the beneficiary’s condition. If unsure, take the appropriate steps to research the condition and ensure the proposed treatment is suitable.
Maintain the safety and confidentiality of the beneficiary at all times.
Adhere to proper hygiene and basic work safety procedures while treating beneficiaries.
Plan and provide appropriate follow up care for the beneficiary.
To refer the beneficiary to other services as required including medical care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, partners, local and international organizations and other specialized services:
Effectively identify personal limits to provision of physical therapy to beneficiaries, especially “Red flags” or cases requiring immediate medical attention.
In close cooperation with the Protection Officer and SW in your team, identify cases of severe Mental illness or cases needing more specialized PSS services and provide referrals to the appropriate services.
Identify any other needs from the beneficiaries and refer them to the existing services providers validated by HI for referrals (all sectors).
Follow HI-Libya procedures in provision of referral letters for beneficiaries and follow up of referrals.
Maintain accurate and up to date knowledge of all services available for referrals (medical, non-medical and activities of other organizations) in the area of intervention.
Actively take part in maintaining and updating information in HI-Libya ‘mapping’ database (i.e. mapping of services database) within the area of intervention.
Develop and reinforce the relationships with stakeholders including INGOs, authorities, community focal points, in the field of rehabilitation and/or PSS to improve the beneficiary identification system:
With support from Project Manager (PM), DPM and Project Coordinator develop, maintain and follow-up cordial relationships with stakeholders in the field of rehabilitation, Psychology/Psychiatry/PSS, and any other relevant sectors.
Share with fellow team members the cases located outside of your area of intervention or beyond your capacity.
Actively participate in data reporting, follow-up and management of beneficiary cases and organization of activities:
Ensure accurate qualitative and quantitative follow up of beneficiaries according to the project planning. Ensure all relevant data and documentation is completed.
Effective use of the assessment and data reporting tools including PT Pre and Post Assessment Forms, Follow up forms, referral and donation certificates – all in the required electronic / paper format.
Contribute to the daily and weekly work plans, with the support of DPM and PM.
Actively complete any other reports to be made upon line manager request, including reports for stakeholders, donors and other organizations.
Actively follow up all referrals made and report appropriately according to project requirements.
Participate in the reporting, discussion and analysis (both formal and informal) of global issues in the population, with a focus on physical rehabilitation:
Contribute to formal and informal discussion with the HI team on issues affecting the community from a physical rehabilitation perspective.
Be part of a constructive holistic team work to develop a very qualitative analysis and response for PWD /PWI and vulnerable persons.
Provide written or verbal reports in relation to the issues discussed upon line manager request.
Participate in technical support and/or capacity building for staff at health facilities, partner organizations etc.:
Participate in the delivery and facilitation of training to health facilities staff, upon request of and in close collaboration with PM, Protection Officer and other technical support persons.
Support the implementation of training on topics of physical rehabilitation, mobility aids and assistive devices.
Provide informal and on the job training for colleagues and relevant stakeholders as needed.
Within the scope of work and the field of rehabilitation, assist and advise partners on handling cases. Report any difficulties to Deputy PM, PM and Projects Coordinator as needed.
To demonstrate an ethical and professional practice at all times:
Respect and ensure beneficiary confidentiality and safety. Ensure timely reporting of any incidents or acts that cause any harm to beneficiary or to others (i.e. protection issues).
Respect and promote HI’s Policies on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Protection and report to the line manager any dis-respect of HI’s policies amongst the teams or partners.
Always ask the permission to touch or to apply any treatment or manoeuvres to someone.
Behave respectfully with regards to culture and religious backgrounds of beneficiaries and always respect a refusal of treatment.
To demonstrate willingness to improve professional competencies and continuously improve the quality of physical therapy services provided through HI:
Participate willingly and actively in training sessions and capacity building activities organized by HI at both national and international levels.
Actively seek information and feedback on difficult beneficiary cases from the Project Coordinator or Protection Officer where appropriate
Respect each team member’s positions, work, and specialty.
Note: The Physical Therapist will be requested to remain very flexible, to respond to additional tasks or changes as identified by line management.
As the position is involved in sensitive topics such as security or strategy, he/ she must observed absolute discretion within and outside HI.
Disrespect of this clause might have immediate dismissal as a result.
The working hours are the following: 8:30am to 4:30pm with one hour lunch break
Any breach of the above mentioned responsibilities, of the Internal Regulation or of Terms and Conditions of Engagement including HI Child Protection Policy and PSEA Policy may be sanctioned by a written warning or immediate dismissal if appropriate.
No double job
Weekly hours: 40
Type of contract: Fixed term ‘’ Six Months renewable depends on fund ‘’
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Schedule: Sunday to Thursday from 08.30 to 16.30 including one hour lunch break (13.00 to 14.00)
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
You will have previous experience with NGO’s. You will be diplomatic and possess strong communication and interpersonal skills. You will be sensitive to the needs of vulnerable groups. You will be fluent in English (written and spoken) and Arabic.
Should possess initiative, good communication skills, strong analytical skills and the ability to support others, evaluate and negotiate appropriate options and ability to work under pressure.
A PLUS: previous experience with related position is well required
The position is based at Misurata, Libya
Handicap International is an equal opportunity employer
Please send your CV and cover letter to: recruitment@Libya.hi.org subject: Physical therapy, closing date 15.06.2018
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