Rehabilitation Technical Advisor- IRAQ

Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.
Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.
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Handicap International has 2 Directions:
  • The Humanitarian Action Direction (DAH)
  • The Developpement Action Direction (DAD)
    HI is present in Iraq since the 1991 (almost 20 years) for the implementation of development programs.
    Emergency activities
    In 2016, HI will continue its emergency assistance for Iraqi IDPs and vulnerable host communities. This will include in particular:
    1) Provision of physical and functional rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy sessions and donations of assistive devices for persons with injuries and functional limitations. Provision of advices to caretakers.
    2) Technical and material support to public rehabilitation centres.
    3) Provision of psychosocial support, through group sessions, individual sessions, for conflict-affected persons with psychological distress.
    4) Technical and material support to local NGOs for the provision of psychosocial support.
    5) Training and technical support for humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in their humanitarian response and the accessibility of their structures.
    6) Referral of vulnerable persons with specific needs to specialized public structures and humanitarian actors, including free transportation when feasible and needed.
    7) Provision of multi-purpose cash assistance to vulnerable newly-arrived IDP households (one-shot assistance) and to extremely-vulnerable households (multi-month assistance).
    Mine action activities
    In 2016, HI is planning to expand its mine action program, particularly in areas with high levels of contamination by landmines, Explosive Remnants of War (ERWs) and IEDs. This will include in particular:
    1) Survey, mapping and marking of Suspected Hazardous Areas (SHAs) in areas of social or economic value in order to assist the return of the displaced population and the economic recovery: abandoned villages, rural roads, agricultural land, etc.
    2) Clearance of landmines, ERWs and IEDs, through manual and/or mechanical means.
    3) Risk education sessions to increase the awareness of the local population on the risks related to conventional weapons and IEDs.
    4) Mass awareness campaigns through spot broadcast, posters, billboards, etc.
Description :
Under the responsibility of the Technical Unit Coordinator, you will be ensuring and guaranteeing the technical and quality framework related to rehabilitation and ensuring HI proper representation in sectorial working groups.
Technical Support
 -You ensure direct technical support on rehabilitation following HI technical framework & guidance;
 -You design technical tools, trainings, leaflets and other relevant documents and disseminate them among the mission;
 -Managing training of partners and contributing to strengthening HI networking with agencies and individuals involved in Physical Rehabilitation activities in the mission ;
 -You are responsible and advise on the quality of assisitive devices distributed on all the mission ;
 -You support and train the Project Managers in your field of expertise;
 -You ensure the technical validation of recruited HI staff in your field of expertise
Team management
 -You ensure strict application and respect by your teams of HI Policies as well as of Internal Regulation
 -You define, with each member of your staff, his action plan and delay for reaching defined goals (IAP);
 -You ensure feed back towards your team about issues potentially raised by them;
 -You ensure a good communication – coordination – information level of each member of your team through regular coordination meetings (or other if needed);
 -You are concerned and aware on the personal and professional evolution of each member of the rehabilitation staff, and its development within the mission : individual interviews, oral and written evaluations;
 -You ensure conflict resolution (personal and professional) within your team and inform the head of mission;
 -You ensure HI presence in all key external working groups and meetings;
 -You ensure a harmonized technical message is provided during these working groups and that HI speaks in a common voice on technical issues;
 -You supervise and ensure necessary standards are met in all technical inputs/trainings provided to external actors;
Program strategy: in close link with the HTU and the emergency operational coordinator
 You participate to contextual and needs assessments upon the request of your line manager (Analysing physical rehabilitation existing resources (facilities, HR, level of education, equipment,…) and needs in order to define the strategy together with the HTU and Coordinator of Operations, with the inputs of the PMs
 Ensuring the technical relevance and quality of HI intervention related to your field of expertise
 Ensuring delimitation of the emergency rehabilitation intervention
 Ensuring coordination and coherence of our intervention amongst local and international actors, avoiding duplication and promoting complementarities
Participating in continuous physical rehabilitation needs assessments for new projects to be developed/adaptation of the existing projects
... Profil required
 Degree in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy mandatory
 Experience in NGO necessary
 English mandatory (oral and written)
 Strong communication skills
 Strong capacity to represent the association
 Excellent writing skills
 Capacity to supervise, accompany, coach and manage a team
 Ability to submit proposals and innovate
 Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision
 Excellent reactivity and flexibility in all circumstances
 High capacity to organize his/her work, and manage priorities
 Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
 Experience to work under difficult security situation
Job conditions
Status: voluntary or salaried contract according to experience
Remuneration: According to HI salary scale
Start: 10/01/2016
Duration: 2 months, renewable
Living conditions: guesthouse shared with other expatriates (no charges)