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Physiotherapist job in kenya- kakuma, kenya 2017

Category: General Jobs in Kenya
Posted: Aug 16, 2017


The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We provide direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota with offices in Africa and the Middle East. In Kenya we have offices and clinics in Nairobi, Dadaab and Kakuma.

Position Summary:

The CVT project goal is to address the mental health and physiotherapy needs of traumatized refugee and host community members living in the project areas (Kakuma camp, Kalobeyei Settlement and Host Community) while building the capacities of local and refugee health care, mental health and social service providers to better and more appropriately serve survivors of torture and other severe trauma.

Oversee physiotherapy services for refugee adults and children who are survivors of torture. Provide training and supervision of local physiotherapists, work closely with mental health staff to ensure high quality multi-disciplinary care to clients, and provide education and support to help (I) NGOs and local organizations to better meet the needs of torture survivors.

Position: Physiotherapy Trainer

Location: Kakuma, Kenya

Reports to: Field Coordinator/Clinical Advisor

Essential functions include [but are not limited to]:

  1. Clinical and Community Assessments:
  2. Perform physiotherapy assessments for individual and group clients who are victims of torture and/or war trauma to assist with determining appropriate interventions for clients and to model assessment techniques to locally hired physiotherapists.
  3. Review and develop additional assessment tools to aide the local physiotherapists in working with this client population. The local physiotherapists should provide the majority of clients’ assessments, but the physiotherapist/trainer may use direct assessment of clients as a means of capacity building for staff and ensuring appropriate treatment for clients.
  4. Design and carry out need assessments in local communities to determine appropriate physiotherapy interventions for people who have been tortured and/or traumatized by war, to include identification of: target populations, appropriate program intervention models, and program sites.
  5. Training: Design and carryout regular training programs for local physiotherapists – including on-going formal training, mentoring, modeling, and supervision. Continually assess development of physiotherapists and adapt training style, content, frequency to meet their needs.
  6. Clinical Management: Assist in the day-to-day operations of the project to ensure program objectives are met and activities implemented in a timely and professional manner; coordinate the physiotherapy team to optimize performance and autonomy; strengthen collaboration and mutual understanding with mental health team to ensure high quality multi-disciplinary care to clients.
  7. Supervision: Supervise the quality of the physiotherapy team activities. Provide direct physioherapy to individual clients and groups in order to model methods to local physiotherapists; provide indirect client care through case-consultations, observation/debriefing, and review of documentation. The Physiotherapist/Trainer may take the lead in treating highly traumatized clients but should be done with close participation of the local physiotherapists whenever possible for capacity building of staff. Meet regulary with individual physiotherapists and as a team to determine area of further development, monitor progress, provide support when working with difficult clients, and serve as liasion with staff from other disciplines.
  8. Reporting Management: Write and submit monthly reports regarding clinical and training activities; including training and workshop sessions, that focus on progress achieved toward program objectives. Provide input and feedback as requested for writing grant reports and proposals.
  9. Project Monitoring & Evaluation: Participate in the design and implementation of project monitoring plans and possible an internal project evaluation. Monitor and ensure adequate data collection of physiotherapy services.
  10. Community Collaboration:Provide training and coordination with other organizations to better address the needs of torture survivors.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned by the Field Coordinator and/or Physical Therapy Clinical Advisor in the implementation of program activities.

Required Qualifications and Experience.

  • B.S. degree from an accredited/approved school of Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy. Master’s degree or higher preferred.
  • Fluency in English. Fluency in relevant East African languages such as Swahili, Somali and French preferred.
  • Cultural sensitivity awareness in working with diverse staff and client populations.
  • At least five years’ experience working as a physiotherapist, with a strong orthopaedic background. Work experience in trauma and/or chronic pain. Work experience with survivors of torture preferred.
  • Understanding of and experience with implementing culturally appropriate physiotherapy interventions for people who have suffered torture and trauma.
  • Understanding of and experience developing curriculum and providing training for physiotherapists using adult experiential learning activities and training of trainers, and providing training on sensitization on the effects of trauma and war.
  • International experience required. Experience working in Africa preferred.
  • Experience supervising physiotherapy professionals.
  • Skilled at carrying out needs assessment and program evaluations.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing program requirements, client needs and political climate.
  • Skilled at working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:

  • Certification or licensure as a Physiotherapist / Physical Therapist.

Work Environment:

  • Remote and generally very hot northern Kenya weather
  • Refugee camp environment
  • Average daily travel of one hour to and from NGO accommodation to the camps
  • Non family posting


This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone) to [email protected] The subject line of your application should be ‘Physiotherapist – Kakuma’

Closing Date 28th August 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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