Handicap International Federation Occupational Therapist Jobs in Uganda

Handicap International Federation Occupational Therapist Jobs in Uganda

About Project:

  • The poverty shift project (Partnership for disability inclusive ultra-poor graduation project, Uganda), is a social economic empowerment and resilient project targeting 2700 ultra poor households (70% and 15% of households respectively where project holder is a woman and or a person with disability). The project will be implemented in the Northern and western regions of uganda (Kiryandongo, Uyam, Nwoya and Gulu) , the targeting of which is based on need( these regions are characterized by high national average levels of poverty ,social deprivations and disability prevalence). Toward this end, the project brings together three consortium partners with global and local technical and programatic expertise and track record to deliver a disability inclusive ultra poor graduation project to overcome exclusion of ultra poor women and persons with disabilities.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the HI Poverty shift Project Manager and in coordination with the Consortium Management Unit and the technical support of the HI Technical Unit, the Occupational Therapist will have to create and maintain an environment of strict adherence to professional standards and HI code of conduct to ensure provision of standard Occupational therapy services and that prevents harm/exploitation of beneficiaries through:

  • Planning and field coordinating 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 MHPSS Worker and Physiotherapist.

  • Coordinate field activities with Consortium partners.

    Implementing, facilitating and following -up on a daily basis the project activities in accordance with the project implementation plans

  • In coordination with consortium partners and poverty shift project manager, physiotherapist and MHPSS, the occupational therapist will;

  • Conduct physical and functional assessment of beneficiaries from the DIG target Districts

  • Assess beneficiary needs using the HI’s standard assessment tools.

  • According to the outcomes of the assessment of the beneficiaries’ needs, elaborate an appropriate occupational therapy intervention, task/activity adaptations and a plan or referral to other services within HI, consortium partners and other stakeholders.

  • Provision of appropriate occupational therapy interventions

  • Design appropriate occupational therapy intervention according to the priorities 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.

  • Provide adaptation of tasks (home and work environment) to beneficiaries to enhance their participation in the DIG project.

  • In consultation with Physiotherapist provide technical support on appropriate use of adaptive equipment/aid provided to target beneficiaries based on their need.

  • 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.)

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

  • Maintain complete individual files for each beneficiary , including detailed descriptions of services provided and evolution of the case.

  • 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

  • Facilitate participation of stakeholders and beneficiaries in monitoring and evaluation of activities

  • Ensure that field data collection is charged with the MEAL team.

    Demonstrating ethical, safe, secure and professional practices

  • To show professional ethics, respect and promote Humanity & Inclusion 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 Humanity & Inclusion 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;

  • Any other tasks deemed necessary by the line manager

    Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the Humanity & Inclusion (Handicap International Federation) Occupational Therapist job vacancy must hold a Diploma in Occupational Therapy.

  • One year of professional experience in an NGO at officer level

  • At least 2 years of professional experience in Physiotherapy/Physical rehabilitation related work

  • Experience in consortia lead projects

  • Experience in the fields of inclusion / accessibility of services / services to persons with disabilities

  • 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;

  • Familiar with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet

  • Fluently spoken local languages will be an added advantage

  • Knowledge of project cycle and related tools and methodologies

  • Knowledge of the Education and Disability Sectors in Uganda

    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


  • Humanity and Inclusion is an Equal Opportunity Employer, we encourage females and persons with disabilities to apply to become a part of our organization.

  • HI staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the Code of Conduct. In accordance with these values.

  • HI operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-fraud, bribery, and corruption.

  • HI does not solicit funds in exchange for employment opportunities.

    How to Apply:

  • If you feel you meet the requirements, please send an updated CV (3 pages max, including three professional referees current and/or past line managers) with a cover letter as One Document to HR department at

  • recruitment@uganda.hi.org indicating the position applied for.

    Deadline: 7th August 2020 by 5:00pm

    NB: Any efforts to influence the recruitment process will lead to automatic disqualification.

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