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2 Jun 2017

Somaliland Physical Therapist Trainer –

Created in 1982, Handicap International (HI) is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our actions are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. HI was the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and was recently awarded (October 2016) a prize by the Office of the Presidency in Somaliland for services to Persons with Disabilities.

Handicap International started in Somaliland in 1992 by setting up a rehabilitation centre in Hargeisa. HI’s strategy in Somaliland is to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and to engage development actors to promote inclusion and participation of PWDs at local and national level. From 2010-2014, HI implemented a Human Rights project entitled “Enhanced participation of Somalis with disability for human rights and democracy in Somaliland and Puntland”. This project strengthened the capacity of 15 Disable People Organizations (DPOs) at grassroots level to empower people with disability to actively promote and advocate for their rights for protection and inclusion. A major outcome of this intervention was the development of a Disability Policy for Somaliland and Puntland.

Currently, HI has a small team based in Somaliland: An Acting Field Coordinator, who is also the Inclusive Elections Project Manager, and a Field Administrator. These two positions are supported by office support staff (guards, driver). HI has a field office in Hargeisa and the operation is able to reach all 6 regions of Somaliland. The field office is supervised by the regional office, based in Nairobi, overseen by the regional senior management team including the Operational Coordinator, the Finance and Logistics Coordinator, Human Resources Manager and the Regional Program Director. These staff member conduct regular visits to the field office.


The main objective of the position is to build the capacity of DAN physiotherapists and community-based rehabilitation workers for them to be able to provide “stimulative physical therapy” to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The Physical Therapist trainer will also work directly with beneficiaries providing treatment as a part of the training.

The main tasks of the post will be to:

  • Organize and provide theoretical and on-the-job training to HI project physiotherapists on “stimulative physical therapy”
  • Sensitize CBR workers on malnutrition and “stimulative physical therapy”
  • Provide “stimulative physical therapy” to beneficiaries
  • Facilitate information sessions on early stimulation to caregivers of U5 SAM children
  • Provide technical advice regarding design and equipment for the setting up of “stimulative physical therapy”
  • Elaborate training modules on “stimulative physical therapy” and contribute to the development of a training manual and leaflets to be used by the parents of children under therapy
  • Ensure the respect of HI technical frameworks and policies
  • Provide occasional consulting and advice to other HI projects or other organizations as required, given the low profile of physical therapy in Somaliland


Security: HI operations in Somalia are conducted in Somaliland where security is overall under control, despite some periodic but rare outbreaks. Most activities are currently implemented with or through local non state actors. Non-Somali staffs are limited in numbers and operate under tight security rules, including movement restrictions. Given the highly volatile insecurity in the area, extending operations to South and Central Somalia is yet to be considered. Accessibility: Most areas are accessible, although some require police escort. Accommodation in Hargeisa: Individual accommodation in a hotel compound


Diploma(s): BSc Physiotherapy


  • A minimum of 3 years of practice in physiotherapy
  • A minimum of 1 year should be in emergency projects or international development interventions
  • Experience and comprehensive understanding of SAM issues, training and material development/training roll out


  • Strong competencies in capacity building, training experiences and team work (animation and coaching).
  • Strong capacity in partnership management and coaching
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good communication skills both oral and written
  • Proficiency in English

Personal qualities:

  • Able to work in a multi-cultural team
  • Able to live and work in basic conditions
  • Patient
  • Resilient
  • Dynamic
  • Good sense of humor

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