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Physiotherapist - Special Needs Programme


Description of Assignment

Viatores Christi (VC) works in the area of development cooperation in the faith based development sector. We specialise in the recruitment, training and placement of skilled volunteers on projects identified by a mission partner which meets the needs of the beneficiaries. We also specialise in the monitoring and implementation of projects as well as in the provision of experts in developing countries for targeted consultancy. Since 1960 we have recruited, trained and placed over 2000 volunteers in 48 different countries. Today we have volunteers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

Assignment Title: Occupational Therapist - Special Needs Programme

Type of Assignment: International Development Worker

Project Title: NPFS Developing Services for People with Disabilities

Duration: 12 Months (can be extended to 3 years)

Location, Country: Port au Prince, Haiti

Expected Starting Date: Q4 2019

Brief Project Description: NPFS Haiti's Special Needs Programme comes under the umbrella of the larger NPFS Haiti organisation which in turn forms part of the NPH International network.

The Special Needs Programme provides residential, educational and therapeutic services to children and adults with physical and neurological disabilities and their families. It does so with the stated aim of achieving participation, equality and full human rights for individuals with disability in Haiti, where poverty, prejudice and a lack of state services can often lead to the neglect and abandonment of this vulnerable population. In addition to its core activities, the NPFS Special Needs Programme uses training, advocacy and partnership arrangements with like-minded organisations to work towards this aim.

Current programme locations and activities include the following:


St. Luke Hospital and International Training Centre.



- Kay Christine. 24-hour residential home within the Ste. Helen complex which includes an orphanage, kindergarten, elementary school and other support services. 30 children and adults approx.

- Kay Retreat. Volunteer accommodation.


- Kay Ste. Germaine. Special needs school. 80 students approx.

- Kay Gabriel. Rehabilitation centre for child and adult patients. 160 therapy sessions per week approx.

- Volunteer accommodation.


- Kay Eliane. Life skills workshop and vocational centre. 10 young adults approx.

- Volunteer accommodation

This Misean Cara funded Developing Services for People with Disabilities project will, through the placement of a volunteer physiotherapist (PT) for 1-3 years year aim to strengthen and expand the existing professional skills locally, in NPFS and specifically at Kay St. Germaine and in so doing, increase the independence of children with special needs by optimizing their therapy and education plans.

The intention is to increase and improve the capacity of NPFS and promote the inclusion of people living with disabilities and neurological conditions in all aspects of Haitian society.

Organisational Context: The VC PT will report to the Director of the Special Needs Programme.

Type of Assignment Place: assignment without family

Description of tasks: Tasks will include the following and others, as assigned. The operating environment in Haiti is fast-moving so a high degree of flexibility is required by all parties to respond effectively to existing and emerging needs. NPFS stakeholders include NPFS staff, beneficiaries, families, community agents and partner organisations. NPFS programme locations are as previously listed.

Carry out the following key activities as outlined in the Misean Cara funding proposal Developing Services for People with Disabilities Haiti:

* On a full-time basis, work alongside the staff team

  • Agree and document a detailed 12 month project work plan for this role with the local director. 

  • Ensure that fortnightly team meetings take place to monitor progress against the planned results in this funding proposal and ensure mitigation plans are in place for any off-track items and Viatores Christi is informed of any issues likely to impact the success of the funded project. 

  • Provide "on the job" training and mentoring to local physical therapist (NPFS staff) in performing clinical assessments and developing treatment plans for children with disability 

  • Provide formal introductory training on the basics of physical therapy to doctors, nurses and social workers at NPFS sister organisation St. Luke Hospital in Tabarre (working alongside local physical therapist) 

  • Perform assessments at St. Luke Hospital and develop individual treatment plans including positioning guidelines, exercise plans, dietary recommendations and general care, for stroke patients 

  • Provide family members of St. Luke stroke patients with guidelines for home care after discharge from hospital and provide referrals for ongoing physical therapy at Kay Ste. Germaine 

Work with stakeholders at all programme locations to: 

  • Manage children and adults with physical and neurological conditions including clinical assessment, treatment planning and therapy interventions for inpatients, outpatients, residents and schoolchildren. 

  • Train and educate stakeholders at all programme locations on relevant theories, techniques, equipment and approaches.  

  • Coach and mentor local staff and a designated counterpart. 

  • Co-operate with multi-disciplinary team and internal management structures. 

  • Fulfil reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements at project and organisational level including the submission of a short midterm and detailed end of proposal report 

  • Other duties, as assigned.

* Other duties, as assigned


* Degree/MA in Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy - US)

* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

* Past experience of working in special needs programs

* Good administration skills

* Fluency in French an advantage

* Ability to work with a wide range of people in a respectful and collaborative manner

* Experience in mentoring / supervising

* Good understanding of development issues and knowledge of Haiti an advantage

Living Conditions: Modest with all facilities.

Conditions of Service: Free volunteer accommodation at Kenscoff and/or Petion-Ville. All bills paid and some basic food items provided. Transport between work and accommodation also provided. Volunteer must familiarise and adhere to the security policies in force by NPH Hait

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Viatores Christi

Viatores Christ (VC) is an Irish-based development organisation supporting and working within the faith-based international development sector.... Read more

Posted on: 15 August 2019
Closing date: 30 September 2019
Job ref: NPHOT18
Tags: Intl Development,Social Care/Development

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