Occupational Therapist

Federation Handicap International (HI)

Humanity & Inclusion team in Rwanda aims to support the policies and initiatives of public authorities and civil society to advance the rights of people with disabilities and others living in particularly vulnerable circumstances.

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Occupational Therapist

If you have a taste for challenges, a real commitment to development, and a deep sensitivity towards vulnerable people in general and persons with disabilities in particular, then this recruitment notice is for you!

Organization: Federation Handicap International which runs its programs under its operational name “Humanity &Inclusion” (HI)


Inclusion of people with special needs, mental health, and psychosocial needs in humanitarian programmes in Rwanda

Job title

Occupational Therapist (OTs)

Technical field

Functional rehabilitation


Provide Occupation therapy services in Kiziba Refugee camp

Report to:

The field coordinator

Duration of contract

5 months from February to June 2022


Federation Handicap International (HI) Rwanda which operates under the name Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial International Organization that was founded in 1982 and operates in Rwanda since 1994. It envisages a Rwanda society that is inclusive, supportive, and respectful of the rights of vulnerable people and especially persons with disabilities. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable people, it commits itself to meet their essential needs, improving their living condition, and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. It does so by supporting the policies and initiatives of public authorities and civil society organizations to advance the rights of vulnerable people, particularly persons with disabilities across Rwanda.

In partnership with UNHCR and the Ministry in charge of emergency management (MINEMA) formerly known as the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee affairs (MIDIMAR), HI launched its operations in Refugee camps of Rwanda since 2015, responding to the specific needs of persons with disabilities, elderly people and persons with mental health and psychosocial issues in urban areas, Congolese and Burundian Refugee camps of Rwanda. In May 2020, HI received funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) to implement a project titled “Inclusion of people with special needs, mental health needs psychosocial needs in humanitarian programmes in Rwanda”. The project is aimed at eliminating all form of discrimination, inequalities, and the existing barriers that hinder persons with disabilities from exercising their rights and reaching their full potentials.

Among key activities of the project include community-based rehabilitation (CBR) services, support persons with disabilities to get specialized medical care services, advocacy, developing the capacity of service providers and refugee community leaders to deliver inclusive services, improve livelihoods and provision of assistive devices e.g., Prosthesis, orthosis, crutches to identified persons with disabilities in refugee camps and the surrounding host communities.

In line with the intended objective of this project, HI would like to strengthen occupational therapy services in Mugombwa and Kigeme refugee camps to support the above-mentioned persons of concern (PoC), improve their quality of life, functional independence, and meaningful participation in community activities.

In this regard therefore, HI seeks to recruit 1 competent Occupational therapist (OTs) that will undertake routine occupational therapy services, empower the community with knowledge and skills on how to assess occupational therapy needs, and establish meaningful and relevant activities that will help the intended beneficiaries recover from functional dependency whilst enhancing their participation in community activities. In collaboration with existing project team comprised of: inclusion officers and psychologists, the incumbents will ensure appropriate functional rehabilitation care and Occupational therapy services are efficiently delivered to the intended beneficiaries with specific needs and persons with mental health and psychosocial issues. 

2. Specific Roles and responsibilities 


Responsibility 1: Assess functional capacities of the beneficiaries and identify their needs for rehabilitation and specific items (20%)



  • Carry out a Occupation therapy assessment needs, identify existing barriers to participation, taking into account physical, social and environmental factors in collaboration with the Physiotherapists and psychologists
  • Based on the assessment findings, make appropriate interevention plan and actions to reduce the identified barriers, considering their functional needs, social situation, and access to services, with provision of technical aids if required in coordination with the physiotherapists and psychologists in their respective locations.

Responsibility 2: Provide safe and appropriate Occupation therapy interventions (30%)


  • Get informed consent from the beneficiary before performing any rehabilitation intervention
  • Define the occupation therapy intervention’s objective clearly and in a comprehensive way with the active participation of the beneficiaries along with their families/caregivers. The planned OT intereventions should contribute to the achievement of the global objective defined with the rehabilitation colleagues.
  • Provide Occupation therapy services. These services will include but are not limited to: Improving the level of independence  in activities of daily life;  modifying the activity of daily life to match the beneficiary abilities, which includes modification to the beneficiaries’ environment; modify the daily used tools etc.; Improving cognitive and perceptual skills
  • Propose the needed adaptations at  school, workplaces, in both refugee and host communities to improve the  level of autonomy and participation of persons with specific needs and persons with mental health and psychosocial issues
  •  Identify the needs for assitive devices, fabricate them using locally vailable materials where possible, deliver it to the beneficiary, and train them and the caregiver/ beneficiary on how to use and care for it.
  • Provide follow-up care and make decisions regarding discharge in an appropriate manner
  • Make internal and external referrals in response to identified needs in coordination with the project manager
  • Transfer rehabilitation technique skills to the client and family. If necessary provide handouts. (make sure clients know how to do when they going back home)
  • Increase community awareness on health risks, early detection of deformities, and existing referral pathways

Responsibility 4: Refer beneficiary to other services in coordination with the project manager as needed (20%)


  • Identify the limits of the given intervention and ask for relevant support when needed
  • Identify emergency situations that need functional rehabilitation and other Occupation therapy-related services and react quickly to facilitate access to appropriate services
  • Make referrals in response to identified needs in coordination with the project manager

Responsibility 5: Report data on activities, follow-up on individual cases, and organize the daily and weekly activities (20%)

Aim: Ensure that technical information on intervention is available and there is clarity on planned activities


  • Ensure a qualitative follow-up of the beneficiaries and document the follow-up according to the monitoring plan
  • Measure the level of achievment  of the rehabilitation outcomes (through objective datas)
  • Ensure quantitative and qualitative reporting through HI tools (assessment form, follow-up form, discharge and monitoring form, donation certificate, groups report) and system in place
  • Organize the weekly plan along with the multi-disciplinary team and participate to team meetings
  • Produce other reports upon line manager request

Responsibility 6: Participate in the analysis and reporting of global issues experienced by the persons of concern with specific needs and persons with mental health and psychosocial issues with a focus on rehabilitation issues (10%)


  • Informal and informal meetings with the team, participate in the qualitative analysis of the different kinds of issues, at individual, familial and community levels
  • Participate in reporting with the tools and the internal system of all issues identified
  •  Be part of a constructive holistic teamwork to develop a very qualitative analysis and response to the needs of with specific needs and persons with mental health and psychosocial issues.
  •  Develop case studies and collect testimonies to provide evidence and input in reporting

3. Required Qualification and competences





  • Degree in occupational therapy or physiotherapy from a recognized University
  • Demonstrated move towards professional development by number of other courses taken in the field of expertise

Experience (type and length of experience):


  • Minimum 1 year of experience in performing similar tasks through internships/clinical placements or other voluntary engagements linked functional rehabilitation or occupation therapy services
  • Good experience working with most vulnerable groups such as: persons with disabilities, elderly people, and persons with mental health issues  



Competencies (knowledge, skills required for the job, (see skills repository):

  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply needs assessment tools 
  • Knowledge of users cantered approach
  • Good capacity to organize and conduct training and community awareness-raising campaigns
  •  Knowledge of community-based rehabilitation approach
  •  Ability to work with partners
  • Knowledge of referral mechanism
  • Ability to develop information materials


  • Capacity to document the project achievements, lessons learned, and ability to write good project reports

Personal qualities:




Good communication skills

Flexible, ability work under pressure, teamwork spirit

Adaptable in various situations

Positive personality


Good teamwork spirit and persuasive skills

1. How to apply

 All interested candidates should send their application file (motivation letter, CV with 3 references, & copy of each diploma) not later than 23rdJanuary 2022, at midi night via email address:recrutement@rwanda.hi.org with subject: OT 202201

N.B: In respect of the law into force, persons with disabilities will be given a priority if they prove   professional competences as equally as other candidates in tests and interviews.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Done at Kigali, 10th January 2022


Mélanie GEISER

Country manager


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