Rehabilitation Specialist – NGO Jobs 2021

Job Title: Rehabilitation Specialist

Country: Sierra Leone
Organization: Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion
Closing date: 22 Dec 2021

“Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity”

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in more than 60 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

For further information about the association:


HI has been working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone, international and national partners in the country since 1996, supporting vulnerable groups and people with disability. Program sectors include capacity building in rehabilitation; advocacy and rights, mother and child health, economic empowerment, mental health, protection and inclusive education. HI is currently implementing 5 projects for the promotion of inclusive education, emergency response, mental health and protection.

On 5th November a fuel tanker collided with another truck, and exploded 45 minutes after, at Wellington PMD Junction, on the main road through Easter Freetown. In the interim, some community members rushed to the scene and took advantage of the leakage to scoop fuel and store it in nearby makeshift structures. In the course of scooping the fuel, the explosion occurred that resulted in the fire disaster that occurred. The severity of the fire led the Government of Sierra Leone to declare the incident as level 2 (national emergency response). The fire was reported to have rapidly affected nearby traffic, as well as those attempting to collect fuel. This incident led to the death of at least 138 people. Around 200 people are being treated in hospitals and clinics across the city, some with burns up to 75% of their body, which indicates that the death toll will increase highly in the coming days. To respond to this emergency, HI is implementing an emergency project focus on MH/PSS and rehabilitation support to the victims, their family and front-line workers. A first rehabilitation specialist from HI emergency pool has been mobilized since the 19th November. The rehabilitation specialist will continue the activities set up by the emergency physiotherapist.


Under the responsibility of the Operation Managers and with the support of the physiotherapist global specialist at HQ, the physiotherapist contributes within the country where he/she is based to the implementation of the mandate and the 10-year strategy of Humanity & Inclusion.

Responsibility 1 – You support the medium-term physical rehabilitation of the injured of the explosion (80%)

A Rehabilitation specialist from the HI Emergency pool has been deployed in Sierra Leone to support HI staff, physiotherapists, medical and nurses staff providing adequate rehabilitation to the burn patients. Indeed they need to be supported by a physiotherapist experimented in burns during at least one to two months. They have a lack of training, especially on specialized rehabilitation care for burn people (respiratory care, positioning, splinting, progressive mobilization …). They also required sensitization towards the benefit of early rehabilitation. HI is ensuring the referral to physiotherapy service which is tailored to each individual to prevent complication and improve the functional and physical wellbeing. At least 50 to 100 injured will receive functional rehabilitation services. Functional rehabilitation services is also include provision of appropriate assistive and mobility devices (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches) and splints to improve the functional movements of beneficiaries. The objective of this position is to cover the medium-term physical rehabilitation of the injured. Indeed, once the emergency phase will be over, it is essential that the functional rehabilitation for burn victims continue until they recover the maximum of mobility. This phase can last from 12 to 18 months. A 6-month project has been secured for now that needs to be covered prior supporting long-term recovery.

Responsibility 2 – You contribute to HI’s expertise in rehabilitation sectors in Sierra Leone (20%)

Rehabilitation is one of priority of HI in Sierra Leone for the next 3 years. The rehabilitation specialist will contribute to influence rehabilitation priorities in the country and develop new project.


-You ensure technical support to projects in line with the global technical frameworks and standards

-You ensure technical learning from projects

-You ensure compliance of the technical proposition with nexus stakes


-You contribute to the local external prestige and influence of HI’s expertise

Business Development

-You contribute to the context analysis in Rehabilitation sector in Sierra Leone

-You contribute to the design and writing of new projects in Sierra Leone or Liberia

-You identify & transform major opportunities in Sierra Leone under rehabilitation

-You contribute to the conception of project in rehabilitation sector in Sierra Leone and Liberia

-You identify & develop local partnerships and/or consortium with NGOs, institutions, companies on technical priorities


· You hold a degree in physiotherapist

· You have at least 5 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation including experience in low-to-middle income countries

· You have experience in burn management & capacity building, working collaboratively with multiple external stakeholders

· You have excellent reactivity and flexibility

· You are able to work under pressure without constant supervision

· You demonstrate strong interpersonal and intercultural skills

· You are fluent in English


The overall situation in Sierra Leone is calm, however there are some factors that should be considered from a security perspective. In particular:

• The population’s vulnerability to external shocks (which could be, for example, increasing food prices; increasing of importation taxes; negative impact of changing US exchange rate, etc.).

• Health situation: generally speaking, the health system is deficient in Sierra Leone.

The program currently operates only in Sierra Leone but aims to re-start activities in Liberia (the program closed the office in December 2017 at the end of the project). The position is based in Freetown but some visits to the Sierra Leone bases in the Provinces would be expected and if required to travel to Monrovia.

The office and the international staff houses/apartments are comfortable. The power supply is erratic but all houses have generators and air conditioning and drinking water is supplied. Freetown is less developed than the main capitals in West Africa and food variety can be limited but most items can be found in supermarkets if you have time to shop around (be mindful about the variation of prices between shops). People are very friendly and there are some lovely local beaches which are relatively easy to access. Mobility restrictions within the city and the adjacent beaches are subject to evolution of COVID-19 in the Country.


At HI, the conditions offered are up to your commitment and adapted to the context of your mission.

· 4 to 5 months International contract starting from January 2022

· The international contract provides social cover adapted to your situation:**

o Unemployment insurance benefits for EU nationals**

o Pension scheme adapted to the situation of our employees: If you already have a personal pension scheme HI will contribute at the same level of your personal monthly contribution with a maximum of 272.53€/month ; If you do not have a personal pension scheme, we will open a private pension account with your contribution of 272.53€/month and a contribution of HI of the same amount**

o Medical coverage with 50% of employee contribution **

o Repatriation insurance paid by HI**

· Salary from 2757 € gross/month upon experience

· Perdiem: 518,03 € net/month – paid in the field

· Paid leaves: 25 days per year;

· R&R: 1 day per month

· Unaccompanied position

· Collective housing taken in charge by HI

If you are resident in the country: local package

How to apply:

Only online by joining a CV and cover letter via the following link:

Only successful candidates will be contacted.