The Center for Victims of Torture Physiotherapist / Trainer Job in Kenya

Physiotherapist / Trainer 
Location: Nairobi, Nairobi Municipality, Kenya | Department: International Services

The Center for Victims of Torture is seeking a Physiotherapist/Trainer to join a new program in Nairobi addressing the mental health needs of refugees who are living in the city.  

The Physiotherapist/Trainer will oversee physiotherapy services for adults and children who are survivors of torture and provide training and supervision to a team of local physiotherapists who work as part of a multi-disciplinary care model.  
The position is based in Nairobi and has a one year, renewable employment agreement.  This is an accompanied post.  The position will begin on November 1.


The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. 

We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. 
We provide direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture.  
We are headquartered in Minnesota with offices in Africa and the Middle East.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Supervision and Training:  Oversee the quality of physiotherapy activities and provide supervision to physiotherapy team.  Design and carryout training programs for local physiotherapists – including ongoing training, mentoring, modeling, observing and conducting supervision sessions.  Facilitate case consultations and review of documentation.  Continually assess development of staff and adapt training to meet their needs.
  • Clinical Management: Assist in day-to-day operations of the program to ensure goals are met.  Coordinate physiotherapy team, and strengthen collaboration with the counseling team.
  • Clinical Assessment: Oversee and train physiotherapists on assessments of clients and determination of appropriate interventions.  Review and develop technical tools for client assessments.
  • Community Assessment: Design and carryout assessments in the community to determine physiotherapy interventions that are appropriate for torture survivors.
  • Community Collaboration:  Provide training and coordination with other organizations so they can better address the needs of torture survivors.
  • Reporting:  Prepare and submit regular reports documenting clinical and training activities and progress achieved toward program goals.
  • Program Evaluation:  Participate in the design, implementation and monitoring of program evaluation systems.
  • B.S. degree from an accredited/approved school for physiotherapy.  Masters degree or equivalent preferred.
  • Fluency in English.  Fluency in relevant East African languages such as Swahili, Somali and French preferred.
  • Cultural sensitivity awareness in working with diverse staff and clients.
  • 5 years experience as a physiotherapist with a strong orthopedic background.
  • Understanding of and experience implementing culturally appropriate physiotherapy interventions for people who have suffered trauma.  Experience with torture survivors preferred.
  • Understanding of and experience developing curriculum and providing training for physiotherapy professionals using experiential learning approaches.
  • International experience desirable.  Experience working in East Africa preferred.
  • Experience supervising physiotherapists.
  • Skilled at carrying out needs assessment and program evaluations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Skilled at working as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing program requirements, client needs and political climate.
Compensation:  Competitive salary and benefit package.


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