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Physical Rehabilitation Technical Advisor - INECD

Save the Children - USA
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Save the Children is seeking a Physical Rehabilitation Technical Advisor for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Inclusive Nutrition and Early Childhood Development (INECD) activity in Rwanda. The proposed project will focus on promoting nurturing and responsive care practices, especially in the areas of health, functioning, nutrition, and early childhood development (ECD) for caregivers and children. Specifically, the activity aims to improve health and nutrition outcomes among women of reproductive age and adolescents and infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF). It also aims to address child development gaps and specifically unmet physical rehabilitation and assistive technology (rehab/AT), and social inclusion needs for infants and children. The activity will focus on community-level service delivery, community-health facility linkages and district level capacity development, as well as address issues of inclusion and participation, including access to programs and services for children and adults with disabilities, in line with Government of Rwanda (GoR) priorities

The Physical Rehabilitation Technical Advisor reports to the Deputy Chief of Party and will provide technical leadership in the development of physical rehabilitation, including assistive technology, and health system approaches.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Analysis and Strategy (35%)

  • Lead the design and implementation of the disability inclusion, rehabilitation and assistive technology (Rehab/AT) analysis.
  • Lead development of the project Disability Inclusion and Rehab/AT
  • Strategy and ensure Disability Inclusion and Rehab/AT Analysis recommendations are integrated into project plans.
  • Update the Disability Inclusion and Rehab/AT Strategy annually alongside the project work plan using formal and informal feedback.
  • Coordinate with project staff, including managers and technical specialists, to ensure the implementation of the Disability Inclusion and Rehab/AT Strategy into project activities.

Project Implementation (50%)

  • Support with project reporting, ensuring that updates and progress on related indicators and successes are included in project reports and annual work plans.
  • Work with and support Monitoring, Evaluation, and Accountability and Learning (MEAL) teams to: develop context-specific indicators for disability inclusion and Rehab/AT; measure outcomes; and collect and analyze data.
  • Design and conduct disability inclusion and Rehab/AT components of assessments or standalone Rehab/AT assessments as appropriate, ensuring results are used to adapt project implementation.

Coordination & Capacity Building (15%)

  • Build capacity of project and partner staff in disability inclusion and Rehab/AT, in project activities.
  • Represent disability inclusion and Rehab/AT aspects of the project to external stakeholders, such as the donor, governments, and partners; disseminate learnings and best practices; and participate in technical working groups.

Required Qualifications

  • Subject matter expert in the development of pediatric rehabilitation, including assistive technology, services and knowledgeable about health system approaches with a minimum of seven years of relevant experience in low- and middle-income settings.
  • Master’s degree or higher in a physical rehabilitation and/or associated field is required
  • At least seven years of experience designing, implementing, or supporting disability inclusion and physical rehabilitation programming, is highly desired;
  • Experience with the design and delivery of community-based rehabilitation and/or community based inclusive development programming
  • Experience supporting government to expand services or strengthen systems for disability inclusion and Rehab/AT
  • Strong technical skills around policy development and development of trainingcurricula or tools and monitoring the quality of programs; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required and Kinyarwanda is highly desirable.

Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Save the Children

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