Home Vacancies, July 2024 Physiotherapist/Trainer


Location: Tigray, Ethiopia
Department: International Positions

Deadline: Jul 20, 2024

Job Description

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Physiotherapist/Trainer to work as a part of an interdisciplinary team to address the trauma rehabilitation needs of Ethiopian internally displaced persons in the Tigray region. The Physiotherapist/Trainer will oversee physiotherapist interventions, including individual and group physiotherapy with adults and children who are survivors of torture, war trauma, and gender based violence survivors (SGBV). This position also will provide supervision, coaching, and training to a team of physiotherapists and provide education, and work closely with mental health staff to ensure high-quality interdisciplinary team care to clients and provide training and support to help other organizations better meet the needs of torture and war survivors.


CVT is an international non-profit dedicated to providing trauma healing services to survivors of war and other violations. CVT works toward a future in which these violations cease to exist and victims have hope for a new life. We are headquartered in Minnesota, USA with offices in Africa and the Middle East. We work locally, nationally and internationally through programs that provide trauma rehabilitation, conduct technical assistance and capacity building to human rights activists, civil society organizations, and local service providers around the world who can prevent and treat gross human rights abuses, and advocate for human rights and an end to gross human rights violations.


  • Clinical Supervision and team management: Provide individual and group clinical supervision to local physiotherapist and rehabilitation assistants that includes case discussions, live supervision, co-run sessions, coaching and mentoring and supervision of supervisor, with emphasis on self-care components. Assist in developing supervision systems. Strengthen interdisciplinary clinical practices and protocols. Model assessment and treatment interventions, lead case consultations, conduct observations and debriefings, and review documentation. Meet regularly with individual physiotherapist and as a team to provide training and supervision to further clinical development, monitor progress and caseloads, provide staff support and promote self-care.
  • Clinical Program Management: Manage performance of supervisees and provide regular feedback both through formal and informal assessment. Manage day-to-day operations of the physiotherapy department activities, including managing the physiotherapy team that provides services across CVT Centers in Tigray. Track and ensure program objectives are met. Promote collaboration between disciplines of physiotherapy, counselling, and social work.
  • Clinical Training: Design and carry out training programs for the physiotherapy department and wider interdisciplinary team. Continually assess learning needs of physiotherapists, develop and modify individual professional development plans, and adapt training and coaching accordingly. Adapt training style, content, and frequency to meet both individual and team needs. Work as an interdisciplinary team to assess, provide and follow up on topics related to case management, interdisciplinary work, and related topics. Participate in hiring and orientation for new national physiotherapists.
  • Clinical Program Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E): Collaborate closely with CVT and partner staff to fulfill the project’s monitoring and evaluation commitments. Prepare and submit regular reports documenting clinical and training activities, including training and workshop sessions, that focus on progress achieved toward program objectives. Provide input and feedback for grant reports and proposals.
  • Staff Support: Assess the staff support needs of CVT and project partners’ teams serving survivors of torture and gross human rights violations. Develop and deliver training to address these needs.
  • Program Development and Evaluation: Participate in the design of and implementation of new programs as well as program evaluation.
  • Community Collaboration and Capacity-Building: Assess skill sets, systems and methods of physiotherapy service delivery at partner centers. Provide training and coordination with other organizations to better address the needs of torture and war survivors. Carry out need assessments in local communities to determine appropriate physiotherapy interventions for children and adults who have been tortured and/or traumatized by war. Identify potential partners, target populations, appropriate program intervention models and program sites.
  • Other Duties: Participate in other program and organization-wide activities, meetings and trainings. Complete administrative responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.


Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Masters’ degree or equivalent degree in physiotherapy or related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience providing physiotherapy to children, adults, and families and individual and group physiotherapy.
  • Licensure or certification as a physiotherapist
  • Extensive experience working as a physiotherapist with refugee, displaced, or asylum-seeking populations.
  • Experience providing physiotherapy to survivors of torture.
  • Experience providing physiotherapy to survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.
  • Experience in trauma and/or managing clients with mental health conditions.
  • Experience using a biopsychosocial approach.
  • Experience providing supervision and training to physiotherapists or equivalent positions.
  • Experience working with diverse cultural groups.

Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Master’s or equivalent advanced degree in physiotherapy or related field.
  • Work experience in chronic pain programs.
  • 7 years of experience providing physiotherapy to children, adults, and families and individual and group physiotherapy
  • Required: Cultural sensitivity awareness in working with diverse staff and client populations.
  • Required: Understanding of and experience developing curriculum and providing training for physiotherapy professionals using interactive methodologies. Experience providing training and sensitization on the effects of trauma and war.
  • Required: Demonstrated commitment to the organization’s interdisciplinary approach in trauma rehabilitation service delivery.
  • Required: Understanding of and experience implementing culturally appropriate physiotherapy interventions, including individual, group, and community-based approaches for people who have suffered torture and war trauma.
  • Required: Demonstrated commitment to the organization’s interdisciplinary approach in trauma rehabilitation service delivery.
  • Preferred: Skilled at carrying out needs assessment and program evaluations.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Required: Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Required: Excellent Oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Required: Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to work in challenging areas, changing conditions, procedures and/or policies, client needs, program needs, and required tasks.
  • Required: Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Required: Strong leadership, analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills including effective time management and workload organization.
  • Required: Commitment to the ethical and sensitive implementation of project activities, including a commitment to confidentiality, diversity, equity, and inclusion, quality service provision, and the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment.
  • Required: Experience working with INGO partner organizations operating in low-resource and/or post-conflict settings.
  • Required: Experience implementing culturally appropriate physiotherapy interventions, including individual, group and community-based approaches for children, adolescents and adults – particularly minorities – who have suffered torture, trauma, and historical persecution.
  • Required: Ability to consistently promote and represent a humanitarian and human rights understanding of their work internally and externally, including promoting acceptance of differences and non-discrimination.
  • Required: Commitment to and role modeling of human rights approach including: – maintaining respect regarding any sensitive issues such as religion, gender, minority or political affiliation and treating colleagues equally regardless of differences. Strong commitment to serving beneficiaries of CVT’s project regardless their religion, gender, disability, minority affiliation, or political background.
  • Preferred: Experience working in a cross-cultural humanitarian context, preferably in the African region.
  • Preferred: Experience supporting organizational staff to maintain personal and professional well-being and to manage job stress and vicarious trauma.
  • Preferred: Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Work Environment:

  • Typical work week is Monday through Friday
  • Under normal conditions, work will be completed in a physiotherapy healing center and the office environment.
  • Remote working from guesthouse when required due to public health conditions, risk management constraints, and other considerations.
  • Time spent on the computer is approximately 40%.
  • Frequent travel by road, including in difficult conditions, for up to one to two hours per journey within Shire and its environs.


To Apply:

  Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations to: http://cvt.simplicant.com/


CVT is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, familial status or any other protected status. We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds such as these to apply for this position.