Full Time Occupational Therapist (Service Provider and Educator) 1 year renewable contract
• Under the supervision of the Ethiopia-based Project Co-Manager and Co-Director, the Occupational Therapist will be working on an innovative and ground-breaking project. The occupational therapy service provider will serve as a practitioner/educator to assist with the development and dissemination of the profession of Occupational Therapy in Ethiopia. The practitioner/educator will be instrumental in demonstrating how occupational therapy can add value to the existing health service system in the country. Specifically, this role will involve the following: They will provide clinical service and collaborate with key stakeholders to develop and teach an undergraduate OT curriculum at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia. They will be supported by Academic Consultants and faculty of School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University for the establishment of Occupational Therapy service delivery, curriculum development and skills lab and work closely with the Ethiopian and Canadian OT coordinators to meet these goals.
• Duties and responsibilities of UoG Occupational Therapist :
o Establish and deliver occupational therapy services at the UoG hospital with the objectives of: delivering direct services to reduce disability: build the understanding of the profession while serving as part of the OT undergraduate education program.
o Determine the role and scope of OT at the UoG hospital.
o Work in collaboration with other health providers to both demonstrate the unique contribution of occupational therapy and contribute to the establishment of a model of collaborative practice.
o Use established occupational therapy processes and models to implement evidence-informed assessment, intervention and discharge planning for patients with a variety of ages and health conditions. Develop intervention approaches and models to support self-management to further treatment goals in the community
o Manage time and prioritize and manage client caseload volumes
o Evaluate the progress of both individual patients and the OT service.
o Work in conjunction with relevant resources in the community and departments on campus to better support the part A scholars with disabilities at UoG o support the UoG administrative team with their mission to make their campus accessible for those with disabilities given their knowledge in universal design.
o Provide OT consultation services on a wide variety of issues related to the treatment of a range of clients from paediatrics through to older adults
o Liaise with health care professionals and agencies in the community. E.g. CBR program and other rehabilitation centers (e.g. physical rehabilitation centers in Bahir Dar, Dessie and Addis Ababa)
o Develop and deliver information sessions and training to staff, clients and others on health related and professional awareness topics.
o Support in the selection process for recruitment of OT candidates from UoG as a selection committee member
o Work closely with the Queen’s and UoG OT coordinators to identify potential clinical attachment sites where their supervision may be required for both the MSc OT students and the undergrad UoG OT students.
o Provide input into the creation of an OT clinical skills lab for practical learning
o Provide supervision as needed for clinical placements in Ethiopia for MSc (OT) students and undergraduate OT students of UoG. This role will be important to build clinical competence and also to build the individuals as professional pioneers.
o Support the Ethiopian MSc(OT) students to develop as faculty as they will return to be faculty of the undergrad OT program at UoG (ie. mentorship group/workshops)
o Participate in team meetings, retreats, conferences, presentations as needed/appropriate
o Support UoG OT undergraduate program development by working closely with both UoG and Queen’s OT coordinators supporting the approval of this program by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Support the needs assessment and benchmarking process in Ethiopia for undergrad OT program
o Develop innovative ideas and participate in the awareness building of the profession in Ethiopia
o Participate in internal (UoG) and external (Ministry level, community, other professionals) sensitization workshops to build buy in and support of the profession as representative and service provider of the profession.
o Participate as a member of the WFOT project group and OT association for Ethiopia once established
o Teach/co-teach in undergraduate program at UoG in partnership with Ethiopian and Canadian faculty members
o Participate in evaluation planning and implementation of the undergrad OT program using an Occupational Therapy lens, support the team to identify possible employment sites to support OT graduates upon completion of their studies. Support and mentor OT graduates to promote the profession in the workplace (e.g., they may need a support person to go to if they are having problems integrating as the first OT in a new environment)
o Assist with partnership creation with college of medicine and health sciences, different schools and departments, community based rehabilitation program and hospital at UoG to have inter-professional learning and collaboration for OT learning and service delivery
o Working with the OT Coordinator, support the establishment of an OT library by providing occupational therapy perspective on the appropriate resources required
o Promote research activities and participate on research question development
• SPECIAL SKILLS:
o Ability to communicate and work across cultures
o Planning and organizational skills, foresight and management of potential , initiative and flexibility with the ability to problem solve, work within timelines
o A professional with patience who can provide standard quality of care
o Contribute to discussions to identify and determine project needs and workload
o Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to make presentations to leadership, faculty, and team maintaining clarity, efficiency, and comprehensiveness
o Ability to manage conflict and support those in conflict as appropriate
o Comfort with uncertainty and applying knowledge and resources to new/unfamiliar contexts
o Able to interpret, analyze, and implement policies and procedures, and recommend changes to meet goals.
• DECISION MAKING:
o Determine best recommendation for OT applicants when approached for advice or guidance. Decide how to get the necessary information to make an appropriate and helpful suggestion.
o Assist on priority setting and determine project needs and workload
o Identify consultation needs and work in collaboration with leadership and team to obtain supports
o Identify gaps in resources and services or functions that need improvement to leadership based on knowledge of student and faculty needs and recommend appropriate solutions; participating in the modifications as required clinical attachments in consultation with the other relevant team members
• REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
o Graduate degree in Occupational Therapy, from a WFOT approved program.
o A minimum of five years of clinical practice as an occupational therapist.
o Experience teaching Occupational therapy courses would be an asset.
o Excellent cross-cultural capacity and experience in international development contexts.
o Experience in instructional design and curriculum development.
o Ability to live in Gondar, Ethiopia full time, for duration of contract.
o Ability to travel to various countries on the continent of Africa to complete site visits for clinical attachments.
o Ability to travel to Canada as needed for project goals would be an asset.
Contact details for further information and how to apply
• Contact name: Anushka Joseph
• Contact role: Canadian Co-Manager for Project
• Contact organisation: University of Gondar/Queen’s University – Mastercard Foundation Project
• Contact email: email@example.com
• Link to more details: uogqueensmcf.com