The overthrow of longtime leader Muamar Gadhafi has left Libya in a state of turmoil. Since 2011, continued conflict in many parts of the country and political instability have resulted in a vacuum of effective governance and caused significant collapse in the country’s political-institutional system. Security, rule of law and social and economic well-being of the Libyan population have all been severely affected.
According to several assessments conducted by INGOs in 2016 – 17 the healthcare system in Libya is one of the hardest hit, having deteriorated to the point of collapse. Ongoing challenges include increased rates of chronic illness, disability and access to essential services such as medicine and rehabilitation. Hospitals struggle to absorb the number of patients and to cope with lack of resources, including a shortage of staff and essential medicines and supplies. According to the World Health Organization, around 1.3 million people have no access to life-saving health care services and resources.
The identification of the most vulnerable individuals, including people with disabilities, and the rapid response to essential needs (both basic and specific) is a priority for the humanitarian community working throughout Libya. In addition, the number of victims as a result of Conventional Weapons (CW) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) continues to grow. In contaminated areas, local populations, internally displaced persons and returning populations are all at risk of death and injury.
The political conflict and humanitarian crisis in Libya is likely to continue throughout the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. In parallel, the economic and political crisis is hampering the delivery of primarily medical and socio-economic services, complicating access and increasing the vulnerability of the general population, in particular of persons with disabilities.
Under the line management of the Head of Mission, and with the support of HQ Technical Advisor(s), the Project Coordinator will ensure the operational, technical and quality framework related to rehabilitation incorporating aspects of PSS to ensure an overall comprehensive approach. The Project Coordinator will also ensure HI representation in sectorial working groups and/or meetings. S/he will responsible to:
1. Contribute to the overall strategic planning and growth of HI’s mission and lead the definition of the Comprehensive Rehabilitation strategy in close link with other potential sectors of intervention (mine action).
2. Coordinate and lead on new project development including proposal writing.
3. Lead on external reporting including effective monitoring and support for donor compliance.
4. Oversee the progress, relevance and quality of projects implemented through ensuring and implementing effective monitoring and quality assurance frameworks.
5. Provide regular technical guidance and operational support to the Project Manager, Deputy Project Manager and Mental Health/Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Officer.
6. Contribute to the recruitment, induction, training and ongoing capacity building of national project staff.
7. Ensure the capture and application of lessons learned and supervising mission knowledge management as appropriate.
8. Lead the development and update of technical guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Rehabilitation sector where applicable.
9. Coordinate the design of training packages and information, education and communication (IEC) materials.
10. Contribute to HI’s external representation with other relevant actors and donors.
• 4-5 years’ experience in project coordination/management positions
Degree in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Prosthetics and Orthotics
Experience working in Physical rehabilitation environment, including comprehensive approach
Experience in an international NGO in either humanitarian response or development contexts
Knowledge on international frameworks and policies regarding Disability/Rehabilitation issues
Experience in training and capacity building, particularly across cultures
Demonstrable experience of working in an insecure environment or fragile state and in remote management
Strong communication skills
Solid knowledge of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, project logical framework approach and project cycle management
Excellent written reporting ability
Strong Excel skills including managing databases
Strong organizational and coordination capacities
Good capacity to represent the organization
English mandatory (oral and written) ; Arabic is an asset
Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
Proactive and self-motivated
Highly analytical and strategic approach
Able to work autonomously
Good team player
Flexible to requirements of mission and context
Handicap International started its activities in Libya in 2011. As a result of the conflict and political crisis, the collapse of the health services has reduced considerably the assistance towards the most vulnerable, in particular persons with disabilities. HI is currently managing a humanitarian programme from a Tripoli hub along one main pillar:
– Provision of comprehensive psychosocial support /physical therapy services for persons with disabilities/injuries either directly through HI Outreach teams, or through health partners (hospitals, rehabilitation centres, psychosocial support centers, local NGOs) with capacity building, technical support and donations of assistive devices and/or materials and equipment.
The current activities are taking place in Tripoli, Bani Waleed, Mislata and Tarhouna in western Libya, however Handicap International is currently exploring the possibility to intervene in Misrata and Benghazi in the near future, initially with similar activities. HI is also aiming at expanding the operational and geographic scope of its humanitarian activities along two additional pillars in the near future:
– Support to Libyan Mine Action Centre (LibMAC) and other key line ministries in developing a victim assistance strategy and action plan (data collection and record of victims/survivors, training to LibMAC staff and sectoral working groups both at Tripoli and Tunis levels).
– Provision of Risk Education to the community about the risks