Since the offensives of the group Islamic State (IS) in 2014, Iraq has been facing an internal armed conflict and a double humanitarian crisis, with high numbers of Iraqi internally-displaced people (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in need of humanitarian assistance. As of September 2016, there were 3,322,410 recorded IDPs and 245,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq.
The identification of the most vulnerable individuals among them, including people with disabilities, and the rapid response to their essential needs (both basic and specific) is a priority for the humanitarian community. In addition, Conventional Weapons (CW) and Improvised Explosive Devices continue to impose a devastating human toll in Iraq. In contaminated areas, local populations, IDPs and returning populations are all at risk of death and injury.
The armed conflict and the humanitarian crisis in Iraq will continue throughout 2016 and into 2017. In parallel, the economic and political crisis in Iraq is hampering the delivery of medical and socio-economic services, complicating the access and increasing the vulnerability of the general population, and in particular of persons with disabilities, all over Iraq.
In October 2016, the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces began its military operation to retake the city of Mosul, under IS control for more than 2 years. The operation is leading to a new humanitarian crisis with significant movement of populations in new displacement areas, with 17,000 new IDPs in less than 2 weeks, and 200,000 expected in November.
Since the capture of Mosul by IS in 2014, there are reports of health facilities and hospitals being destroyed or damaged. This coupled with the worsening security situation; there is increasingly diminished access to health care and treatment for patients, elderly, people with disabilities and those with special needs.
With the offensive to retake the city of Mosul and the intensification of fighting in urban areas, civilians are at extreme risk from cross-fire and snipers. Tens of thousands of people will be forcibly expelled, trapped between fighting lines, under siege or held as human shields. Many public facilities, thoroughfares and homes have been booby-trapped or contaminated by explosive hazards. This has led to new injuries and potential disabilities among the displaced population. This population will be at high risk and would be in need of immediate health care when they arrive at the camps.
Humanitarian partners have been preparing intensively for months to respond to the needs of people displaced by the anticipated Mosul operation. This includes assistance to be provided to the displaced population on the frontline, screening points and at the camps.
Handicap International has started its response to the Mosul crisis with a deployment of teams to provide comprehensive services including trauma care for people injured during the conflict to retake Mosul and the surrounding areas.
ď§ Adaptation of technical tools for HIâs Mosul response, training, leaflets and other relevant documents and disseminating them among the mission upon prior validation of HQ Technical Referents;
ď§ Adaptation of protocols for early rehabilitation care within HIâs Mosul response to be provided for persons with injuries, in collaboration with targeted health facilities and other HI technical staff;
ď§ Providing training on early rehabilitation care for war wounded (develop training modules, ensure coherence of training with existing rehabilitation protocols, provision of training for HI physiotherapists deployed for this response through on-the-job and structured training;
ď§ Provide and prepare additional training sessions depending on the needs and possibilities within the targeted health facilities, other health and non-health actors for referrals, to existing medical staff as well as rehabilitation staff.
ď§ Support the Project Manager in continuous assessment of needs in field of expertise; to support the adaption of the Mosul project strategy (in terms of areas and modalities of intervention);
ď§ In coordination with Rehabilitation Technical Coordinator conduct assessments of capacities of the existing rehabilitation services to develop a referral pathway; together with other rehabilitation actors, as a part of the Trauma plan for Mosul;
ď§ With support of HIâs team, continue identification of relevant health facilities in need of technical support;
ď§ Conduct technical assessments of health facilities and develop tailored action plans for support to each health facility in terms of training and needs of rehabilitation equipment;
ď§ Implementation of rehabilitation support to health facilities, including provision of training, definition of the type of donation of assistive devices and addressing other identified needs, in close link with the Project Manager.
Representation/ External Coordination
ď§ Ensure HI presence in all key and relevant external working groups and meetings;
ď§ Facilitation/participation in rehabilitation coordination mechanisms specific to the Mosul response, as part of Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Working group.
ď§ Ensure a harmonized technical message is provided during these working groups and that HI speaks in a common voice on technical issues.
ď§ Regularly reporting on the above activities (statistics, weekly situation report, regular review of monthly objectives, etc.) as requested by your line manager and the Desk in charge at HQ;
ď§ Monitoring and maintaining compliance with standard HI guidelines related to your field of expertise, ensuring the technical relevance and quality of HIâs intervention.
ď§ Degree diploma in Physiotherapy
ď§ At least 5 years of experience in trauma management
ď§ At least 1 year experience as Project Manager in an NGO setting
ď§ Experience as a trainer of adults in field of expertise
ď§ Previous experience in physiotherapy of persons with injuries in conflict situations (experience of war wounded care management mandatory) within INGOs
ď§ Experience in the region (especially working within a similar healthcare and educational system) would be a strong asset
ď§ Strong communication and reporting skills
ď§ Strong organisational skills
ď§ Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
ď§ Ability to work under high pressure
ď§ Sense of humour
ď§ English mandatory (oral and written), Arabic would be a strong asset
ď§ Status: salaried contract with salary according to experience + per diem (513âŹ/ month, paid in the field)+ hardship allowance (Erbil: 250 âŹ)
ď§ Start:1st December 2016
ď§ Duration: 3 months
ď§ Living conditions: guesthouse shared with other expatriates (no charges)
ď§ Security conditions: low level of insecurity in Erbil, intermediate level of insecurity in the response area
ď§ Social insurance: 100% covered