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CESVI – PSN & Disability Specialist – Libia/Tunisia

Cesvi Fondazione sta selezionando un/a PSN & Disability Specialist da inserire nella sua operatività in Tunisia, Libia. Durata 6 mesi. Scadenza candidature 28/02/2022

PSN & Disability Specialist – Tunisia/Libia


Cesvi is operating in Libya since 2011 as the first Italian NGO to take action, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, through humanitarian projects in Cyrenaica and Tripolitania. Nowadays Cesvi is one of leading NGOs in Libya, very active in the coordination of various sector working groups – in particular protection ones – with a diverse donors’ portfolio and serving all vulnerable target populations.

In detail, Cesvi has been implementing programmes supporting mixed migrants, IDPs and vulnerable host communities through service provision. This include center-based and outreach protection activities (including child protection and GBV), warehouse management, non-food distributions, awareness-raising activities, psychosocial support, referrals to external services, cash assistance and non-formal education.

Current projects:

  • UNHCR: Protection and lifesaving assistance to refugees and asylum seekers (Tripoli)
  • UNICEF: Psychosocial support and remedial education for children of IDPs and refugees (Tripoli – Misrata and Zwara)
  • EU Trust Fund: PEERS: Protection Enabling Environment and Resilience Services (Misrata)
  • EU-DG NEAR CSO: Strengthen the capacity of CSOs and informal groups in the South and East of Libya


The collaboration will start in March 2022.

The main duty station will be the Country Office in Tunis, with a minimum of 50% regular stay in Libya (Tripoli, Misrata and other relevant locations), when security conditions allow it.

The current Libya set up implies 4 consecutive weeks in Libya, 4 weeks in Tunisia. (Covid 19 specific: IF 1 week quarantine back in Tunis is required this will counted as week in Tunisia). Set can change depending on mission/logistics and context needs

This 6-months-lasting role will work at a project-specific level supporting the UNHCR-funded intervention to expand and assure quality for its PSN component, and it will support the Cesvi Libya Mission to improve the inclusion of PSN across its service delivery, strategy and tools.

In close collaboration with Cesvi’s Project Manager and PSN Supervisor under Cesvi’s UNHCR-funded project, the PSN and Disability Specialist would oversee achieving the following results:

A) Promote the inclusiveness of the activities within Cesvi mission in Libya / Tunis (20%)

  • Support the disability inclusion component, focus on improving protection and access to basic and specialized services for persons with specific needs (with main focus to Persons with disabilities, injuries, elderly, chronic illness etc).
  • Work closely with Cesvi team on defining the framework of Cesvi support to targeted populations, including field level partners, to improve inclusiveness of the activities and adaptability needed to welcome and serve people with disabilities in line with global technical frameworks and standards.
  • Work on revising Cesvi internal tools and guidelines to ensure inclusiveness of the services provided.

B) Provision of technical expertise in defining Cesvi’s intervention plan for the PSN component of the project (50%)

  • Define Cesvi intervention plan under the UNHCR project in terms of type of cases to be followed with physical rehabilitation, the number of sessions to be provided, treatment plan development, follow up and discharge plan.
  • Support Cesvi local project-based PSN physiotherapists in providing adequate rehabilitation to the identified patients by providing the needed technical skills on the techniques to be applied respecting the do-no-harm principle.
  • Provision of training for the PSN team on topics such as rehabilitation management of people with amputations, rehabilitation management of people with hemiplegia, rehabilitation management of people with spinal cord injuries and others based on the identified needs of Cesvi and its partners. The Disability specialist might suggest other relevant training topics based on the needs identified on the ground.
  • Join Cesvi PSN team in assessing the needs in terms of assistive medical devices of the potential cases identified at the different assessment stages.
  • Define the needed tools to trigger cases in need for referral to Psychosocial support or other mental health support services when relevant in collaboration with the relevant Cesvi, donor and partner focal points.
  • Define attention points to the team following up each referred case for best practices and potential needs.
  • Guide the PSN team on the provision of the training to the POC and/or his or her caregiver on the use of the donated device, best practices for taking care of the device, protecting him/herself from complications and preventing accidents.
  • Define the needs of cases in need for follow up session(s) when their situation might be subject to change or at a significant risk level of complications to provide needed guidance and referrals when relevant.
  • Shadow the PSN team in the different activities’ implementation, including home visits, to provide the needed guidance on service provision within a home setup.

C) Defining needs and supporting quality validation of assistive medical devices in terms of procurement and activities planning (20%)

  • Provide guidance on types and number of assistive medical devices to be purchased to serve the persons of concern based on a clear analysis of the cases assessed and types of impairments/disability identified.
  • Work in collaboration with PM and PSN supervisor for the analysis of the program and its cohesion with the context and the identified rehab needs for adaptation of current activities or design of new activities as per request.
  • Provide clear guideline on the selection criteria of the assistive medical devices, develop the procurement catalogue with the detailed devices descriptions and cases that can benefit from each.
  • Work closely with the logistics team along with PSN supervisor in the process of devices quality check and validation during the full procurement process and provide adequate feedback and risks based on price/availability vs quality.

D) Capacity building and training provision (10%)

  • In close collaboration with the PSN Supervisor, develop and deliver training in inclusive humanitarian action, including on definition of disability, communication with people with disabilities, risks of complications, taking care of devices and devices modifications, as well as provide tips for improving inclusiveness standards.
  • Produce training and coaching reports and coordinate feedbacks with Cesvi management for strengthening continuous staff development as per the identified needs.


  • Advanced degree (Master or equivalent) in Physical Rehabilitation
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in humanitarian context or with INGOs/UN, preferably in emergency context
  • Proven experience in training provision on disability related topics
  • Previous experience in conducting Video discussions and distance training (remote)
  • Strong communication and reporting skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Ability to work under high pressure
  • English mandatory (oral and written)
  • Arabic is considered a great asset


Cesvi has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a child or a vulnerable adult by any of our staff, related persons or partners.

Cesvi commitment to being a safe organization begins with the staff recruitment process which includes meticulous checks, such as criminal records checks or check disclosure of previous convictions, to ensure children and vulnerable people are safeguarded and abuse is prevented. Safeguarding checks are part of the selection process performance.


Cesvi pays particular attention to safeguarding the health of all the human resources of the Organisation. Therefore, in order to protect its staff, an assessment of their suitability for the position in each mission is carried out before departure. Such assessment is done by the Occupational Doctor of the Organisation, who will also examine the vaccination coverage, including the anti-Covid19 vaccination.

Please note: due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback if unsuccessful at applicant stage. Only short-listed candidates will be updated on the status of their application.


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