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Capacity Building of Rehabilitation Professionals on Management of Cerebral Palsy - Functional Rehabilitation Project in Yunnan Province (China)



The Federation Handicap International (HI) is an independent international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. HI promotes an inclusive approach by focusing on access to services “for all” whenever possible rather than developing specific actions for people with disabilities.

Handicap International has been working in China since 1998.The programme has been operating in Yunnan since 2011, in cooperation with its partner, the Yunnan Disabled Persons‟ Federation (YDPF) and its branches at Shizong and Chengjiang counties, through the set-up of the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) projects. HI with collaboration with Yunnan Rehab Center (as affiliated organization of YDPF), a

rehabilitation project started in January 2014, for the duration of 3 years. The project‟ specific objective stipulates that: “The quality of and access to functional rehabilitation services in Yunnan is improved, addressing the needs of people with disabilities.”

This assignment aims capacity building of rehabilitation professionals (OT, PT. mid-level therapist and CBR workers) and management staff to facilitate Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) coordinated service and improved quality rehabilitation services of the Yunnan Rehabilitation Centre (YRC). The YRC invited children with disabilities and their caregiver for 1.5 periods of time to receive appropriate rehabilitation services. Most of the clients came at chronic stage and 90% of them are children with cerebral palsy below 7 years old.

Currently children are coming for a 3 months session at the YRC with the aims of parents‟ education and provision of comprehensive rehab service for people living in remote areas. The CP department has different units respectively on Physiotherapy,

Occupational Therapy, Conductive Education, Cognitive Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Electro-magnetic Feedback room, Nursing Station, Sensory Integration and a space for Botox injection, etc. Currently hydrotherapy therapy unit is not functional, though it is equipped.Rehab professionals are more comfortable with passive exercise and joint compression, which are often painful. The development milestones are not well respected in therapy programme, for instance; practicing sitting when a child didn‟t achieve rolling. There are enough toys and functional tools but therapists seldom use these items rather use electric stimulation and passive exercise. Nevertheless, there is much scope to improve the effectiveness of stretching/passive exercise.

Description of the mission

Objective of the mission

To equip project rehabilitation professionals to offer comprehensive functional rehabilitation services for children with disabilities.

With the specific activities,

a) In-house training and on the job support to rehab professional at the YRC

b) Organize sensitization session for management staff of YRC to ensure better coordination, monitoring, improve referral mechanism and quality control

c) Organize one week (3 days + 2 days) training for CBR workers on management of children with CP at community settings. Trained therapist from YRC will play co-facilitator role, part of their capacity building.

Expected result:

By the end of the two months training and on the job support, participants will be able to

  • Demonstrate confidence to provide basic functional rehabilitation service aiming to promote functional independence and social inclusion of children with disabilities, following principle of PCA.
  • Explain how to promote appropriate and successful referral mechanism to access specific rehab/medical services and mainstream services (e.g., schooling, vocational training, social service, etc.)
  • Explain how to build capacity of parents and engage them in rehabilitation and inclusion process.
  • Importance and scope of awareness rising for social inclusion.


§ Regular debriefing/update to HI, especially after achieving each milestone of the assignment.

§ Submission of mission report and training materials one week before final mission date. CONTEXT

China has fast economic growth for the last decade and it has improved in infrastructure, transportation, communication and health system. The consultant will enjoy international standard lifestyle irrespective the concern of air and water pollution. There is internaional SoS office based in Beijing with strong relationship with Hong Kong SoS for advance medical management or evacuation.

The position will be based in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province at the south- east region, 3 hours flight from Beijing. Yunnan is one of poverty prone province in the South, though Kunming is well developed capital city; economy mainly depends on agriculture, tourist and tobacco production. Handicap International does not have an office base in Kunming; however, HI Project Officer (Occupational Therapist) for this project based in Kunming and YRC accommodate her at their office. There is also no HI guest house, the person has be to stay in hotel for this short mission.

Project Manager is the line manager of this position with strong functionalinterface with Technical Coordinator. There will be pre-post and mid-term review briefing with PM and Technical Coordinator. However there may require more frequent meeting with TC, may

be weekly Skype meeting initially. Nevertheless, the Project Officer based in Kunming will be the focal person to manage local day-to-day issues.

Profile of consultant

§ A consultant with rehabilitation background (OT or PT) and at least 5 years of clinical experience on Cerebral Palsy.

§ Experience adult learning principles and development of training materials

§ Consultancy experience in the same field in China will be an added value.

Experience and knowledge of HI‟s program will be an asset.

§ Language: Chinese and English

§ Personal qualities: Abilitiesto demonstrate tolerance, patience, flexibility, team-work and self-reliance is the most important for this position.


Two months

Management and Logistics

HI China will be responsible for all logistical arrangements, including travel, accommodation, etc. for field visit, training and workshop.

Candidates should submit the following information with their application:

  1. Brief cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae of consultant and list of previous assignments, highlighting those focus on experience on similar area.
  3. A proposal of the detailed methodology, tentative work plan and time schedule,
  4. Expected consultancy fee.

Submission of Applications:

Applications should be sent by email to, Jane Lu, Project Manager

Handicap International, China Program

Email: and copy to

Please indicate “CP expert for Functional Rehabilitation Project” in the email‟s subject.

Deadline for applications:28 October 2015

Selected applicant will be informed by 13th November 2015 and is expected to arrive in

China at the latest on 01 December 2015. All applicants will be informed by e-mail.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: Handicap International
  • Location: Beijing
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
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  • Closing Date: 2015-10-28

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