Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda

Required languages

Type of contract
Fixed-term contract (6 months)

Necessary requirements
Degree in Physiotherapy, at least 3 years of experience.

Are you interested?
Read the full Job Description; if you are qualified, please apply online.

The international Physiotherapist is responsible for the treatment, preventative care and rehabilitation of the motor function and physical wellness of surgical, orthopaedic and cardiopathic patients, both independently and in collaboration with the other health professionals present.


The international Physiotherapist works as part of a team of specialists, collaborating with the local and international doctors (especially the General Surgeon and Orthopaedic Surgeon) to establish a physiotherapy treatment plan for the patient. The Physiotherapist supervises, teaches and works alongside the national colleagues.
The international Physiotherapist is responsible to the Medical Coordinator, who is in charge of the organisation and management of the project.

The main areas of work are:

  • WARD;

He/she will usually be present in the hospital 6 days a week.


All EMERGENCY international staff is expected to know and follow the hospital admissions criteria, guidelines, protocols, and the diagnosis and treatment standards in use in the Centre, and to ensure the correct compilation of clinical records and statistics in both computer and paper formats.

The main duties and responsibilities of the international Physiotherapist are:

    • to manage the Physiotherapy departmentin accordance with the organisational standards of the Centre;
    • to identify, plan and manage physiotherapy interventions and rehabilitation plans in accordance with medical instructions;
    • to establish a therapeutic relationship with the person receiving care;
    • to assist with clinical research and record keeping as required by the scientific programmes of the specialist sector of the Medical Division of EMERGENCY.

Clinical activity must always be discussed and shared with the international medics and nurses and the Medical Coordinator.


Clinical activities and patient care are always carried out alongside and in collaboration with local personnel, who thus benefit from training in the field. There is also provision for more specific teaching activities, managed by the international specialists, in accordance with the clinical protocols in use and as agreed with the Medical Coordinator.


The technological level of the equipment present in the Centres is suited to the clinical and managerial protocols in use, and the level of professional autonomy of the national staff, with the aim of achieving – and sustaining – high standards of care.

SURGICAL CENTRE – Kabul, Afghanistan

The Surgical Centre in Kabul is today the most important centre for war surgery in the country. The Intensive Care Unit has 7 beds with monitoring systems and ventilators. CT scanning equipment is available.
Both paediatric and adult patients are treated. Around 20% of patients are under 14 years of age, and present with bullet injuries, shrapnel, landmine injuries, stab wounds and burns. Abdominalvascularorthopaedic traumaplasticthoracic, maxillofacial, ocular and neurosurgical interventions are carried out both electively and in emergency.

SURGICAL CENTRE – Lashkar-Gah, Afghanistan

This is the only specialist war surgery centre in the region. The Intensive Care Unit has 6 beds with monitoring equipment. The admissions criteria and therefore the caseload are similar to those in Kabul, but with a higher prevalence of paediatric patients.


Every day over 130 patients are treated at the Surgical Centre in Goderich. The admissions criteria have been broadened in response to the needs of the population: today they include traumatology, emergency and elective surgery (emergencies permitting). Many patients are paediatric medical patients, and often need resuscitation due to cerebral malaria, shock resulting from severe anaemia, serious respiratory infections etc.



Patients with every type of congenital and acquired heart disease present at the Centre. The caseload is extremely varied and may at times be pre-selected according to the experience of the specialists present in a given period. Most patients presenting at the hospital are seriously compromised: the main cause of this is that the health care system and therefore treatment, both in the country and in the region as a whole, is fee-paying.

Since 2007 the Salam Centre has been the only completely free Cardiac Surgery centre in the region. The Centre forms the scientific and operational nucleus of a web of paediatric clinics situated in neighbouring countries which also carry out screening and follow-up for both adult and paediatric cardiac surgery patients. The most common pathologies treated are valvular cardiopathy of rheumatic origin (RHD – Rheumatic Heart Disease), congenital heart disease suitable for surgical treatment, and ischaemic heart disease in the non-acute phase; over the past ten years of activity (2008 – 2017) around 55.5% of patients admitted have been under 26 years of age.

Due to the advanced level of work carried out, the equipment available and technical, architectural and managerial innovations, the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery is considered a centre of excellence at an international level.


Further information on the guidelines, protocols and clinical services relevant to the post along with details of the instruments and equipment available will be provided at interview and during the period of preparation for the mission.
The general requirements and conditions apply to all the international staff.


  • Degree in Physiotherapy with professional registration in your Country of residence;
  • at least 3 years professional experience;
  • experience in Orthopaedic Surgery, Trauma and/or Cardiac Surgery departments/centres is a plus;
  • Preferable experience in cardio-respiratory physiotherapy;
  • Preferable experience in managing amputated patients, myelole-injured patients, etc


6 months’ overseas stay including a period of leave to be taken at the end of the mission in agreement with the coordinator.


For further information and inquiries (not for applications): To apply, please complete the on-line application form: applications sent to this e-mail account will not be considered.

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