Occupational Therapist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as an Occupational Therapist with Sr. Jackie’s Home for Special Children, Inc. (SJHSCI) in the Philippines. The H.O.M.E. project of SJHSCI offers physical and occupational rehabilitation for children with disabilities, educational support services, social skills enhancement, referral system and support services, organizational empowerment for the parents of children with special needs. The category of beneficiaries include children with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder and downs syndrome. One of the challenges encountered by Sr. Jackie’s Home for Special Children Inc. is the lack of manpower to cater the needs of children with special needs, most specially their beneficiaries who have behavioral and developmental disorders. Another problem is the lack of formal training of all the staff handling cases of Children with Disabilities (CWD). The assistance of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) serving as an occupational therapy technical expert is therefore requested to assist in strengthening the program interventions of SJHSCI.

A licensed Occupational Therapist with at least 3 years working experience in a CWD special education setting is needed to work closely with SJHSCI’s physical therapist along with the other staff. The PCRV will observe staff assessment and multi-disciplinary management of CWDs with developmental, behavioral and cognitive disorders to assess training needs of staff, conduct training, and a manual guide on the management of CWDs. The PCRV will also teach and guide staff in systematic method of writing notes for CWDs’ records and impart additional knowledge to strengthen other projects of SJHSCI. The overall goal of this assignment is to provide collective help and sharing of skills to optimize improvement of services to CWD being served.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in the Philippines together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Sr. Jackie’s Home For Special Children, Inc. (SJHSC)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Graduate of Occupational Therapy;
• Licensed Occupational Therapist
• At least 3 years working experience in a CWD special education setting;
• Culturally-sensitive to local conditions;
• Excellent people skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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