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Assistive Technology Systems Strengthening Global Advisor for Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS)


General Summary:

UCPW is seeking candidates for an Assistive Technology Systems Strengthening Global Advisor for a new USAID-funded project, Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Healthy Systems (ReLAB-HS). The AT Technical Systems Strengthening Global Advisor will provide technical direction for all AT-related activities; guide activities to streamline AT services, procurement, and distribution within AT Service Centers in four learning countries; provide ongoing AT-related training and capacity building to AT Service Center staff and ReLAB staff and partners; and provide high-level guidance and technical input to the AT Technical Working Group and national secretariat governing group.

ReLAB-HS aims to support development of health systems that are responsive to the escalating challenge of addressing the growing needs for rehabilitation within populations. It seeks to co-design and implement innovative, comprehensive, cost-effective interventions that strengthen health systems for provision of rehabilitation including assistive technology. ReLAB-HS will focus on integrating rehabilitation and assistive technology services across all levels of care within health systems. The ReLAB-HS consortium comprises of six international partners with expertise in health systems, implementation science, and delivery innovations.


About UCP Wheels for Humanity:

Founded in 1996, UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCPW) increases access to mobility and improves quality of life for children and adults with physical disabilities in less-resourced countries. UCP Wheels makes strategic investments in communities by leveraging existing capacities and empowering local stakeholders. Based on the needs of each region in which we work, we offer one or more of our direct-service or capacity-building programs. For more information, visit


Specific Duties and Responsibilities: 

This is an at-large position supporting an anticipated five-year project. The position will report to UCPW’s HQ Director of programs.


Responsibilities include:

  1. Technical guidance and management
    • Provide technical direction for all AT-related activities across the project
    • Support the provision of technical guidance to UCPW Senior Rehabilitation and AT Technical Advisors in Ukraine and a second country as needed
    • Backstop AT-related activities undertaken by consortia staff in two other project countries
    • Oversee project consultants involved in the design and development of AT Service Centers, including local and international AT Training Consultants, a Journey Mapping and Market Research Consultant, an AT Center SOP and Warehousing Consultant, and others
    • Provide high-level guidance and technical input to the AT Technical Working Group and national secretariat governing group on AT topics, including AT service standards, AT service delivery model development, product categories, International Organization for Standardization standards and testing requirements, and other priority areas
    • Ensure that all program activities that UCPW is engaged in are aligned with global technical standards for AT and rehabilitation services
  2. Support streamlining of AT services, procurement, and distribution through development of AT Service Centers
    • Lead on AT formative assessments in partnership with consortium members in four learning countries on the national landscape in relation to AT and synthesize findings
    • Coordinate with consortia partners to identify one government institution in each of the four learning countries for the development of dedicated AT service and centralized procurement centers
    • Lead national service delivery model development in coordination with other stakeholders and manage technical assistance on procurement
    • In Ukraine and a second country, work with the ReLAB field team on stakeholder engagement with MOH and other actors on the development of the AT service provision model, the development of associated protocols, integration of the AT service model within the telerehabilitation service delivery model, and procurement of assistive products
    • Coordinate with AT center management and ReLAB project consultants in learning countries to develop institutional guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for AT Service Centers covering AT services, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, and other topics
    • Document and systematize the process of developing AT Service Center institutional guidelines and SOPs for scaling and application in other contexts
  3. Training and capacity building
    • Support the clinical and operational capacity building of AT center staff to enable them to fully manage the provision of wheelchairs and other select assistive products, including leading WSTP and TAP training as needed
    • Support AT centers’ capacity to build referral pathways from rehabilitation service providers at the tertiary, secondary, and primary health levels
    • Provide ongoing remote technical support to consortium staff carrying out stakeholder engagement and capacity building activities related to AT procurement and distribution
  4. Representation
    • Serve as the ReLAB-HS Consortium Thematic Lead for Assistive Technologies
    • Represent the project globally on all aspects related to AT
  5. Reporting and Liaison
    • Document initiatives, processes, and outcomes related to AT Service Center development, trainings, and capacity building
    • Ensure the regular flow of communication and information between project consultants and HQ
    • Review quarterly project reports and any other donor reports that are contractually obligated; provide information/responses to ad hoc reporting requests from donor or HQ as needed
    • Compile reports as requested to support contractually obligated and ad hoc donor reporting
    • Participate in UCPW ReLAB team meetings


Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):
  • Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Science and Technology, or other related rehab degree with relevant clinical experience
  • At least 5 years’ experience in physiotherapy, occupational therapy services, and/or working with assistive technology within an international development context
  • Previous experience within a technical advisory role or senior technical position, preferably with a USAID-funded project
  • Demonstrated training and capacity building experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge about assistive products included on WHO’s APL
  • Experience using WHO GATE tools (ATA-C and RATA), WHO’s Training in Assistive Products program, and the Wheelchair Services Training Package
  • Strong public speaking skills, ability to effectively synthesize and accurately convey information
  • Ability to work independently within expressed parameters; completing tasks with adherence to strict deadlines is essential
  • Willingness to travel internationally several times each year
  • Excellent written communication skills in English required
  • Well-developed interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required


How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume in English to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 15, 2020. Please include “Application for AT Systems Strengthening Global Advisor: YOUR NAME” in the subject line.


UCP Wheels is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. UCP Wheels encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.


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