Project Assistant

  • Added Date: Thursday, 08 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 31 August 2019

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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. These include the provision of appropriately fitted wheelchairs and empowerment programs, as well as advocacy and training initiatives. UCP Wheels leads mobility, therapy, and empowerment programs globally and acts as an advocate and capacity-building partner to local organizations, creating sustainable, community-based systems that support long-term change. For more information, visit

Position Summary

In support of the anticipated USAID-funded Strengthening Rehab Services and Health Systems project, UCPW seeks a Project Assistant to implement project activities in Tajikistan. The Tajikistan Project Assistant will help plan and implement, in conjunction with UCPW and partner organizations, activities designed to support the development of a physical therapist entry-level curriculum in Tajikistan. He/she will coordinate logistics for trainings, working groups, and stakeholder meetings, as well as in-country awareness raising activities and planned exposure visits to Ukraine. The Tajikistan Project Assistant will be responsible for contributing to tracking and reporting on progress against the project workplan, budget, and monitoring and evaluation plan for activities in Tajikistan. This position will be based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Only candidates with work authorization in Tajikistan will be considered; relocation benefits will not be provided.

About the Strengthening Rehabilitation Services in Health Systems Project

With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and support from the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), Ukrainian Association of Physical Therapy (UAPT), National Association of People with Disabilities (NAPD), and the Republican Medical College of Tajikistan (RMC), UCPW is implementing the Strengthening Rehabilitation Services in Health Systems (SRSHS) project. The project works to strengthen rehab service delivery systems in Ukraine and Tajikistan by contributing to the development of policy and regulatory frameworks that are rooted in practical, local hospital-tested experiences; supporting physical therapy professionalization; and raising awareness of the importance of rehab services for quality of life, particularly for those affected by conflict. Ultimately, the SRSHS project will strengthen the skills of rehab providers in the two countries, reach individuals and medical professionals with awareness-raising activities, and increase access to rehab services.

Expected Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Tajikistan Project Assistant will be responsible for performing the following primary tasks:

· Assist in organizing trainings, meetings, and events, to include identification of appropriate venues; payment coordination for transportation, accommodation, food, and other expenses; documentation of expenses; preparing required materials

· Collect required monitoring and evaluation data in Tajikistan and ensure data collection systems and processes are adequate to evaluate project outcomes

· Assist in ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and funding parameters in all aspects of activity implementation and proper use of UCPW and USAID resources

· Support the Project Liaison in managing partner and stakeholder relationships in Tajikistan

· Facilitate communication between local and national agencies, institutions, NGOs, and other stakeholders to further project activities

· Prepare letters, invitations, agendas, participant lists, meeting minutes and other communication materials as required; interpret as needed

· Provide other support as needed

Qualifications and Experience

· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in international development, international relations, global health, public health, health management, or related fields; advanced degree highly preferred

· Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in project management, preferably in the field of international development and/or global health, including experience in financial budgeting and reporting

· Demonstrated success in activity planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting required

· Prior work on USAID-funded project and familiarity with USAID rules and regulations highly preferred

· Understanding of national health systems for rehabilitation services and knowledge of Tajikistan health systems highly preferred

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills

· Ability to manage finances with integrity and to support others in doing so

· Ability to liaise and negotiate with external agencies, including government officials

· Good organizational and time management skills

· Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently and in a team of people with diverse backgrounds

· Proven ability to take initiative in finding solutions to complex challenges

· Fluency in Tajik and Russian required; proficiency in English required (fluency in English highly preferred)

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook required

· Willingness to travel up to 15% of the time

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