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Bizweni Centre for Children with Disabilities: Occupational Therapist


Bizweni Centre for Children with Disabilities is an NPO special care centre in Somerset West for children with severe to profound physical and intellectual impairments.

Core Criteria

  • Appropriately qualified: B or BSc in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with the HPCSA
  • Minimum 1-2 years’ experience as an OT (comserve included)
  • Fluent in English. Afrikaans and isiXhosa are an added advantage Excellent computer literacy skills
  • Able to be flexible and be an all-rounder

Secondary Criteria

  • Interest in early childhood development and children with severe disabilities
  • Trained in wheelchair seating
  • Leadership experience
  •  Experience/knowledge of treatment applicable to cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability
  •  Experience in creating therapy and stimulation programmes
  • Experience in providing training and mentorship to caregivers and colleagues
  • Experience in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Valid driver’s license and own transport

The successful therapist would need to independently:

  • Fulfil duties of class coordinator for a class of ±20 beneficiaries aged 2-10 years old
  • Develop a developmental stimulation programme for the class
  • Assess and report on beneficiaries’ functional abilities and therapy needs
  • Develop individual goals and therapy plans
  • Supervise, mentor and train class and Therapy Support staff – the candidate should have a strong mentoring ability
  • Adapt complex wheelchairs according to users’ needs
  • Write reports for and make referrals to appropriate stakeholders
  • Implement required government programming
  • Attend relevant training courses, workshops and meetings
  • Conduct staff development, in-service and caregiver training workshops
  • Practice excellent case management skills Assist with extra Centre-related duties

To apply, please submit the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject OT Vacancy:

  • Updated CV and HPCSA registration
  • Cover letter stating how you meet the primary and secondary criteria

Applications close: 18 July 2022

Applicants are respectfully informed that if no notification of interview is received within 2 weeks after the closing date, they must accept that their application was unsuccessful. Applicants are encouraged to view our website to familiarise themselves with our Centre.

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