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Samaritan's Purse

Area Coordinator, Akuem, South Sudan (1637)

Samaritan's Purse
Akuem, Northern Bahr el Ghazel, Sudan

Date Posted: 05/08/2013
Categories: Management - Missions/Int.
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Akuem, South Sudan - The Area Coordinator, Akuem is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, and oversight of programs in Upper Nile State.  The Area Coordinator must ensure that all program designs and outputs align with Samaritan’s Purse’s (SP) strategy, donor standards, and local laws. Other essential duties include the management of: Operations, Security, Human Resources, Financial Reporting, and community relations for programs in Upper Nile.


• Manages and oversees all program and support related personnel in the geographic area assigned in close communication with the Deputy Country Director and Country Director. • Oversee all aspects of ongoing programs: work directly with the program managers to address programmatic challenges, adjust implementation strategies as necessary for successful program outputs, and ensure each program is contributing a significant impact through monitoring and evaluation. • Produce timely and accurate program reports: weekly and monthly program reports submitted to the Country Director, and review Quarterly and Final reports for external donors. • Develop new program concepts to address the needs in Akuem: coordinate assessments and gather information, prioritize high need areas and sectors, assist with new program proposals and budget writing. • Ensure program operations are functional: prioritize needs for resource sharing with SP assets, ensure accountable and efficient systems are in place, and approve international purchase requests, audit procurement systems, pricing, and inventory on a monthly basis. • Serve as the security focal point for Akuem: update evacuation and contingency plans frequently, conduct regular security meetings with national and international staff, gather relevant information, assess risk, and in coordination with the senior management team, determine areas of safe operation. • Manage Human Resources: work directly with the South Sudan HR manager, ensure staff morale is high, track and approve expatriate leave time, conduct performance evaluations for staff that are directly managed, resolve staff disputes and disagreements, conduct interviews for vacant management positions, and enforce disciplinary measures as necessary. • Monitor financial risk, reporting, and program budgets: work with the Finance Manager to produce funds requests and spending forecasts, approve funding requests and payments, review program activity reports to ensure proper expense allocation, and conduct surprise cash counts. • Facilitate good community in the Upper Nile community by establishing and maintaining positive relationships with church leaders, Government officials, the UN, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): attend relevant meetings, and coordinate with Government, NGO’s and UN agencies to avoid overlap and identify programming gaps. • Attend daily morning devotions and participate in prayer support for the ministry, its donors and volunteers. • Maintain a strong Christian witness to colleagues, vendors, charitable beneficiaries, and the general public. • Assess, manage and report critical physical, emotional, or spiritual concerns of supervised staff.


• Maintains a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ. • Bachelor’s degree required. • One year of college level Biblical studies strongly preferred. • 3 to 4 years of related work experience overseas, particularly in Africa or Sudan. • Program management experience, particularly in varied areas of Finance, HR, Operations, Security and Programs. • Experienced in cross-cultural team leadership. • Experienced in managing multiple programs and large diverse teams. • Strong organizational skills and cross cultural communication skills. • Must be a humble team player with the ability to be flexible and adaptable. • Understanding of local culture is essential. • Willingness to travel in and out of the field and stay in the field for extended periods. • Arabic language skills a plus.

12 month contract with the potential for renewal.

This is an unaccompanied assignment.

Mission Statement: Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Distinct Objectives: The work of Samaritan’s Purse is marked by five distinct objectives, grounded in Scripture and biblical principles: PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL - EXALT Christ and share the Gospel while working in His Name around the world SERVE WITH EXCELLENCE - EXCEED the world’s standard while serving the purposes of God’s kingdom RESPOND WITH COMPASSIONATE ACTION - EXPEDITE our response to needs as the Lord reveals opportunities to minister DEMONSTRATE BIBLICAL INTEGRITY - EXHIBIT character and integrity personally, at home and work WALK IN BOLD FAITH - EXPECT God to do the impossible-- “God Room”


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