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Samaritan's Purse

Area Coordinator, Kurdistan (1914)

Samaritan's Purse
Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, Iraq

Date Posted: 12/03/2013
Categories: Fundraising - Management - Missions/Int. - Other
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, Iraq - The Area Coordinator, Kurdistan is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, and oversight of programs in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.  The Area Coordinator must ensure that all program designs and outputs align with Samaritan’s Purse’s strategy, donor standards, and local laws. Other essential duties include the management of: Operations, Security, Human Resources, Financial Reporting, and Community Relations.

Samaritan’s Purse is working in refugee camps for Syrian refugees of Kurdish descent located near Sulaymaniyah.  Currently, our programming is focused in two sectors – Protection and Livelihood.  In the Protection sector our focus has been on establishing Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) which to date have encompassed computer training classes, playgrounds and athletic activities.  In the area of Livelihoods we have focused our efforts on women’s livelihoods and have opened a sewing center for women living in the camp.  In 2014 Samaritan’s Purse will continue to work in these sectors while investigating other opportunities to serve the refugee community located in and around Sulaymaniyah.


• Coordinate all projects in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, in close communication with the Regional Director. • Oversee all aspects of ongoing programs. • Work directly with the Program Manager to address programmatic challenges. • Adjust implementation strategies as necessary for successful program outputs. • Ensure the program is contributing a significant impact through monitoring and evaluation. • Produce timely and accurate program reports. • Review Quarterly and Final reports for external donors. • Develop new program concepts to address the needs in Kurdistan. • Assist with new program proposals and budget writing. • Ensure accountable and efficient systems are in place. • Approve international purchase requests. • Audit procurement systems, pricing, and inventory on a monthly basis. • Serve as the security focal point for the Kurdistan region of Iraq. • Update evacuation and contingency plans frequently. • Conduct regular security meetings with national and international staff. • Assess risk and, in coordination with the senior management team, determine areas of safe operation. • Enforce safety and security policies and procedures. • Manage Human Resources: 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 Field Accountant to produce funds requests and spending forecasts. • Review program activity reports to ensure proper expense allocation. • Facilitate good community relations by establishing and maintaining positive relationships with church leaders, Government officials, the UN, and Non-Governmental Organizations. • Ensure that SP is accepted by the community, 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; or 3 to 4 years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  • Previous experience working overseas, particularly in a Middle East context. • Program management experience in a developing country. • Possess strong organizational skills and cross cultural communication skills. • Experienced in managing multiple programs and diverse teams. • Ability to be flexible and adaptable. • Understanding of local culture is essential. • Knowledge of computer systems and its applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook. • Arabic language skills a plus.

6 month contract with the potential for renewal.

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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