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Samaritan's Purse

Area Coordinator, Unity State, South Sudan (980)

Samaritan's Purse
Bentiu, Unity State, Sudan

Date Posted: 10/21/2011
Categories: Management - Missions/Int.
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Unity State, South Sudan - The Area Coordinator, Unity State is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, and oversight of programs in Unity 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.


• Coordinate all projects in Unity State in close communication with the Deputy Country Director (DCD) and Country Director (CD)
• Work directly with the program managers to address programmatic challenges
• Adjust implementation strategies as necessary for successful program outputs
• Ensure each program is contributing a significant impact through monitoring and evaluation
• Weekly and monthly program reports submitted to the CD
• Review Quarterly and Final reports for external donors
• Develop new program concepts to address the needs in Unity State
• Coordinate assessments and gather information
• Prioritize high need areas and sectors
• Assist with new program proposals and budget writing
• Prioritize needs for resource sharing with SP assets
• 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 Unity State
• 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
• Enforce safety and security policies and procedures
• Manage Human Resources within Unity State
• Work directly with the South Sudan Human Resources 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
• 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
• Conduct surprise cash counts
• Facilitate good community relations by establishing and maintaining positive relationships with church leaders, Government officials, the UN, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO)
• Ensure that SP is accepted by the community
• Attend relevant meetings
• Coordinate with Government, NGO’s and UN agencies to avoid overlap and identify programming gaps
• With a generous and serving spirit perform all other tasks and responsibilities assigned for the benefit of Samaritan’s Purse
• Maintain a Christian witness to the communities


• 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 Africa or Sudan
• Program management experience
• Field level management experience
• Experienced in managing multiple programs and large diverse teams
• Possesses strong organizational skills
• Possesses strong cross cultural communication skills, as well as written and verbal
• Experienced in cross-cultural team leadership
• Must be a humble team player
• Ability to be flexible and adaptable
• Understanding of local culture is essential
• Willingness to travel in and out of the field
• Willingness to stay in the field for extended periods
• Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle in rough road and extremely muddy conditions
• Arabic language skills a plus

12 month contract with potential for renewal