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Samaritan's Purse

Deputy Country Director, Kenya (985)

Samaritan's Purse
Nairobi, ., Kenya

Date Posted: 11/10/2011
Categories: Management - Missions/Int.
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Nairobi, Kenya - The Deputy Country Director (DCD) is responsible to assist the Country Director (CD) in activities that promote the success of field programs and staff development. Management responsibilities include government and donor relations, program design and implementation, grants, budgets, daily field operations, and field staff support.


• Work with the CD to create and articulate a clear vision and strategy for Samaritan’s Purse (SP) in the field
• Perform field assessments, identify needs, and design appropriate response programs in coordination with the CD and area Program Managers (PM)
• Make periodic visits to SP field sites to provide field staff support, address programmatic challenges, and explore potential program possibilities
• Assist in writing proposals, creating budgets, and planning new activities
• Lead and coordinate field support team including Human Resource and Administration Manager and Operations Manager in conjunction with the CD
• Coordinate Finance and Program Managers in conjunction with the CD
• Maintain organizational and operational policies and procedures of SP
• Prepare and submit monthly narrative and programmatic field reports to the CD
• Monitor financial accountability, and ensure systems are in place to monitor accountability
• Provide professional representation for SP with government officials, dignitaries, other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and visitors as requested
• Ensure SP compliance with legal and cultural requirements
• Monitor potential and present emergencies and keep SP informed of events, including crisis response
• Liaise with donors and potential partners in identifying and pursuing potential program and funding opportunities
• Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the field support team
• Responsible for orienting new staff; planning, assigning, and directing work of key managers; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems
• Be a spiritual leader within the SP team
• All other duties deemed necessary by the Regional Director or Country Director


• Bachelor’s degree and two years related experience
• Previous experience working overseas, particularly in Africa
• Extensive field humanitarian experience in a management role
• Experience in leading a large team, particularly experience in cross-cultural team leadership
• Possess strong organizational and communication skills
• Possess strong networking skills
• Knowledge of project planning and implementation
• Understanding and experience in logistics
• Experience of financial and administrative coordination
• Ability to be flexible and adaptable
• Ability to operate for extended periods in austere conditions
• Willingness to travel frequently
• Willingness to stay in the field for extended periods
• Ability to coordinate activities with local involvement and establish working relationships with other NGOs
• Knowledge of computer systems and its applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook
• Good team-worker and able to live and work closely with a team
• Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle in rough road and extremely muddy conditions

24 month contract with the potential for renewal