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Samaritan's Purse

Field Information Officer, South Sudan (971)

Samaritan's Purse
Juba, Central Equatoria, Sudan

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

Job Description:
Juba, South Sudan - The Field Information Officer (FIO) has primary responsibility to ensure accurate, timely, and thorough program and operational reports are written and submitted to International Headquarters (IHQ) on behalf of the Country Director (CD). Secondarily, the FIO will build capacity within the country office to achieve this function.


• Support Program Managers in collecting information on a regular basis and assembling data-oriented reports for submission to the CD. These will reflect the full spectrum of Samaritan’s Purse (SP) programming and communicate detailed information on the projects’ implementation and impact on beneficiaries
• Submit written notes, as needed, of operational issues such as key meetings with stakeholders, UN actors, host government, and beneficiary representatives. Keep the CD abreast of actual field developments with a focus on KEY issues of relevance
• Assist country office staff in building capacity to generate and submit monthly reports with accurate program overviews and detailed analyses of activities
• Work with country office staff in building capacity to maintain updated office website space with useful program and human interest information
• Create and maintain a library of digital images for the country and for distribution to IHQ on a consistent schedule
• Build capacity with country level staff to support IHQ and Affiliate Office social media with content including data, comments, images, stories, and videos
• When requested by the CD or Regional Director (RD), direct field information to IHQ Communications and Donor Ministries and Affiliate Offices for use in communicating to donors.
• Support and provide guidance to IHQ Broadcast teams during their site visits
• Encourage, train, and provide guidance to the field staff. This includes conducting staff workshops on identification and collection of relevant information, basic writing and photography, gathering impact stories, and note-taking in meetings
• Serve as on-call Disaster Assistance Team Member (DART) Information Officer for emergency responses within the country
• Provide editing support to the Program Development Officer and the Regional Program Development Officer on program funding proposals
• Assist Program Managers in editing routine reports for grant and internal purposes
• Maintain strong Christian witness
• Perform other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in Journalism, Communications, or a related field; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills
• Detail oriented
• Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adaptable
• Must be culturally sensitive and respectful of church and community leaders from all denominations
• Experience living and working in a developing nation
• Established strong leadership skills
• Strong initiative and self-motivation, with a commitment to teamwork
• Proficiency in common computer packages (e.g., Word, Excel) relevant to the work
• A servant heart with a strong commitment to Christ, and desire to share Him with others
• Arabic language skills, preferred but not required

12 month contract with the potential for renewal