Director, International Disaster Response Unit

Job Description

Samaritan’s Purse is looking for a leader to serve as our Director, International Disaster Response Unit (IDRU). Samaritan’s Purse has the privilege of being a leading global disaster response organization. We achieve high quality service to victims of war, poverty, natural disaster, disease and famine. What separates us from other organizations is that we also proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe the Lord opens the door for the gospel in desperate situations, and we are able to reach the physical and spiritual needs of the people we serve.

The Director, International Disaster Response Unit will ensure that our ministry goals are achieved in emergency responses, while furthering global representation. Committed to excellence in humanitarian response, the Director will raise our global capabilities for early warning and emergency preparedness and maintain a forward leaning organizational infrastructure for ongoing immediate engagement in disaster response. The position’s primary focus is on development, readiness, maintenance, deployment, and improvement of Samaritan’s Purse’s (SP’s) disaster response capacity, in conjunction with leadership and management. Position requires frequent travel, flexibility and readiness.

Description of Job duties:

  • Oversee the system that delivers high quality and quick humanitarian responses globally.
  • Manage a team of trained humanitarian specialists, maintaining a state of organizational readiness, including the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) roster, inventory and all DART supplies.
  • Support regional or small in-country humanitarian responses.
  • Support SP field offices in building capacity of staff, coordinating with local, national and regional actors and line management for disaster preparedness and response in order to ensure enhanced capacity.
  • Ensure capacity-building systems, working with the SP Projects training team, in place for IHQ staff development for Incident Management Team (IMT) engagement.
  • Contribute to the vision and strategic direction of SP’s humanitarian work (including humanitarian preparedness and response) globally ensuring SP’s disaster response capacity is effective, efficient, timely and organized.
  • Seek ways to positively grow the Christian witness of SP and international reputation for respected emergency response.
  • Represent SP with excellence at the highest level and coordinate humanitarian representation on the international stage.
  • Maintain and cultivate standards, ensuring there is SP representation and participation in key global standard setting platforms and institutions.
  • Ensure lesson learning through After Action Reviews for improved response, preparation and readiness.
  • Work with HR to ensure processes in place to acquire humanitarian staff and DART roster candidates.
  • Oversee the ongoing growth and maintenance of the DART roster through strategic engagement.
  • Review and provide technical feedback regarding field office disaster plans and how those plans strengthen the overall SP strategy of launching DARTs from IHQ.
  • Follow policies and procedures of Samaritan’s Purse as set forth in the Policy Manual.
  • Maintain a strong Christian witness to colleagues, vendors, charitable beneficiaries and the general public.
  • Attend daily morning devotions and participate in prayer support for the ministry, its donors and volunteers.
  • Assess, manage and report critical physical, emotional or spiritual concerns of supervised staff.

Job requirements:

  • Maintains a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ.
  • Master’s Degree in public administration, international relations, non-profit management, disaster management, international development, business, or relevant field preferred; or 7-10- years of related humanitarian experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • One year of college-level Biblical studies is preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in international disaster response.
  • Field level management experience in humanitarian aid, including experience in leading large cross cultural teams.
  • Coordinate with other NGOs, government and community leaders in the field of humanitarian disaster response; represent Samaritan’s Purse at meetings, conferences, field visits, etc. 
  • Evaluate and implement best practices and processes in humanitarian response to achieve rapid, consistent and high quality outcomes.
  • Understand the workings of major donors and their perspectives, requirements and standards.
  • Possess strong organizational, communication and networking skills.
  • Enjoy and prioritize growing the team both spiritually and technically.


Must be able to travel >30% of the time.

Domestic Employee Benefits

Employees who choose to work domestically get to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Medical, prescription, dental & vision insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Long term and short term disability insurance
  • Term Life insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Ten paid holidays
  • Ten or more days of vacation depending on years of service
  • Ten sick/personal days

Samaritan’s Purse Distinct Objectives:

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

Samaritan's Purse 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.

Samaritan's Purse Statement of Faith:

* We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.  (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17)

* We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.   (Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Ephesians 4:4-6)

* We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.   (Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4 and 1:29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 and 4:15)

* We believe that all men everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:46-47; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Ephesians 1:7 and 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7)

* We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life.   (John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8 and 4:31; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:6-10)

* We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment.  (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 20:11-15)

* We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the church.  (1 Corinthians 12:12, 27; Ephesians 1:22-23)

* We believe that the ministry of evangelism and discipleship is a responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ.   (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15)

* We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other.  God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society.  For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.   (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9)

* We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism.   (Matthew 9:35-38; 22:37-39, and 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15)

* We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; and that we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellowmen.   (Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10)

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