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Area Coordinator, Undisclosed Africa

Job ID: 14847
Date Posted: Jan 22, 2024

Job Description

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We are hiring an Area Coordinator to provide overall leadership, direction, and oversight of programs in an Undisclosed, Africa location. The Area Coordinator must ensure that all programmatic designs implementation plans and outputs in the area align with the Samaritan's Purses strategy, donor standards, and local laws. Other essential duties include the management of operations, safety and security, human resources, financial reporting, and community relations and representation.

A day in the life of an Area Coordinator:

At Samaritan's Purse, the Gospel really is the center of all we do!  We start each day with a time of devotions and prayer.  We hear from members of our staff, both from IHQ and our global offices, as well a special guest speakers who encourage us in Gods word.  We then join together to prayer for one another, as well as praying for staff and volunteers who serve around the globe.  We get paid to start each day this way! 


In the role of Area Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to:

  1. Directs the work of program managers in the field and helps to address programmatic challenges.
  2. Adjusts implementation strategies as needed and ensures that each program in the assigned area is contributing impact for the community. This can be measured by working in tandem with the monitoring, evaluation and learning team based in country office.
  3. Produces timely and acurrate program reports submitted to the DCD as well as quartlerly, semi-annual and final reports submitted to other internal stakeholders and external grantors.
  4. Ensures program operations are functional by assigining resources and assets to staff based on team priorities.
  5. Manages accountability/efficiency mechanisms, monitors the procurement of goods and services, and audits procurement systems, pricing and inventory systems on a monthly basis.
  6. Develops new program concepts to address needs in coordination with program managers, the finance unit, and the grants unit. This includes coordinating assessments and writing proposals/budgets in order to focus on sectors with the biggest needs.
  7. Serves as the security focal point in the area. This requires updating evacuation and contingency plans frequently, conducting regular security meetings with national/international staff, gathering information in the local area, assessing risk in coordination with senior management in country office to determine safe areas of operation, enforcing safety and security policies/procedures, and submitting incident reports to the Security Manager and DCD (e.g. vehicle accidents, thefts, armed attacks, etc.). 
  8. Manages human resources (HR) in the area by working directly with the HR Manager in country office. This includes ensuring staff morale is high by developing a staff care plan, tracking and approving staff leave, developing performance goals for direct reports, conducting performance evaluations, resolving staff disputes, conducting interviews for senior positions, and enforicing disciplinary measures as needed.
  9. Monitors financial risk, reporting, and program budgets and reviews program activity reports to ensure proper expense allocation.
  10. Works with the field accountant to produce funds requests and spending forecasts.
  11. Approves funds requests and payments and perfoms surpise cash counts as dictated by financial policy.
  12. Facilitates good community relations by establishing and maintaining positive relationships with church leaders, government officials, the United Nations, and non governmental organizations through relevant meetings and coordination events, ensuring that Samaritan's Purse is accepted in the community and is working in tandem with other stakeholders to address community needs.  


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Qualifications & Experience

Bachelors degree and 3-4 years of related experience working in program management and field-level management roles, preferably in Africa; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Twelve credit hours of college-level Biblical studies required.

  • Thorough knowledge of key management principles, such as strategic planning, effective communication, decision-making, delegation, problem-solving and motivation of staff.
  • General knowledge of project management, basic accounting principles and how to develop base and programmatic budgets.
  • Able to coordinate and communicate with staff and other agencies, building strong and positive working relationships.
  • Excellent skills in both written and spoken English.
  • Arabic languages skills are preferred but not required.

Job Location: Undisclosed, Africa

Type: Full-Time

Restrictions: Unaccompanied

Language Requirement: English fluency required

Travel Expectations: Approximately 20 days/year; maintaining required travel documents and vaccinations for entry into foreign countries will be necessary.



  • International medical, prescription, dental & vision insurance
  • Paid Family Medical Leave
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid holidays
  • 12 vacation/personal days
  • 10 sick days

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 Gods 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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Date Posted: Jan 22, 2024

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