Deputy Country Director

Samaritan’s Purse
  • Location
    Cucuta, Colombia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 27

Position description

Samaritan’s Purse is seeking a bilingual (Spanish/English) leader to serve as our Deputy Country Director (DCD) in Cucuta, Colombia. The DCD will work to support and implement the concepts and strategies created and directed from the Country Director (CD). The DCD will provide general management of all programmatic and logistical operations in Colombia. In coordination with the CD, the DCD will engage in donor and government relations. We are looking for a leader who feels called to use their gifts and talents to support the work of SP Colombia and invest in the spiritual growth of our SP Colombia staff.

A day in the life of a Deputy Country Director

In the role of Deputy Country Director, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Maintain your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and be an effective witness for Him;
  • Assist the CD to create, articulate and disseminate a clear vision and strategy for SP Colombia team;
  • Provide leadership, management and strategy for all programmatic aspects of the SP Colombia country office, including possible future donor awards and internal funding;
  • Work with the Program Development Officer, Finance Manager and Program Managers to ensure all grants, awards and internally funded programs are implemented according to SP’s, Donor’s and Colombian Government’s guidelines and regulations; promptly address any programmatic challenges;
  • Supervise and provide accountability and direction as the SP Colombia office operates programs through partners and churches;
  • Improve the systematization and standardization of grants management in accordance with the country level strategy; design, document and implement sector specific strategies, including creating best practice and evaluation guidelines;
  • Monitor humanitarian crisis in Colombia and Venezuela, performing field assessments when necessary, and advise CD of response options; provide timely and relevant reports for CD;
  • Ensure relationship with clusters and other coordination bodies are strong and the profile of SP in such forums is positive and influential;
  • Act as Officer in Charge in the absence of the CD; host VIP trips including media personnel, government officials, dignitaries and IHQ visitors as needed;
  • When needed, represent SP with journalists and media outlets;
  • Be a spiritual leader for the IFS and National Staff; assess, manage, and report critical physical, emotional, or spiritual concerns of supervised staff;
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs/Development, Politics or similar field of study; Master’s degree in a related field preferred; Minimum of 4 years professional experience required, or a combination of education and experience;
  • Minimum of 2 years prior management and leadership experience strongly preferred; prior financial management skills (preferred);
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written (in Spanish and English);
  • Experience in cross-cultural team leadership; able to communicate and interact well with people of different educational, linguistic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • Previous experience with WFP, IOM, and USAID funded programming preferred;
  • Spiritual maturity; Able to keep the focus of work on the overall goal of sharing the gospel;
  • Flexible and adaptable, able to work with a diverse team in a pressured environment;
  • Experienced in cross-cultural team leadership;
  • Extensive field humanitarian experience in a management role;
  • Fluency in English & Spanish (required);
  • 12 credit hours of college-level Biblical Studies (required).

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