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Boat Clinic Program Coordinator - Bolivia

at Samaritan's Purse

Posted: 8/28/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 10568

Job Description

* BOL-Bolivia-Trinidad

Do you have a passion for using medical aid to take the Gospel to the hard to reach places?  Samaritan’s Purse is seeking a Boat Clinic Program Coordinator to work primarily on board the ‘Ruth Bell,’ the Samaritan’s Purse boat clinic.  The Ruth Bell navigates rivers in the Department of Beni in the Bolivian Amazon. The Boat Clinic Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the successful voyages to remote communities, managing a team of national staff, working with international and national volunteer medical/dental teams, and sharing the Gospel with people who need Jesus!

*This is a spouse only accompanied position, located in Trinidad, Bolivia


  • Ensure the proper preparation for monthly trips, including menu planning, food and supply purchases, and making sure all other logistical needs are met (including any boat repairs or maintenance)
  • Liaise effectively with key authorities such as local Naval Command (for permits and trip registrations), Controlled Substances (for fuel approvals), and local health officials (for local volunteer opportunities)
  • Prepare monthly funds request and provide analysis of year-to-date budget performance
  • Manage and support the boat captain, medical doctor and crew; being a servant-leader in sharing responsibility for activities during river voyages (cooking, cleaning, night watch duty, etc.)
  • Coordinate short-term international and national volunteer medical/dental teams coming to serve on board the Ruth Bell medical boat, including orientation, schedules, budgets, and logistics
  • Develop and manage relationships with World Medical Mission (WMM) post-resident physicians visiting the boat to support the project; serve as a translator when needed
  • Implement evangelism outreaches in remote river communities visited by the Ruth Bell boat; encourage existing believers in their faith to reach their own communities
  • Source and/or create discipleship and evangelism materials appropriate for use in the river communities
  • Gather testimonies to share with SP communications team, as well as lessons learned and best practices to incorporate in future plans and proposals. Draft monthly, semi-annual and year-end reports


  • Spiritual maturity and the ability to use and apply God's Word in leading self and others
  • University degree in a relevant field such as international development, cross-cultural missions, public health, nursing, or business
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish required
  • Strong program management experience and expertise in logistics
  • Previous cross-cultural experience in Latin America required
  • Strong initiative and self-motivation, with a commitment to teamwork and servant leadership
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • Passionate about the advancement of the Gospel, with an understanding of cultural barriers in remote locations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; proficiency in Word and Excel
  • 12 credits of college-level Biblical Studies required


  • The position requires extensive overnight travel (over 50%) by boat. The boat typically goes out on one voyage per month. These voyages last between 10-20 days. During these voyages, the boat crew members live in small cabins on the Ruth Bell medical boat with shared bathrooms.


  • The position is based out of the Samaritan’s Purse sub-office in Trinidad, Bolivia. Trinidad is a small city with some modern conveniences, but is fairly isolated. The city of Santa Cruz is the closest major city and is a ten hour bus ride away. There are not many expatriates living in Trinidad. There are currently no other IFS positions based out of the Trinidad office. For this reason, the location requires IFS who are comfortable serving in a fully cross-cultural environment.


  • Medical, prescription, dental & vision coverage
  • Disability insurance
  • Term Life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan (after 1 year)
  • 10 paid holidays (based on host country holiday calendar)
  • 12 vacation days per year
  • Annual home leave

*Please submit a cover letter and resume that speak to your experience and qualifications for this position.

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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