GETTING MINES OUT OF THE GROUND, FOR GOOD.

Construction Manager

Overview:

The unsafe storage of ammunition and weapons can lead to unplanned explosions at munition sites (UEMS) as well as the proliferation of small arms and light weapon. The number of UEMs has increased substantially across the world over the past 20 years while the proliferation of small arms and light weapons across Africa and the Middle East presents a growing problem to regional security.

The HALO Trust has engaged in Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) projects across the world (Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Georgia, Mozambique and Somaliland). In addition to the destruction of weapons and ammunition, a number of these projects involve the rehabilitation and construction of armouries and ammunition stores across the world. HALO aims to ensure that weapons and ammunition are securely and safely stored and accounted for in line with international standards to help protect civilian populations from the threat of armed violence and UEMS.

In order to support this work, HALO requires Construction Managers to be based in the field in order to produce engineering assessments of structures and provide recommendations for rehabilitation – in line with international weapons and ammunition storage standards (IATG). Further work includes the project management of construction/rehabilitation works.

 Requirements for the role:

-  Construction qualifications – minimum of a Bachelor degree in a construction related subject (i.e. Civil Engineering, Building Surveying).

-  Project Management – minimum of 2 years, experience in management of construction/engineering related projects. Ideally, management of multiple projects, running concurrently.

-  Experience travelling/working in different countries – as these roles are based overseas, the candidate will need to provide evidence of capability to adapt to working in varied and challenging environments.

-  The candidate will need to be confident, proactive and highly capable of working independently.

 

Desirables (not essential):

-  Experience working in a construction related role in Africa.

-  Candidates fluent in spoken and written French are more likely to be considered for the role. 

-  Experience in leadership roles, ideally managing the work of others.

-  Experience in construction and rehabilitation of buildings for security forces.

 

Please send your CV (preferably one-page) with covering letter to recruitment@halotrust.org, marking it Construction Manager.

(Due to the high number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will receive a response)

International Applicants to The HALO Trust

 

HALO employees can take pride that they are representing the world’s leading organisation in humanitarian mine action. We have been clearing landmines and saving lives the world over for more than 25 years and have a highly respected name in a challenging and vitally important sector.

With a global employee base of over 7,500 people, we employ around 50 international staff in programmes from Cambodia to Colombia. HALO’s staffing structure is designed to train and retain local capacity, using a small number of international staff in support. This provides valuable working opportunities for individuals in impoverished communities and ensures that our funding flows directly to those in need. 

Working for HALO

From our Headquarters in Scotland, we support operations in seventeen countries and territories on four continents. The majority of HALO applicants, both female and male, will start with us in an operational capacity, learning first-hand about HALO’s work in a hands-on training course. We also employ people with specialist skills such as financial management and specialist vehicle maintenance to support our programmes overseas.

We are focused on gender diversity across all aspects of our employee base and encourage female applicants to apply. We recruit from many sources but look for resourcefulness in all of our candidates.

HALO employees will travel to different operational environments and will become directly involved in special projects designed to assist local communities. Working for HALO can lead to significant personal and professional development, with some candidates being selected for country management positions within two to three years. Some individuals reach our highest level of management as Desk Officers and provide oversight to multiple programmes from the Scotland HQ.  

HALO’s People

We encourage applications from candidates who are prepared to work in remote and challenging environments. As we are able to offer a full training package, we do not require previous knowledge of ordnance disposal, but we do welcome natural leaders who are resilient and self-motivated. Applicants can come from any background, but will usually have completed their education and been employed elsewhere for at least three years.

We expect our employees to adapt positively to extended tours in harsh living conditions or solitary locations. Part of our responsibility is to work within and alongside a community, so the ability to quickly learn the local language is crucial.

Above all, HALO employees must commit to and be guided by humanitarian ethics in general and HALO’s Guiding Principles in particular.

Salary and Benefits Scheme

In recognition of the commitment shown by our staff, HALO has a transparent and generous rewards system for dedicated service;

•  Clearly banded salaries ranging from £21,600 to £78,000 when serving overseas. Remuneration is dependent on seniority and experience up to the level of Programme Manager. 

•  Local Overseas Allowance: In addition to a comprehensive accommodation package, HALO offers a monthly cash allowance to all international staff.

•  Fully Comprehensive Insurance Scheme: This includes wide-ranging medical cover, including evacuation and repatriation where necessary, and a generous Life Assurance policy.

•  Generous Leave Allowances: Seven weeks’ leave a year. HALO also has a comprehensive set of policies for parental and compassionate leave requirements.

•  Flights Home: HALO will provide three return flights home per year and will cover the cost of any requisite travel documents.

•  Accompanied Posts: In certain cases, HALO will support postings for employees with partners and/or dependants.

•  Sabbaticals: Long standing employees will qualify for sabbaticals upon agreement with senior management.

•  Army Reserve: HALO will support staff enrolled in Army reserves schemes with additional unpaid leave where necessary. 

Training and Career Development

On joining HALO, field employees will attend an intensive training course overseas. This course is split into two three-month phases, the first of which covers field skills like mineclearance, ordnance disposal, survey and first aid. The second phase enables the trainee to employ these new skills in management positions in remote locations. Both phases will be used to develop administrative skills like budget management and proposal writing. In time, trainees will host major donor visits and will be required to liaise with governments and the diplomatic community in extremely sensitive political environments.

To support this ethos of continual training and development, HALO operates an annual appraisal system, which allows recognition of personal successes and which provides an avenue for clear career direction. Moreover, we support employees who wish to dedicate time to further professional development outside of HALO responsibilities.  

If you consider yourself to be up to this unique challenge and are prepared to make a two year commitment including the initial six month training package, send a one page CV with covering letter to:

recruitment@halotrust.org

(Due to the high number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will receive a response)

Ammunition Technician

Ammunition Technician – Ammunition Physical Security & Stockpile Management (PSSM) Officer

Background Information - Job-specific

The Ammunition Physical Security and Stockpile Management Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Weapons & Ammunition Disposal/PSSM Desk Officer. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for the delivery and development of PSSM standards. The position will be mainly, but not necessarily, based at one of HALO’s West Africa programmes and might involve extensive travel between HALO countries.

The incumbent will be primarily responsible for managing HALO’s activities in the field of Stockpile Management to ensure that the respective programmes are on target to deliver on their contractual obligations, specifically:

•evaluating and quantifying stocks of weapons ammunition, and identifying weapons and ammunition for disposal; 

•providing technical assistance on ammunition hazard divisions and categories to ensure correct segregation of ammunition;

•mitigating the overfilling of ammunition stores; 

•planning and conducting training on the safe and secure storage of ammunition as  required;

•supervising the safe transportation and storage of ammunition;

•ensuring that standards are maintained;

•helping undertake assessments of new countries with a view to establishing additional programmes;

•reviewing explosive storage arrangements on programmes and advising on measures to bring conditions into line with International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) guidelines.

 Additional duties will include:

•discussing the programme training needs with the Programme Manager;

•familiarisation with in-country EOD and demining operating procedures, particularly any restrictions which are unique to the programme;

•conducting or managing EOD tasks when necessary.

•establishing levels of staffing and the minimum qualification required for each level of field supervision;

•monitoring the quantity and state of explosive resources in-country and making recommendations to the Programme Manager for additional purchases; 

•reviewing existing explosive/ammunition storage and accounting procedures and assisting in their monitoring and improvement;

•when not participating in PSSM activities, assisting the Programme Manager with the normal duties of a HALO Field Officer. 

 Competencies:

•Technical knowledge

– comprehensive understanding of the principles behind storing and processing ammunition in base depots or field storage sites at home or on operations.

•Communication Skill

 – strong spoken and written communication skills; 

•Creativity and Innovation 

– strong analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to handle a range of management and coordination issues;

•Training 

– ability to train and work through interpreters;

•Ability to Learn 

– willingness to keep abreast of new developments;

•IT 

– good IT skills are essential.

 Education:

•Trained Ammunition Technician with minimum of 3 years’experience.

•IMAS Level 3 or 4 Explosive Ordnance Disposal competence.

 Experience:

•experience of working in hazardous areas;

•military background;

•fluency in spoken and written French is required;

•working knowledge of English language. 

 Please forward a one-page CV with covering letter to recruitment@halotrust.org marked PSSM Officer.

(Due to the high number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will receive a response)