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