Thank you for your interest in joining the Finance Team at The HALO Trust. I hope the information provided will give you an understanding of the roles and the work we achieve at HALO.
Our mission is to lead the effort to protect lives and restore livelihoods for those affected by conflict. We lead the effort by being the world’s largest NGO dealing with the debris of war, currently employing over 8,500 staff.
HALO has experienced exponential growth over the last three years, with forecast income for the year 2020/21 at over £100m. Such growth across 25 international territories creates real challenge for the finance team here at HALO.
We are developing our financial capacity to ensure that we can manage such growth and you will have the opportunity to help shape our financial systems and processes to create an agile finance function that produces information quickly and accurately, supporting the organisation in making timely business decisions.
You will join a team of people with a shared commitment to making a difference in some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. Working for HALO is highly rewarding, it is also hard work and depending on the role you are interested in, may involve working overseas in remote locations with basic living conditions, providing a life experience that is unrivalled.
I hope you will pursue this opportunity to use all your skills, knowledge and experience to support the future development of The HALO Trust.
The Finance Director, supported by a Financial Controller manages the Finance function for HALO. Beneath the Financial Controller sit a team who focus entirely on HALO’s international programmes and a team with a remit to deliver the ‘corporate’ finance activities, including statutory accounting, payments, payroll and income.
In HALO programmes, our International Finance Managers are accountable to the Country Programme Manager, or Head of Region, but also form part of the global finance team, which works collaboratively to design and implement HALO’s financial systems and processes.
A Day in the life of an International Finance Manger
"I am Scott, International Finance Manager for Middle East, North Africa, and Afghanistan. I have worked with HALO for 5 years mostly in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan and Colombia."
"Over the years I have made supporting visits to most of HALO programmes in Africa, South-east Asia, and the Caucuses. HALO offers rewarding and meaningful work. The hospitality of the programme staff is remarkable. Over the years, my second home has been Afghanistan having visited many times totalling about 2 years.
Locally employed staff take great pride in their work. I am proud to support their work; whether it is our programme in Afghanistan of over 3,000 staff or a smaller programme such as the West Bank where we are clearing one minefield at a time across Palestine. My favourite time during each
month is recovery day; this happens in programmes that deploy to remote minefields. It is rewarding seeing the staff return after having worked for three and a half weeks and knowing they will have time with their families. My most rewarding moment was visiting the Baptism Site task in Palestine during the final stages of clearance. It was amazing to see these sites open which were inaccessible since the six day war in 1967.
As for as a typical day in HALO, I’m not sure which one was typical! Life in HALO is full of problem solving. Issues are constantly popping up (bad weather, security concerns, changing donor priorities, global pandemic, etc) and we go through great efforts to resolve these and minimize the impact on our deminers who are working to clear their country of landmines and Explosive Remnants of War. In my role, I strive to I have a good understanding of the operations in-country to ensure they are supported financially, logistically, and where possible develop and strengthen our systems and so I regularly visit the locations where operations are delivered so that I can fully understand the challenges faced."