The HALO Trust is hiring a

Programme Manager - Somalia

HALO seeks an experienced and dynamic Country Director / Programme Manager, to lead our Mine Action, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) / Weapons and Ammunition Disposal (WAD) and Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) programme in Somalia. HALO has been conducting demining, ammunition disposal and armoury rehabilitation activities since 2015, and employs 150 national staff on this growing programme.

The successful candidate will have experience in managing and leading the development of programmes and projects in the key activities in a challenging security environment, and a proven track record in the improvement of: remote and internal management systems, donor relations and coordination with national authorities and other implementing partners.

Overseeing all the programmes activities, you will ensure that all operational and contractual obligations are realised by developing close working relationships with your senior national and international management team (3-4 pax), and directing the safe, efficient and effective deployment of teams. In addition, your role will include overseeing finance management, fleet management, procurement and logistics, security, donor proposal generation and other responsibilities associated with managing the programme.

Your key responsibility will be to represent HALO’s Somalia programme at all levels and with all relevant parties such as embassies, government representatives, other NGOs and agencies with whom HALO interacts. Ensuring that HALO’s reputation remains strong, you will provide leadership and guidance to your programme and teams. The role will be based in Mogadishu, Somalia, with a requirement for travel across the country (security permitting) and the Horn of Africa region. Ideally we would like the successful candidate to commence in December 2019.


Reporting to the Deputy Head of Region (Africa), you will be required to:

  • Provide overall leadership for the HALO Programme in country, ensuring that operations are carried out safely and in line with standard operating procedures quality and contractual obligations
  • Maintain and improve relationships and enhance the credibility of HALO with host governments, local officials, and other relevant agencies
  • Develop and maintain donor relationships, through liaison and of donor reporting to outline progress in line with contractual requirements
  • Identify and develop new funding opportunities for the programme, prepare concept notes and proposals, and support campaigns and events to raise awareness of HALO’s work with prospective donors
  • Train and develop national and international staff to enhance skills and capabilities to support programme requirements, and career progression.
  • Design and implement capacity development projects for national authorities in conjunction with other implementing partner
  • Act as Country Coordinator for activities conducted in direct partnership on a donor contract
  • Assist the Programme Finance Manager to forecast and manage the programme’s financial budgets and expenditure
  • Coordinate programme logistics and procurement, with support from HALO Scotland based HQ Logistics Team, to ensure the timely purchasing, shipping and deployment of equipment and supplies; develop a local network of reliable local suppliers and logistic support where appropriate
  • Monitor security and risks relevant to HALO activities. Assess and implement appropriate security measures to maximise staff safety
  • Update the Deputy Head of Region and HQ as required on any programme issues or developments



  • Mine action experience
  • Significant proven experience in senior programme management positions across multiple countries.
  • Project and programme design experience including the direct development and implementation of projects and through remote management techniques
  • Demonstrable experience in leading a large work force within the humanitarian (or associated) sector and ability to work in a complex environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to build effective working relationships with national and international staff
  • English fluency
  • Microsoft Office literacy
  • Ability to multi-task, plan & prioritise tasks effectively, and work calmly under pressure
  • Effective team player, able to motivate and create a strong team spirit;
  • Ability to work and live in potentially challenging and remote environments, and adapt and integrate in different cultures


  • Relevant IMAS EOD qualifications
  • SAFE, HEAT and First Aid training desirable but not essential as training will be provided


Competitive salary.

Accommodation and food in-country.

Comprehensive insurance package: life assurance and emergency medical insurance, including evacuation and repatriation.

Three return flights per annum.

Minimum of seven weeks leave per annum, increasing with service, plus additional fifteen days for rest and recuperation.

Monthly allowance for living overseas

If you wish to be considered for this opportunity please submit a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role (no more than one page) and a CV (no more than two pages) Closing Date for applications: 25th October 2019

Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are not able to respond to every application. If you have not heard back from us within 3 weeks of applying, it means that your application has not been successful.

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