Country Director – various global locations

Country Director – various global locations

Country Director – various global locations

Country Director – various global locations

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The HALO Trust
January 3, 2023
Various global locations
Position type
Experience (minimum)
Not specified
Education (minimum)
Not specified
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
$70,000 - 80,000


Country Director (Programme Manager) – Various global locations

Permanent, Full Time

Location – Various global locations across the HALO Trust operations

Salary – up to £79,204 depending upon experience plus overseas allowances. International contract terms


About HALO:

The HALO Trust is the world’s largest and oldest international humanitarian mine action non-government organisation (NGO).

For over thirty years, we have been saving lives and helping war-torn communities recover, by making their land safe. Our mission is to protect lives and restore the livelihoods of those affected by conflict.

HALO is known for its work to clear landmines, but we also lead on dealing with unexploded ordnance, from bullets to aircraft bombs, and we educate communities to keep them safe. We also build safe arms stores and systems for securing guns. HALO was established in Afghanistan in 1988 and now employs over 9,500 staff in 28 countries and territories.

We are extremely proud of the work we do and the people in our team. For us all, it is more than just a job. It is a shared purpose.


About the Role:

Due to growth and internal promotions, we are very excited to be recruiting our next Country Directors (we call them Programme Managers here at HALO).

The Country Director or Programme Manager is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the programme, including the design, review, and implementation of the programme’s strategy in accordance with HALO’s organisational objectives and charitable purpose. This includes establishing long-term strategic goals for the programme and developing the capacity and strength of the existing team. The successful candidate to this role will be a strategic thinker who can demonstrate successfully building capacity to achieve strategic objectives.

You will be responsible for the accountable execution of donor projects, working directly with relevant stakeholders in-country and liaising with others remotely. You will also be responsible for the creation of project implementation plans, monitoring and adjustment to ensure successful delivery to donors. The successful candidate for this role must be able to monitor from a higher level as well as work in the details when needed. The successful candidate will need to have exceptional liaison, organisational and financial acumen.

The Country Director or Programme Manager is responsible for ensuring compliance across all departments in the programme in accordance with internal and national regulations and legislation. They will report to the respective Head of Region and coordinate with HALO’s HQ.

The successful candidate will need to be an inspiring leader, capable of managing the large and diverse workforce with a focus on empowerment, communication, and professional development. The Country Director will be needed to work on improving HR and Safeguarding processes and procedures with a desire to lead on implementing impactful systematic change. This role requires a candidate with strong coordination capabilities, and a commitment to lead by example to maintain high professional standards.


We are currently recruiting for several Country Director / Programme Manager positions across our operation incorporating programmes in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Pacific Rim. The Country Director’s time will be split between in country HQ offices with occasional travel to the regional operations in country. The working pattern is 40 hours per week, full time.

HALO requires its applicants to work in line with our values, which are:

  • Courage
  • Discipline
  • Integrity
  • Respect for Others
  • Loyalty
  • Selfless Commitment


Who we’re looking for:

This is a strategic leadership role, and we’re looking for individuals with strong programme management

skills, with experience of managing large scale projects.


You will be an experienced senior leader of people who knows how to get the best out of their diverse

team operating in complex political and often austere environments. Previous experience in the mine

action sector is desirable; however, we know that talent comes from different sector backgrounds be that

ex-Armed Forces, the humanitarian sector or those who have invested in their leadership capability

through an MBA.


Above all you will be a seasoned leader who will thrive in our sector, who fully buys-in to our purpose and

who will make a real difference to the people they lead, and the beneficiaries that we serve.


Key Skills and Competencies Required


  • Significant senior leader experience
  • Experience in managing compliance across project management, financial, labour law and other departmental functions
  • Experience in strategy building and implementation
  • Proven experience establishing and building new stakeholder relationships
  • Financial management, including budget building and use of Adaptive Insights
  • Proven experience leading and managing teams, building capacity and an inclusive workplace
  • Experience in project design, proposal writing and review
  • Experience monitoring project performance against indicators
  • Experience assessing and managing risk
  • Experience in incident and/or crisis management
  • Results based management experience
  • Confident in representing HALO at events
  • Project management experience
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to foster a cooperative work environment
  • Fluent English



  • Experience of working overseas in complex political environments
  • Good donor relationship management, including reporting and other communications
  • Experience working with a variety of donor types, such as government, private, corporate and foundations
  • Experience in Safeguarding management
  • Experience in mine action
  • Experience in international development
  • Experience working on projects relating to gender and women’s empowerment


Benefits of working at HALO:

Salary of up to £79,204 – depending upon experience

Local overseas allowance of $350 per month

Shared or private accommodation in HALO accommodation provided at nil cost. Accompanied posting will also be considered.

7 weeks annual leave / vacation days per year

Three economy return flights to the member’s official home address (or an alternative location up to an equivalent cost)

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


The HALO Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

The HALO Trust is committed to a culture that is both diverse and inclusive and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.


If you wish to apply, please submit your CV (no more than 2 pages) and a covering letter (no more than one page). Closing date for applications will be 31st January 2023.


We will be reviewing and processing applications as we receive them and reserve the right to close the

advert before the advertised closing date. Therefore, we encourage you to apply as soon as you can.

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