Programme Officer based in Somaliland, Horn of Africa
HALO , Somalia
The HALO Trust’s mission is: ‘To lead the effort to save lives and restore livelihoods for those affected by conflict”. HALO is known for its work to clear landmines but is increasingly involved in the disposal of other explosive ordnance and weapon control. When you join HALO you will become part of a team with a shared commitment to making a difference in some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. Established in Afghanistan in 1988, HALO now employs over 8,500 staff in 25 countries and territories, including Somaliland where we have been clearing landmines and explosive ordnance since 1999.
HALO Programme Officers (POs) are integral in all phases of projects from planning and securing funding, to team and partner coordination, to data gathering, analysis, reporting, and feeding back achievements and lessons learned. The primary roles of the PO are to manage donor contracts, to mentor and manage community outreach teams who conduct mine risk education and socio-economic surveys, and to coordinate the monitoring and evaluation efforts for all programme activities.
Key responsibilities include but may vary dependent upon HALO Programme and country:
- Researching and writing donor funding proposals.
- Management of donor funding grants and partner sub-grant agreements, ensuring compliance against performance and reporting requirements.
- Project-related monitoring and evaluation reporting, in line with donor and HALO requirements.
- Production of reports, including periodic updates to donors, HALO HQ and stakeholders.
- Beneficiary case studies, documenting the positive impact of HALO’s work.
- Media, communications and fundraising activities, with guidance from HALO's HQ.
- Support to programme-level planning, management and improvement, and policy compliance.
- Engagement with local Humanitarian Actors and partners relevant to HALO’s operations in the Programme.
- Training and managing Community Outreach, Research and Engagement (CORE) teams and coordinating activities with the Operations teams.
Working for HALO is hugely rewarding. It is also challenging, hard work and involves working and living in remote locations with sometimes very basic living conditions. For further information please see our website at You will work and live with other international staff and work with staff from various cultures and backgrounds, so you will need strong interpersonal skills.
- Excellent written and spoken English
- Degree in a social-science subject beneficial
- An understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, able to produce content appropriate for the audience
- Strong numeracy skills
- Strong IT skills, proficient in use of Microsoft Excel and Word (essential) and Access (desirable)
- Good cultural awareness, able to adapt to working in different cultures
- Excellent conduct record, verified by former employers
- A self-starter, able to organise and manage their own time
- Ability to speak a second language would be advantageous e.g. Somali, Arabic, but is not essential