Programme Manager – Somalia

  • Contract
  • Hargesa


The HALO Trust is the world’s largest and oldest international humanitarian mine action charity. Our 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 its work extends to the disposal of other explosive hazards such as bombs, rockets, missiles, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). HALO was established in Afghanistan in 1988 and now employs over 8,500 staff in 26 countries and territories.

HALO seeks an experienced and dynamic 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 400 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 (5 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 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 and the Horn of Africa region.


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 the government, local officials, and other relevant agencies
  • Develop and maintain donor relationships, through liaison and donor reporting. Monitor and coordinate activity programming to ensure contractual output requirements are achieved.
  • 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 partners
  • 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

Essential Skills

  • 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 and Microsoft Office literacy essential

  • 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.

Desirable Skills

  • Mine action experience and relevant IMAS EOD, SAFE, HEAT and First Aid qualifications desirable but not essential

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 form a diverse candidate pool.

The closing date for applications to this role is Sunday 15th August 2021. We reserve the right to close the role earlier than this date if there are sufficient suitable candidate.

How to apply

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