International Applicants to The HALO Trust


The HALO Trust conducts humanitarian landmine clearance and ordnance disposal in Abkhazia, Angola, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Colombia, Kosovo, Mozambique, Nagorno Karabakh, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, Laos, West Bank, Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe. We employ nearly 8,000 national and 50 expatriate staff - the latter generally joining HALO in their late 20s or 30s. If you want a challenging and rewarding career, then you might consider working for HALO.

HALO is looking for leaders who will be resourceful, adaptable, resilient, self-motivated and prepared to work in remote and challenging environments, away from e-mail and sometimes any form of social life, for extended periods. In addition to the day-to-day management of mineclearance operations the responsibilities include: liaison with Government, the diplomatic community, police, military and other NGOs as well as the less glamorous activities of financial accounting, administration and logistics. Expatriates can be promoted to manage a national program within two years of joining HALO. Previous leadership experience in the Armed Forces may be to the applicant’s advantage, but it is not a prerequisite – our current employees come from a very wide range of backgrounds.

Selection and overseas training is field-based and takes around six months. The course covers: mine and ordnance recognition and clearance, survey and mapping, risk assessment, task prioritization and planning, equipment and vehicle husbandry (HALO has over 1,200 vehicles overseas), radio communication, first aid, accounting, proposal and report writing (applicants must have good Word & Excel skills). You will also be expected to develop quickly a working knowledge of the local language.

Postings are usually ‘unaccompanied’ with seven weeks of holiday per annum split into three periods. The work therefore tends to appeal more to single than married people. Daily duties are normally physically demanding so a good level of fitness and excellent health is a requirement, with a formal health assessment for new trainees. The pay scales reflect performance and are commensurate with management responsibilities. Most living costs abroad are covered by HALO, as is insurance.

This endeavor is not for the faint-hearted; but HALO believes that the right person will find considerable job satisfaction.

If you consider yourself to be up to this unique challenge and are prepared to make a two year commitment beyond the initial six month training package, send a one page CV with covering letter to:

(Due to the high number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will receive a response)

Expatriate Finance Coordinator (EFC) - Afghanistan


HALO has been conducting mineclearance and explosive ordnance disposal in Afghanistan since 1988. The HALO Afghanistan program has its headquarters in Kabul and regional offices in the north and west of the country, and is currently employing 3,000 national staff. It is led and managed by a team of experienced Afghan national staff, with three resident expatriates working in the command chain. 

The Afghan senior management team includes the Program Finance Officer who has been with HALO since 1994 and who leads an established finance department in the headquarters, with additional staff in the regional locations. The primary role of the EFC will be to provide oversight and wider financial analysis in support of the Program Finance Officer and his team. A secondary role will be to support the work of the Program Logistics Manager and his team. 

The principal requirements for the post of EFC are:

•Experience in donor aid budget management, in particular in handling budgets involving donors such as DFID, US Department of State, UN, EC, and Japanese Government;

•Experience of budget analysis across multiple budget lines, multiple donors with changing monthly exchange rates over five or more currencies, and multiple locations.

•Experience of stock and capital equipment control;

•The necessary tact to assist in the further development of senior administrative staff who already possess considerable experience in role;

•The highest level of proficiency in Excel;

•Excellent English writing skills.

The EFC will be one of the three HALO international staff resident on the program, working in concert with senior Afghan national management as part of the same team, and reporting to the Afghan Program Manager. The EFC also works closely with HALO’s UK-based Afghanistan Desk Officer, who spends half his time in Afghanistan, and HALO’s UK Finance Team. 

Secure accommodation is provided and terms of employment include a reasonable remuneration package and leave rotation.

Interviews will take place at HALO`s global headquarters in Scotland.

Please reply with a CV to

(Due to the high number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will receive a response)