Ammunition Technician

Ammunition Technician – Ammunition Physical Security & Stockpile Management (PSSM) Officer

Background Information - Job-specific

The Ammunition Physical Security and Stockpile Management Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Weapons & Ammunition Disposal/PSSM Desk Officer. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for the delivery and development of PSSM standards. The position will be mainly, but not necessarily, based at one of HALO’s West Africa programmes and might involve extensive travel between HALO countries.

The incumbent will be primarily responsible for managing HALO’s activities in the field of Stockpile Management to ensure that the respective programmes are on target to deliver on their contractual obligations, specifically:

•evaluating and quantifying stocks of weapons ammunition, and identifying weapons and ammunition for disposal; 

•providing technical assistance on ammunition hazard divisions and categories to ensure correct segregation of ammunition;

•mitigating the overfilling of ammunition stores; 

•planning and conducting training on the safe and secure storage of ammunition as  required;

•supervising the safe transportation and storage of ammunition;

•ensuring that standards are maintained;

•helping undertake assessments of new countries with a view to establishing additional programmes;

•reviewing explosive storage arrangements on programmes and advising on measures to bring conditions into line with International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) guidelines.

 Additional duties will include:

•discussing the programme training needs with the Programme Manager;

•familiarisation with in-country EOD and demining operating procedures, particularly any restrictions which are unique to the programme;

•conducting or managing EOD tasks when necessary.

•establishing levels of staffing and the minimum qualification required for each level of field supervision;

•monitoring the quantity and state of explosive resources in-country and making recommendations to the Programme Manager for additional purchases; 

•reviewing existing explosive/ammunition storage and accounting procedures and assisting in their monitoring and improvement;

•when not participating in PSSM activities, assisting the Programme Manager with the normal duties of a HALO Field Officer. 


•Technical knowledge

– comprehensive understanding of the principles behind storing and processing ammunition in base depots or field storage sites at home or on operations.

•Communication Skill

 – strong spoken and written communication skills; 

•Creativity and Innovation 

– strong analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to handle a range of management and coordination issues;


– ability to train and work through interpreters;

•Ability to Learn 

– willingness to keep abreast of new developments;


– good IT skills are essential.


•Trained Ammunition Technician with minimum of 3 years’experience.

•IMAS Level 3 or 4 Explosive Ordnance Disposal competence.


•experience of working in hazardous areas;

•military background;

•fluency in spoken and written French is required;

•working knowledge of English language. 

 Please forward a one-page CV with covering letter to marked PSSM Officer.

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

Logistics Assistant

Job Description – Logistics Assistant
Location – Thornhill, Dumfriesshire
Salary - £18,000 - £20,000 pa

Due to the continued success and expansion of The HALO Trust, an opportunity has arisen within the Logistics Department at our Thornhill office.  A new Logistics Assistant will provide additional support to the team.

The HALO Trust (a charity registered in England and Scotland) and The HALO Trust (USA), Inc (a 501 (c) 3 organisation in America) operates in 17 countries and territories, and on average is awarded 105 separate contracts and grants per year. These contracts and grants come from governments, organisations and individuals all of whom set varying degrees of rules for compliance.  

This role includes, but is not limited to:

operating IT systems to place orders, log receipt of deliveries, produce shipping documents;

•organising the safe and efficient storage and distribution of goods, and ensuring that orders are completed correctly;

•preparing paperwork for regulatory bodies, donor compliance and customs requirements in the UK and overseas; 

•liaising with HALO Desk Officers, HALO Programme logistics staff and suppliers;

•consolidating and packing shipments from the warehouse; 

•assisting with the management of ISO 9001 requirements.

 Please open attached file for details of the person specification

To apply for this vacancy, please submit your CV with a covering letter to 
The deadline for applications is 27th February 2015.

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

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)