Head of Policy and Safeguarding

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 June 2018

Job Description

Our mission is to lead the effort to protect lives and restore livelihoods for those affected by war.

The HALO Trust is the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organisation. We save lives and restore communities threatened by landmines and other weapons of war, such as cluster bombs, stockpiles of small arms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Born out of a desire to help the people of Afghanistan in 1988, we now have over 8,000 staff in 23 countries and territories, working to get vulnerable communities back on their feet following conflict. Millions of families have been able to return to their homes safely thanks to this work, but there is still much to do.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the newly created role of Head of Policy and Safeguarding will be crucial in ensuring there is a robust infrastructure and culture for safeguarding across our organisation and operations internationally. You will provide the effective leadership and direction for all policies and safeguarding as we strive to lead the effort to protect lives and restore livelihoods for those affected by war. You will also work to drive best practice across the sector in safeguarding.

Our successful candidate will be a driven and highly capable leader with a track record of, and expertise in, developing internal policies in compliance with regulation as well as in safeguarding and conducting investigations. You will also bring excellent stakeholder engagement skills to work across an international organisation working in highly complex settings.You will be required to travel overseas to support our Programmes which may involve working in very remote locations with basic living conditions.

If you bring the relevant expertise, track record and leadership, and share our desire to create safe and secure environments, offer opportunities to rebuild lives and livelihoods, and prepare the way for development and long term stability, we look forward to hearing from you.

To download the appointment details for this role including the job description, person specification, and information on how to apply, please visit https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ using the reference number: 3640.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday, 16th July.

The role will be based in Salisbury, UK, with flexibility and regular travel. The compensation for the role is competitive.

About the Organization

The HALO Trust is a non-political, non-religious NGO that specializes in the removal of the hazardous debris of war. HALO is the world’s oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organization and currently employs over 8,000 deminers in Afghanistan, Abkhazia, Angola, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, Kosovo, Mozambique, Nagorno Karabakh, Sri Lanka and Somaliland. HALO’s largest program is in Afghanistan where they have over 3,700 Afghan staff working on mine clearance and the disposal of conventional munitions preventing these weapons from being used to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). The beneficiaries of mineclearance are invariably the poorest of the poor: internally displaced persons and other disempowered groups. Mineclearance restores farmland and allows them to return to productive and dignified economic activity, which in turn brings stability to post-conflict areas. Since 1988, HALO has destroyed 1.3 million landmines, 12 million items of larger-caliber ordnance, and 50 million bullets. These efforts have returned over 372,000 acres of safe land - an area more than nine times the size of Washington, DC - to poor communities around the world.

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