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Head of Partnerships - UK based

  • Organization: The HALO Trust
  • Location:
  • Grade: Senior level - Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:


Head of Partnerships

Permanent, Full Time

Location – UK Home Based with travel to our UK offices in Thornhill (Dumfries and Galloway) or Wilton (Wiltshire)

Salary - £59,396 - £67,271 dependent upon experience

About HALO:

HALO is the leading global NGO addressing the impact and drivers of conflict in 28 countries and territories, with over 12,000 staff. Most of our staff are local employees and include a growing number of women. Our primary duty is to serve people affected by conflict, clearing landmines and the explosive remnants of war that threaten lives and livelihoods long after fighting has finished. We make land safe where war has ended, while also assisting those affected by active conflict and endemic violence, creating more durable solutions to support stability. HALO addresses human suffering caused by armed violence in some of the world’s most fragile places, securing weapons and ammunition, and working with both state and community actors to reduce the prevalence of armed violence. In recent years HALO has grown significantly. With our financial strength and strong government, community, and partner relationships, HALO is uniquely positioned to help build more resilient and prosperous communities; better equipped to respond to the interconnected global challenges of war, climate change, disease, political and economic instability. As a result, the nature of HALO’s programming is diversifying to increase the impact we have.

About the role:

The Strategy Group encompasses four core functions of the organisation: Donor relations and partnerships with all of HALO’s government and multilateral donors outside the USA, Partner organisations; Policy and Advocacy; Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL); and organisational strategic planning.

The Head of Partnerships jointly leads Donor Relations and Partnerships with the Head of HALO Europe and leads Partner Organisation engagement and processes. As a member of the Strategy Heads Group, the Head of Partnerships reports directly to the Director of Strategy and provides advice and support to the Director and other key members of HALO’s senior management team.

Role key responsibilities

Overall Leadership

  • Jointly lead and motivate the Partnerships Team to deliver on all elements of the groups work including key donor relations and partner organisation engagement
  • Lead the development and integration of partnership engagement practices to increase the number and quality of partnerships at programme and HQ level
  • Lead on HALO’s new Business Development for HALO to increase funding through new donors outside of Europe and the US.

New Business Development – Partnerships

  • To take the strategic lead in developing new partnerships outside the mine action sector (development, environment, and humanitarian response) to support HALO’s Goal 3 – ‘Building Resilient and Prosperous Communities’
  • To support the development of programme-led partnerships for HALO’s Goal 2 – Reducing Armed Violence
  • To further develop and implement practices that support partnerships at programme level through providing advice and guidance on partnership engagement, compliance processes and management

Partnership and Donor Compliance

To oversee compliance processes for managing donor requirements and establishing new partnerships:

  • To lead HALO’s Due Diligence Processes including providing guidance to programmes on completion, HQ review and monitoring
  • To provide expert guidance on the review of donor and partnership contracts, working closely with Finance and Programmes teams
  • To ensure that donor compliance requirements are met through well managed incident reporting processes

New Business Development – Donors

  • To lead at HQ level on the development of new donors, outside of Europe and the US, to increase mine action funding streams for HALO
  • To identify new streams outside of traditional mine action funding streams to increase the opportunity for HALO to diversify activities, including but not limited to, environmental projects, Research and Development, reconstruction, and development projects.

All HALO staff are expected to undertake the following general duties:

  • Work within the framework of HALO’s core values, promoting its ethos and mission statement.
  • Work towards achieving programme and/or group business plan objectives.
  • Ensure familiarity with and adhere to all HALO policies and procedures and keep informed of HALO activities.
  • Travel overseas as and when required.
  • To discharge duties and responsibilities under HALO’s Health and Safety Procedures which may include Risk and COSHH Assessments and participation in evacuation procedures as necessary.
  • This job description is intended to summarise the main duties and responsibilities of the post; this is not intended to be a full and exhaustive list of tasks. All HALO staff are expected to demonstrate flexibility and willingness to perform appropriate tasks when the need arises.
  • The HALO Trust strongly encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply to this role.
    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.

This role can be based out of our UK offices in Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway or Wilton, Wiltshire or can be UK based home working with occasional travel to one of our UK offices. Some occasional international travel will also be required.


Who we’re looking for:


  • Significant experience in a senior management capacity
  • Solid understanding of the aid sector donors and operating environment
  • Experience leading and managing a high-paced, multi-functional team
  • Demonstrable experience in developing strategies and plans in a collaborative way across teams
  • Proven ability to build relationships and engage with stakeholders at all levels, from senior politician to local partner
  • Demonstrable experience in building external relationships (donors and partners etc.)
  • Demonstrable experience in developing funding streams
  • Experience representing and speaking at high level forums
  • Ability to understand risks and assess impact of global contextual changes on organisational plans
  • Experience developing relationships with donors
  • Knowledge and understanding of policy and advocacy
  • Knowledge and understanding of monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning
  • Experience planning and monitoring operating budgets
  • Experience setting plans with teams, including with ambitious short-, medium- and long-term goals and realistic plans to achieve them
  • Experience in managing staff career development, welfare, and morale
  • Demonstrable experience in developing a cohesive, collaborative, and happy team working environment


  • Experience developing organisational strategies or business plans
  • Experience with the Humanitarian sector, particularly demining
  • Experience driving organisational strategic change
  • Knowledge of multilateral institutions


Benefits of working at HALO:

  • Salary of £59,396 - £67,271 dependent upon experience
  • Annual Leave: 25 days plus 8 statutory holidays
  • Non-contributory life assurance
  • Pension contributions matched by HALO up to 5%
  • Emergency medical insurance when travelling overseas
  • Flexible working policy

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and supporting statement (no more than 2 pages) detailing why you are suitable for this role, before the closing date for applications which is 2nd February 2023. If there is a sufficient calibre of applicants, we reserve the right to close the role earlier than the date noted.

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.

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