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Partnerships Manager

Remote | Thornhill | Wilton | Dumfries

  • Organization: The HALO Trust
  • Location: Remote | Thornhill | Wilton | Dumfries
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-01-28


Partnerships Manager – UK Portfolio

Permanent, Full Time

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

Salary – £43,000 to £47,000 per annum, dependent upon experience

About HALO:

HALO is the leading global NGO addressing the impact and drivers of conflict in 30 countries and territories, with over 12,500 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:

As part of HALO’s Partnership Team and reporting to HALO’s Head of Partnerships, this role will support the Strategy Group with the management of global contracts, leading the contract management of HALO’s UK Government Portfolio and Irish Aid. The role will work towards the expansion of HALO’s donors beyond Europe and the US to allow HALO to diversify its operations in the countries we work. The Partnership Manager is responsible for line managing one Partnerships Officer.


Key Responsibilities


  • As the Contract Director, this role will oversee the UK Government Donor relations including the management of HALO’s largest consortia project, the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)-funded Global Mine Action Programme (GMAP). The role will also support programmes funded by the UK Integrated Security Fund (UKISF).
  • Working closely with the Head of Partnerships and the UK Policy Manager to understand and maximise UK funding opportunities for mine action and associated activities. This includes but is not limited to Integrated Security Fund (ISF) and any new frameworks resulting from the new Foreign Commonwealth Overseas Development Department (FCDO).
  • Manage the UK Government’s Procurement Portal and ensuring HALO is compliant with all UK Government due diligence via the INSPIRE portal (annual due diligence, contract level due diligence and safeguarding due diligence.


  • As the GMAP Contract Lead, this position will be HALO’s focal point for the GMAP programme, overseeing the funding across 10 HALO programmes.
  • Lead on all new GMAP related project proposals.
  • Key focal point for relevant donor contacts, partners, and programmes in the delivery of this contract and will ensure delivery is in line with contract requirements and project objectives.
  • To provide advice and support to Programme Managers and their teams on FCDO Global Mine Action Programme contract management, risk management and reporting.  
  • Work alongside HALO’s Global Grants Manager to monitor spend in line with FCDO’s commercial contracting mechanisms, ensuring that programmes are able to realign project budgets when needed.
  • To monitor contract coordination with other GMAP partner organisations at HQ and country level, including the management of HALO's global partnership with The Mines Advisory Group (MAG).
  • To liaise directly with the third-party monitoring and evaluation organisation to ensure accurate and timely reporting to FCDO.
  • To provide support for the monitoring and evaluation on the GMAP contract working closely with the MEAL team, to ensure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are met, as well as assessing and demonstrating the outcomes and impact of the activities undertaken.
  • To work with the MEAL, Partnerships, and Finance teams to prepare quarterly reports, and updates on country progress/ risks at FCDO quarterly and Project Board meetings.
  • To work with the Head of Partnerships to ensure contract compliance and clear chain of communication with donor, partners, and programmes.
  • Supported by the Partnerships Officer, ensure all UK Government project data is uploaded onto IATI.



  • Key focal point for HALO’s relationship with Irish Aid. Key responsibility is the oversight of HALO’s Irish Aid funded multi-year programme, funding 7 HALO countries between 2023 – 2025.
  • Oversee all Irish Aid contract management, including project spend, reporting against agreed outputs and outcomes, MEAL activities and risk management.
  • Chair meetings with Irish Aid and subcontractors (MAG), to discuss project progress.



  • Research and seek opportunities for new funding and donor diversification, beyond the EU and US. Build new relationships with the Australia and New Zealand as potential donors.
  • Build relationships with new donors outside of Europe and the US: by exploring new opportunities, drafting, and implementing donor engagement plans.
  • Conduct analysis of donor strategies and policies, summarising and disseminating findings
  • Draft and review donor proposals and reports.
  • Analyse and improve commercial aspects of selected proposal submissions.


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.

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.


  • Excellent written English
  • Experience of report and tender writing
  • Experience managing complex donor contracts
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • Degree in Social Sciences, Economics, International Affairs or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Ability to produce high quality work under demanding deadlines and manage own time and workload in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong numerical skills and experience of working with budgets
  • High attention to detail
  • Knowledge or experience of Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Be available for short-term travel to HALO programmes, and related events
  • Experience of working in the humanitarian or international development sector


  • Experience of working in the mine action sector
  • Experience working with partners and wide ranging teams
  • Working proficiency in additional languages are advantageous
  • Knowledge or experience of working with UK Aid funding


Benefits of working at HALO:

  • 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

HALO requires its applicants to work in line with our values, which are:

  • Courage
  • Discipline
  • Integrity
  • Respect for Others
  • Loyalty
  • Selfless Commitment

How to Apply

Please submit a CV (no more than 2 pages) and a cover letter (no more than 1 page) in English outlining how your experience matches the key skills and competencies required by 28th January 2024. We reserve the right to amend the closing date depending on the number of applications received.

In addition to confirming that you can meet the essential skills, competencies and HALO’s values, job offers are subject to two satisfactory references, a pre-employment medical and a criminal record check.

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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