International Field Officer (Mechanical Engineering pathway). Start date Jan25

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The HALO Trust


International Field Officer – various locations overseas (January 2025 start date)

**Mechanical Engineering pathway**

Full Time. Permanent

£25,956 increasing to £33,959 following completion of training

Location: Initial Field Officer training will be in Cambodia or Sri Lanka. First posting will be assigned across any of our global programmes.

In addition to our standard Field Officer pathway, we are keen to recruit individuals who have a mechanical engineering degree and background. In some of our global programmes, mechanical landmine clearance is expanding, and this is a great opportunity for individuals who are passionate about the mechanical engineering field and putting their skills to use making a real difference to the lives of others around the world.

This application opportunity should ONLY be taken up by individuals able to attend a selection day in south-west Scotland week commencing 14th October, and able to start training in mid January 2025.

The mission of the HALO Trust is: “To lead the effort to save lives and restore livelihoods for those affected by conflict”. HALO clears landmines, disposes of explosive ordnance including IEDs, and is involved in weapon control.

When you become a Field Officer in HALO, you join a team with a shared commitment to making a difference in some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. HALO offers a full training package for the role of Field Officer, and you do not require previous knowledge of landmine clearance or ordnance disposal.

HALO wants people who have a sense of adventure but are responsible and mature. We are looking for leaders who are resilient and self-motivated.

HALO’s Field Officers work across our programmes in various roles and with early responsibilities. You will need the aptitude to be able to function in dynamic and challenging environments and you should have demonstrable management and leadership skills.

HALO’s training will prepare you for deployment to one of our programmes where you could be leading between 250 and 1,000 local employees. On the Field Officer course you will receive technical training in mine clearance, basic explosive ordnance disposal and minefield survey. You will cover HALO’s finance, logistics, security and quality management systems. Once deployed to a programme, in addition to operational field work you will be involved in equipment auditing and maintenance, overseeing repair of vehicles, and writing reports and proposals.

Working for HALO is rewarding, but it is also physically and mentally demanding. Living and operating in remote locations in basic conditions can be wearing. You will be away from home for months on end. HALO Field Officers must be flexible and be willing to be posted to any of HALO’s programmes. Research our programmes at

You will work and live with staff from a range of backgrounds and cultures. You will need to be tolerant; you will need good interpersonal skills.

Working for HALO offers valuable personal and professional development, and for those who succeed we offer further training and development to support career progression.

No two days working for HALO are ever the same. Life is rarely dull, but working for HALO can be tough. However, if you genuinely want to make a difference to people’s lives, it could be the job for you.

HALO has six values that all staff are expected to live by:

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

If you want to join HALO you must confirm you can meet these values.

If you are interested in joining HALO but are unable to meet the above dates, we will be running further Field Officer training in 2025. Keep an eye on the website at

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) outlining how your skills and experience match the requirements of the role by no later than 18th July 2024. 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 from a diverse candidate pool.

The HALO Trust is committed to ensuring that it provides a safe and trusted environment which safeguards and promotes the welfare and well-being of anyone who comes into contact with, or is part of, the Charity, with a zero-tolerance approach to behaviours which challenge this.

To get a better idea of the role and what it’s like being a new Field Officer, please click HERE to hear about Liv’s experience.


Who we’re looking for:


  • Experience: A strong history of relevant professional experience (experience outside of Mine Action is welcomed)
  • Leadership: Demonstrated ability to lead and direct others, build effective relationships and develop potential
  • Proactive: Able to identify problems and address them; self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Team Work: Work effectively with others, committed to shared goals and willing to offer support
  • Practical Ability: Will do whatever is required to get the job done; comfortable with physical labour and adept at picking up new practical skills
  • Communication: Strong English language skills (C1) in oral and written communication; able to be both persuasive and diplomatic across cultures
  • Resilience and Stamina: Able to cope with physically demanding conditions
  • Computer/IT Skills: Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Flexibility: Adaptable, and able to adjust to changing circumstances; willing to deploy to ANY global HALO programme at short notice.
  • Driving licence: Full licence required


  • STEM qualification or experience
  • Mechanical engineering experience – academic and work experience
  • Project management
  • Management of security and safety in a professional context
  • Experience of working or living with people from different cultures
  • Knowledge of languages such as Russian, Arabic, Portuguese or Spanish.


    • Competitive salary from £25,956 to £33,959 after 6-months
    • Living overseas allowance
    • 49 days annual leave rising to 56 following 2 years service
    • Accommodation and food
    • Non contributory life assurance (3 x salary)
    • Private medical health cover
    • Non-contributory retirement savings plan
    • Emergency medical insurance, including repatriation

Our selection process:

We are very proud of the quality of our Field Officer appointments and we invest in ensuring that are applicants can demonstrate their skills across a range of elements.

The selection process for the role of International Field Officer is as follows:

Stage 1 – Apply online

Stage 2 – Successful candidates will be invited to complete some online cognitive behavioral assessments

Stage 3 – Successful candidates will be invited to complete an online video interview covering elements of the role and environment

Stage 4 – Successful candidates will be invited to attend an live short interview over Teams

Stage 5 – Successful candidates will be invited to attend on-line selection event

Stage 6 – Successful candidates will attend a full day selection event in Scotland

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