NGO Global Pay

For the fifth year running, Birches Group and People in Aid are launching the NGO Global Pay Survey. A companion survey to NGO Local Pay tailored to the needs of the international development community, this survey covers international and headquarter roles. 

Focused on internationally-recruited professional positions, the survey will include country and regional-level roles covering the full range of programme and operational positions found in the NGO Community. These include Country Director, Chief of Party, senior programme staff, key administrative and support roles in finance, human resources, procurement and logistics, along with selected headquarters-based leadership positions including those roles with responsibilities for international operations. Usual participants include over 50 organisations with headquarters in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Together with the NGO Local Pay surveys, organisations now have a single source for market data for both locally- and internationally-recruited staff. Using the Birches Group job levels in both surveys will make it simple to develop comparisons and look at pay levels using a comprehensive and consistent framework from driver right up to CEO.

Participants will have advisory input into the NGO Global Pay survey through People In Aid’s Reward Network and through a smaller, technical Advisory Group of regular participants.

What is included in the Survey?

Each participant will receive a report with detailed information about the market practices across all countries where positions are reported in the survey. Data will include:

  • Base salary, including actual pay averages.
  • Total cash, including any fixed but non location specific allowances.
  • Pay market percentiles.
  • A practices survey with information on expatriate benefits such as housing, cost of living, etc.
  • A results discussion meeting and review and input to survey meeting, through People In Aid.

Costs and Timings


  • The cost of the interactive excel report is US$1,500 per participant.
  • The costs are all-inclusive; there are no VAT/GST or other taxes due.


  • Data collection begins June 2015.
  • Job matching support starts end of June through to July.
  •  Matching telecon/meeting: 24 June 2015.
  • Data submission closes mid-August 2015.
  • Survey publication is planned for end of October 2015.
  • Results meeting is planned for mid-November 2015 (date to be announced).

Register Now!

Our registration site is available now.

For More Information

If you have questions about NGO Local Pay, please contact Maduri Moutou at People In Aid; Curtis GrundCatherine McMenamin or Tracey King  in association with Birches Group.