In partnership with the Birches Group and InsideNGO, we are pleased to share with you the latest update on the NGO Local Pay Survey, an initiative to create reliable, tailored compensation survey data for the international NGO community. There has been a very robust response to date in that:

  • Surveys have completed, are in-process or have been scheduled in over 80 countries
  • Almost 240 organisations have registered in one or more countries
  • We had over 1500 registrations in 2013, and a total of 3600 registarations since the Survey started in 2010
  • A growing list of 40 global Preferred Partners.

The survey examines salaries and benefits for the local staff population of the international NGO and development community. Each country survey includes a two-part report which compares your data to the market for base pay, fixed allowances (such as thirteenth month), short-term incentives and in-kind benefits (such as meals, transportation and recreation).

The survey report also includes prevalence information for benefits such as retirement and medical plans; insurance programs; family benefits; and leave benefits. A summary of the local Social Security and Labour Law, Income Tax and Exchange Rate history is also featured in the report.

What countries are included?

For up-to-date information on which countries are being covered go to the NGO Local Pay website.

What roles are included?

Positions covered by the NGO Local Pay survey include all country-based jobs, from general support to programme roles and technical specialties including:

  • Country Office Head/Chief of Party
  • Deputy Country Head
  • Top Country Programmes Head
  • Humanitarian Coordinator
  • Senior in-Country Technical Roles
  • Senior in-Country HIV/AIDS Technical Specialists
  • In-Country Technical Roles
  • In-Country HIV/AIDS Technical Specialist
  • Senior Programme Officer
  • Programme Analyst
  • Programme Administration
  • Grants Officer
  • Finance Manager
  • Finance Administration – Accounts to Clerks
  • HR Manager
  • HR Administration
  • IT Officer
  • General Administration
  • Country Logistics Head
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Receptionist
  • Guard
  • Driver
  • Cleaner

See the survey jobs page for more information

Register Now!

The cost of each survey is US$595 per surveyed location for NGOs who are able to commit to participate annually for three consecutive years.  Ad hoc participation is $745/country.  A fee of US$1,200 applies to for profit development organizations. For more information about other pricing options, visit the pricing page.

Advance registration is the best way to ensure that a survey will be conducted in the countries of interest to your organization. Visit the
registration page for more information and the appropriate forms.

Here you will also find sample reports, selected
participant lists, the countries offered in the survey, and instructions on how to register. You can join a webinar about the survey to get a quick overview of the salary survey that is produced and why this could serve as a valuable and cost-saving resource for your program operations.

Most importantly, please tell us in which countries you want to register. Sign up now for the NGO Local Pay Survey and get the most up-to-date compensation information for the international NGO community!

Register for Surveys!

For more information

If you have questions about NGO Local Pay, please contact Maduri Moutou at People In Aid, Curtis Grund at Birches Group or Catherine McMenamin in association with Birches Group. Or visit