Recent Events

Recent Events



Last June 12-13, 2019, Birches Group conducted its 3rd Global Workforce Management Forum hosted by the World Bank! With the theme Innovative Approaches to Global Workforce Management in the 21st Century, in-depth discussions revolved around using salary data and developing salary scales, international and local pay practices, decentralization, global mobility, integrating human resource systems, and building global leadership across locations, among others. A total of 64 delegates were present representing 28 international organizations. Birches Group is grateful for the support that the World Bank provided to build out the network of HR practitioners across the international development sector.


Birches Group conducted a three-day Recognition and Rewards workshop with the World Bank last June 17-19, 2019. The workshop focused on establishing and integrating a reward and recognition framework into broader human resources management. It also included discussions around current issues faced by the organization and how to define solutions in support of the bank’s employment value proposition.

Birches Group offers customized workshops which cater to the needs of each organization. To date, we have conducted over 12 customized workshops for various organizations to include the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Plan International, EDUCO, and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). For more information, please reach out to us at


Last June 24 – 29, 2019, Birches Group in partnership with Real Solution and Sipradi Trading, arranged a learning session on “The Hows and Whys of Job Evaluation”. HR professionals from more than 40 organizations attended the learning session focused on the framework of job evaluations.

The common understanding of most in human relations is that job evaluations equates to job descriptions, however, Birches Group believes that it is only one component in the framework. To achieve an organization’s mission, everything must start from organizing jobs into three main factors: Purpose, Engagement, and Delivery. To learn more about Birches Group’s methodology on job evaluation, please visit


Birches Group, in partnership with Invest People Timor (IP Timor), organized a roundtable breakfast discussion last July 9, Tuesday at Timor Plaza, City of Dili, Timor-Leste. A total of 33 attended, representing organizations from the private, public, and NGO sectors. Several one-on-one meetings were also organized the rest of the week. On July 12, an NGO roundtable was held of which 9 attended representing 7 organizations.

The roundtables kicked-off the partnership with IP Timor by holding discussions with leading employers in the country. Birches Group’s methodology and survey as well as the need for reliable market data in the country were highlighted in the discussions. The employers saw the valuable opportunity to be part of the market study so they can gain insights on their respective market position and maintain a competitive compensation philosophy. They also saw an opportunity to acquire information on the prevailing labor practices.

For more information on Birches Group’s methodology, surveys, and other services, please visit


Birches Group was one of sponsors in the annual conference conducted by the Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe last July 10 to July 12 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. During the conference, Birches Group launched the Special Measures Survey for Zimbabwe in light of the current economic situation. In markets that are currently in a state of flux, organizations benefit from additional information on how other organizations address any fluctuation or changes in the market to gain some insight on their own possible course of action. That information can be gained through the Birches Group Special Measures Survey.

On-site visits were conducted in Harare, Zimbabwe from July 15 to July 19 to meet with various organizations to share a more in-depth view of the benefits of participating in Birches Group’s Special Measures Survey. The Embassy of the Unites States of America also organized a roundtable discussion focusing on insights on the current market.

This was followed by a trip to Lusaka, Zambia from July 22 to July 26. In partnership with CV People Africa, three roundtable sessions per sector were organized (1st Session – Banking/Finance, IT, and Telecom, 2nd Session – Agriculture, Oil & Gas, Hospitality, 3rd Session – Consumer Goods, Manufacturing, and Logistics). A total of 28 participants attended these sessions, which was focused on Birches Group’s Survey Methodology. To learn more about Birches Group’s Special Measures Survey and overall Survey Methodology click here


Last July 24, 2019, Birches Group attended the International Human Resources Forum held in Kampala, Uganda. The event was held at the Royal Suites and had the biggest attendance of any forum event yet, with more than 100 HR practitioners.

Curtis Grund, one of Birches Group’s Senior Consultants, presented Birches Group’s Integrated Human Resources Platform and approach called Community™. Highlighted in this presentation is the unique integrated approach to support job evaluation and design, compensation and benefits surveys, skills development, performance management, and workforce analytics. Community™ is an all-new approach to human resource management that integrates the different areas of HR in a way that that is simple, consistent and seamless. For more information on Community™ and Birches Group’s full suite of services, contact us or visit


Birches Group, in collaboration with its on-the-ground partner, Afric Staff, conducted a roundtable session and a series of individual client meetings in Douala, Cameroon last August 5-9.

The roundtable session held last August 6 at the Pullman Douala Rabingha Hotel was attended by 16 representatives from 14 organizations. Best practices and insights on compensation, benefits of participation in market surveys, Birches Group’s survey methodology were among the topics discussed.

Attendees particularly appreciated the Birches Group methodology which highlights total gross compensation — an important factor in adjusting or determining pay in West African markets where benefit prevalence pays a huge role. Need more information? Get in touch: here


Last August 5-9, 2019, Birches Group visited Kigali, Rwanda to meet with the growing NGO Community. The eventful week started with the roundtable discussion held in Hotel des Mille Collines to present highlights of the Rwanda NGO Local Pay Survey published in July; followed by a series of individual client meetings that allowed organizations to consult on challenges they wish to address with CommunityTM.

There were 25 attendees composed of new and existing clients, all eager to understand Birches Group’s job evaluation standards and survey methodology. Learn more about Birches Group and CommunityTM by visiting


Birches Group conducted two Integrating Human Resources Workshops in Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi Kenya last May 20-24 and July 29-August 2. A total of 48 participants attended these events, representing 25 organizations. Both workshops received excellent reviews from the participants.

The Integrating Human Resources workshop uniquely covers three main subject areas in the field of Human Resources: Job Design and Evaluation, Compensation Management, and Performance Management (Recognition and Reward). These topics were carefully selected to address mainstream HR issues such as securing talent, building your workforce, measuring and enabling performance, and most of all, how to integrate these under a single, integrated framework. The course begins with a thorough discussion of jobs and how job standards serve as a framework to determine pay and performance.

The workshop features Birches Group’s proprietary software – CommunityTM across the jobs, markets, skills, and performance modules. Case studies are built around Birches Group’s experience with the development sector, and extensive discussions are carried out across the 5-day programme, coupled with practical individual and group exercises.

Our last Integrating Human Resources workshop will be in Dubai, UAE (October 14-19, 2019). To learn more or to register for the Integrating Human Resources workshop, please click here. You may also view our training schedule and other events here.

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