In early 2012, the Initiative Development team included 200 people, divided as follows:
- headquarters (Poitiers): 14 people
- expatriates: 20 people
- local personnel: 78 people
- personnel employed by our domestic partners in ID programs: 88 people
Despite our desire to increase female recruitment in our programs, we are far from reaching parity (50 female employees in the program versus 100 male employees) particularly for management positions, due to insufficient training of the candidates.
Positions and Descriptions
Depending on the project, team size can vary from a few people to several dozen. Many of the same positions will be present: a team manager, who usually combines specific skills (agronomy, education, local development, etc.), and team management and project management experience (at least three years of professional experience). Depending on the size and complexity of the program, he or she may be assisted by activity coordinators and administrative personnel (accounting, etc.). Organizers, trainers, and technicians implement activities in the field.
ID prefers to recruit locally, in accordance with its development objective which includes training of local actors. However, the skills needed are not always available on site; therefore expatriates are called upon with the specific task of training local resources.
We ask expatriate staff to settle in an integrated neighborhood and live in the country of intervention. The missions we offer you are all relatively long-term: voluntary missions run for several months, six months to a year minimum for volunteers, and at least two years for salaried positions.
We offer a type of commitment or moral contract that includes several elements:
- An adaptation period to a new living environment and time to carry out work (we estimate about six months).
- Development time, used for team-building and training. Our approach at ID, which requires a lot of time and energy, also requires a long-term, stable presence of expatriates in order to avoid the need for local teams to have to adapt to newcomers too frequently.
However, ID is also aware of the need for each person to preserve his or her personal sense of balance. Living conditions that are, at times, isolated combined with basic living conditions, and an intense work pace can be grueling. For this reason we consider two consecutive years of expatriation to be a maximum.
Employees and Volunteers
ID offers three types of expatriate positions:
Two types of salaried positions:
- Coordination/supervision positions (Sector Chief, Sector Financial Manager)
- Program management positions.
In the case of these two salaried positions, ID requires at least two years of prior professional experience
- Use of volunteers in programs: these meet specific needs for ID (usually support and training), which cannot be met by creating local jobs (at least at first).