Because working with our organization means committing to a demanding set of responsibilities in often difficult situations, SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL has designed a special employment package.
Pay and contract
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has decided to make a special effort to make wages more attractive, following a thought process that began several months ago. The fields in which we work are demanding: previous experience, workload, technicality and responsibilities are increasing and the structure is fully aware of this. It was important for SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL to demonstrate this acknowledgement by changing the salary scale and creating new levels within it.
New salaries (*):
Country Director (CD): starting salary 3,300 euros. Maximum salary: 5,500€.
CD Assistant, Field Coordinator: starting salary 2,860 euros (maximum salary 5,000€).
Technical coordinators (support and programme): 2,640€ ( max 4,800€).
Coordination Assistant / Technical Referents / Regional Programmes Manager: 2,400€ ( maximum 4,600€).
Base manager: 2,200€ ( maximum 4,400 €).
Base positions (Log-admin-Programme Manager) and Grant Manager : 1,980€ ( maximum 4,180€).
Entry positions: coordination support, activity managers: 1,600€ (max 3,760€).
In the vast majority of cases, in the field, you will benefit from a contract (mainly a fixed-term contract) whose duration can range from a few weeks to a year but, always with a view to building loyalty (and subject to meeting certain conditions, in particular seniority), SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL tends to develop permanent contracts in the field.
Head office employees are generally hired on permanent contracts, although some short support or replacement assignments may be on fixed-term contracts.
Finally, it is important to note that SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL values expertise, seniority and commitment. This is why the salary amounts appear with the mention “starting salary” because the amount of your final gross salary will be calculated by integrating your previous humanitarian experience (so in the end, except for entry positions, no salary corresponds to the initial salary).
– 50 € per year of experience in positions that allowed access to the position held.
– 100 € per year of experience on equivalent positions.
– Finally, as at SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, commitment counts: from the second completed year of your contract, you will benefit from a seniority bonus of 100€/month.
e.g. A Country Director, having started as a logistician, then having been one year Log-Admin Base Manager, 2 years as Field Coordinator, 1 year as Assistant CD and having already been CD in another NGO will be paid 3,600 euros per month. Excluding valuation of any seniority at SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL.
e.g. A WASH Programme Manager for three years at SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, becomes Field Coordinator. Their starting gross salary will be 3,025 euros.
In the field, you will receive a Per Diem. This living allowance will be paid to you on site in addition to your salary, in local currency, to cover your food and living expenses.
(*) It should be noted that all gross salaries are presented including an increase of 10% of salary corresponding to paid leave (which cannot be taken in the field and are therefore paid each month/ See break scheme).
Health, living and transport
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL pays all living and travel costs relating to your mission, from your home to your new base.
>Health and accident insurance cover
>Housing on site, generally in shared accommodation
There is also the option, particularly if health and safety management conditions allow, for SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL to pay up to 70% of your own private accommodation. Full or partial family allowances may also be possible, including children’s per diem payments, and for items such as family air tickets, insurance, housing contributions, heavy cargo and help with educational costs.
Leading missions in these types of conditions is particularly demanding. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL operates a system of breaks at 3, 6 and 9 months into your mission outside the country where you are working, to enable you to rest as necessary.
These breaks are not deducted from paid leave, which you will be paid every month (a supplement of 10% of your gross salary). They take the form of a €500 break allowance after 3 and 6 months respectively, as well as a return ticket home after the 6th month.
Working with SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also means you benefit from
> A fortnight’s Departure Preparation (PAD), at head office, to ensure you are prepared as best as possible before taking on your position in your particular work environment. These two weeks are a wonderful opportunity to find out about our tools, our mindset and our projects, and to get ready for your mission. The PAD is aimed at all new recruits. The course is compulsory, whether you’re an experienced mission leader but who’s never worked for us before, about to embark on your first mission, on an internship or a new employee at head office.
> Support, throughout your mission, from an HR representative dedicated to your particular work area. This representative is there to gather your first impressions as well as to provide advice should you be experiencing difficulties.
> In-service training so as to help you develop your professional skills and build your career. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL organizes special weeks for coordinators (Heads of Mission, Program/Financial/Logistics/Field Coordinators) and Regional Technical Weeks, workshops that bring together national and expatriate personnel from several missions in the same area, enabling you to keep up to speed with your profession.
> A debriefing, at the end of your mission, so that you can talk about your experience – both the operational and the personal aspect. This is a chance for you to assess your experience with the necessary perspective.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s HR team takes particular care to offer you new missions and to help you gradually take on more responsibility.
Finishing your mission doesn’t mean you’ve finished your time at SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL!
More half of our expatriates who undertook missions in 2016 have worked for SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL before.