How NGOs in Kenya curb the challenge of salary disparity and talent retention

Source: Internet

A recent directive by the NGO Council in Kenya has also required that human resource managers of international and local NGOs harmonize the salaries between local and international staff. This is expected to protect the interest of local workers in the country.

“It also indicated that there was a huge salary disparity between Kenyan and foreign staff leading to a trend of career expatriates hoping from organization to organization in search of lucrative perks at the expense of qualified Kenyans,” said Hellen Kong’ong’o, regional director of human resources at RTI Africa, a global nonprofit research institute that provides technical assistance and institutional support across sub-Saharan Africa.

One of the goals of the NGO Council in Kenya is to ensure that NGOs only engage expats when the skills that these professionals bring are lacking in the local market. At the most senior level, this is not usually a problem. “This is often because the local staff can see the benefit — experience and skills — that the international hire brings. Often these are skills that are not readily available in the local market,” Kong’ong’o said.

It is when expats are recruited for midlevel or entry level positions and paid a higher salary that controversy ensues.“It also indicated that there was a huge salary disparity between Kenyan and foreign staff leading to a trend of career expatriates hoping from organization to organization in search of lucrative perks at the expense of qualified Kenyans,” said Hellen Kong’ong’o, regional director of human resources at RTI Africa, a global nonprofit research institute that provides technical assistance and institutional support across sub-Saharan Africa.

One of the goals of the NGO Council in Kenya is to ensure that NGOs only engage expats when the skills that these professionals bring are lacking in the local market. At the most senior level, this is not usually a problem. “This is often because the local staff can see the benefit — experience and skills — that the international hire brings. Often these are skills that are not readily available in the local market,” Kong’ong’o said.

It is when expats are recruited for midlevel or entry level positions and paid a higher salary that controversy ensues…