Human resources: our dynamic asset

human resourcesOur goal is to recruit and retain dynamic people that possess the competencies and skills required for IRRI to implement its research strategy.

We are committed to the development and wellbeing of our national and international staff, who now exceed 1,300 in number worldwide. We have more than 1,200 nationally recruited staff in 16 different locations in Asia and Africa. Our globally recruited staff has more than doubled in size since 2005, and now numbers close to 150.

IRRI’s workplace thrives with diversity, with more than 36 countries represented on the staff. We are particularly proud to be an employer that values gender equality: 37% of all our staff worldwide, 57% of all headquarters-based nationally recruited scientists, and 33% in senior management being women.

In 2013, we made several significant changes to our structure to further maximize the efficiency and professional interaction of our staff. Human Resources Services conducted modernization activities that included the introduction of new career paths, the development and launch of a new Code of Conduct, the adoption of a more efficient way to access knowledge and skills on service agreements, and a continued consultative workplace relations program.

While IRRI continues to provide a wide range of learning and development opportunities, we have not neglected the work-life balance. The Institute continues to provide its staff with family-friendly social and wellness activities throughout the year.