During 2016, the organization consisted of nine regional expertise centres (RECs) throughout the world with a Network Secretariat connecting the RECs. The Network Secretariat (officially Solidaridad Network Foundation, founded in 2011) is located in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in the same office building as Solidaridad Europe, one of the regional expertise centres. The Network Secretariat is the seat of the Executive Director (Nico Roozen) with a small staff surrounding him and delivering the following tasks that support the whole network:
Providing services for the development and enforcement of quality assurance systems and standards for financial management, accountability and control, planning, monitoring and evaluation, ICT infrastructure and human resource management.
Managing global communication, including the Solidaridad international website and the development of tools for global branding and communication.
Facilitating the process of global policy development by supporting our global organizational entities such as the Executive Director, the Executive Board of Directors, the Global Commodity Teams and the Global Account Teams.
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All managing directors must adhere to agreed policies and stimulate optimal cooperation, open communication and knowledge exchange between the RECs. Furthermore, they are responsible for fostering a “giving factor” between RECs, making fair deals on payment for joint and mutual services, and joining forces in order to be stronger together.
In order to ensure effective daily operations and an efficient payment structure, the nine regional expertise centres in 2016 were grouped on five continents, each with their own supervisory structure. Legal entities for these five continental Solidaridad regions are established in Utrecht, the Netherlands (for Europe), San Francisco, USA (for North America), Panama City, Panama (for Latin America), Nairobi, Kenya (for Africa) and Hong Kong, China (for Asia).
Staff per region
The total number of employees that were employed throughout the Network as of 31 December 2016 was 491 (2015: 391 employees). The 491 employees corresponded to 454.1 FTE per end 2016.
(Solidaridad Andes and Solidaridad South America merged in 2015/2016.)
Solidaridad firmly reinforces equity and diversity principles and practices applied across the employment lifecycle to support and improve gender equality outcomes in the workplace.
Of the 491 total employees at the end of 2016, 151 employees were female (31%) (2015: 122, 31%). The table above shows the male / female division per continent.