Tuesday, 28 May 2013

IRRI-UPLB Dual Meet on May 31 to June 1!

Join the 2013 IRRI-UPLB Dual Meet!
Hosted by IRRI  
May 31 - June 1

Click here to view the program.

HRS to conduct information sessions on the NRS standard job profiles and IRRI NRS Job Dictionary

The newly developed IRRI Job Dictionary and the NRS Standard Job Profiles which were approved by the Management Committee will soon be available on the Human Resource Services Portal.

How will the introduction of the NRS standard job profiles and the IRRI Job Dictionary affect supervisors and staff? 
  • Supervisors submitting a Request for Personnel will use a Standard Job Profile template instead of creating a new job description. 
  • In the coming months, all NRS will transition from their existing job description to a standard job profile. Supervisors and staff will be supported by HRS and their respective OU Heads and Program Leaders to ensure that the transfer to the new standard job profiles is completed as smoothly as possible. 
  • HRS will conduct open information sessions, where all staff are welcome. Venues and schedules are as follows:
Wednesday, 29 May
9:00am to 10:00am
Umali Room A
Thursday, 30 May
9:00am to 10:00am
Umali Room A
Wednesday, 5 June
11:00am to 12:00pm
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Seminar Room, Harrar Hall
Thursday, 6 June
11:00am to 12:00pm
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Seminar Room, Harrar Hall
Friday, 7 June
11:00am to 12:00pm
1:30pm to 2:30 pm
Seminar Room, Harrar Hall

  • HRS has met and will continue to meet with Supervisors, OU Heads and Program Leaders on the following dates:
GRC, C4 and SHU and Program 4: GQNC
30 April to 24 May
27 May  to 7 June
Training Center, Experiment Station
3 to 14 June
10 to 21 June
17 to 28 June
Management Services units
24 June to 12 July
7 to 19 July
Communication and Partnership units
14 to 26 July

For more information, please contact Sara van Gaalen, HRS Specialist, at s.vangaalen@irri.org or HQ ext. 2824.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Gender & Diversity Training held

May 14-15 participants
(first run)
Human Resource Services (HRS) held the workshop on Gender & Diversity Training on May 14-15, 2013 (first run) and May 16-17, 2013 (second run).

May 16-17 participants
(second run)
A total of 29 professionals from science/research and administrative support fields attended the intensive and highly interactive training. In attendance were Sylvia Avance (HCCRO), Violeta Bartolome (PBGB), Julie Ann Basconcillo (CESD), Sarah Beebout (CESD), Marichu Bernardo (RMQA), Akshaya Kumar Biswal (PBGB), Bas Bouman (DGO), Joong Hyoun Chin (PBGB), Benoit Clerget (CESD), Rosa Paula Cuevas (GQNC), Joyce Finegan (DHRS), Sara van Gaalen (DHRS), Glenn Gregorio (PBGB), Loretta Hempsall (IRRI-Bangladesh), Rashad Hegazy (CESD), Joel Janiya (CESD), Shanta Karki (C4C), Maria Rebecca Laza (CESD), Noel Magor (TC), Kenneth McNally (GRC), Maria Elizabeth Naredo (TTC-GRC), Prabhjit Chadha-Mohanty (PBGB), Bjoern Ole Sander (CESD), Ricardo Oliva (PBGB), Endang Septiningsih (PBGB), Adam Sparks (CESD), Casiana Vera Cruz (PBGB), Reiner Wassmann (CESD), and Sudhir Yadav (CESD).

The course is designed to give insights into common gender and diversity workplace-related challenges and to provide program participants with practical tools for use in ensuring an inclusive and collaborative work environment.

For inquiries on upcoming workshops, please contact the HRS Organization & People Development team at x2824 or send email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org.

HRS hold consultation sessions on new IRRI Code of Conduct and updated Disciplinary Guidelines

A range of IRRI staff has partnered once again with Human Resource Services (HRS) to share their thoughts on the newly drafted IRRI Code of Conduct and updated Disciplinary Guidelines. The new drafts aimed to update and modernize IRRI’s current approach, and to provide staff with more clarity on such issues as IRRI values, the Rights and Obligations of IRRI Employees, the principles of IRRI Human Resource Management, and more detail on expected workplace conduct.

Four (4) consultation sessions took place at HQ during the month of May for the purposes of gathering employee feedback, which will be incorporated into the final drafts to be presented to IRRI Management. These sessions were facilitated by Joyce Finegan, HRS Business Partner for Workplace Relations and Advisory Services.

HRS would like to thank all the staff who actively participated in the consultation meetings.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

New IRRI rewards and recognition programs to launch soon

Two new award and recognition programs will take effect in June 2013: the Semi Annual Team Awards (SATA) and the Manager’s Discretionary Awards (MDA).

SATA will recognize outstanding contribution and performance by an IRRI team, while MDA will empower IRRI managers to recognize and reward single instances of extraordinary work performance. These programs originated from staff feedback and have been developed through detailed consultation with staff.

Learn more about these programs by reading the brochures for SATA and MDA or by attending the HRS information sessions to be delivered at HQ on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, 15 May / 9:00 am -10:00 am / Seminar Room, Harrar Hall
  • Friday, 17 May / 9:00 am -10:00 am / Umali Room A, B or C
  • Monday, 20 May / 10:00 am -11:00 am / Seminar Room, Harrar Hall
  • Tuesday, 21 May / 10:00 am -11:00 am / Seminar Room, Harrar Hall
  • Thursday, 23 May / 10:00 am -11:00 am / Seminar Room, Harrar Hall
  • Friday, 24 May / 10:00 am -11:00 am / Seminar Room, Harrar Hall
All are welcome to attend; live feeds will be available to IRRI country offices.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

HRS to review IRRI's approach to Professional Service contracts

In recent years, IRRI has seen rapid growth in the numbers of people being engaged on Professional Service contracts. Professional Service (PS) contractors join us to provide short-term professional inputs. They should not complete on-going operational work which would more appropriately be completed by staff on fixed-term or open-ended contracts.

Beginning in May, HRS will review IRRI's approach to PS contracts to identify the most appropriate way to meet IRRI's short-term human resource needs, while also making sure that we adhere to Board-approved policies and remain in line with local labor laws. As usual, HRS will consult widely with staff and supervisors in the development of new guidelines. While the review is ongoing, HRS will continue to issue Professional Service contracts in line with current policy up until 31 August 2013.

It is anticipated that a set of updated PS guidelines will be available in September 2013.

Questions related to Professional Service contracts may be forwarded to Nida Reyes at n.reyes@irri.org or at HQ ext. 2215.