Let’s Talk About Work

Work has never stopped evolving and we’ve been studying it for decades. We have studied the interconnectivity of jobs that makes teams teams; we know what it means to build multidisciplinary organizations and to celebrate everyone’s contribution to the mission. We have the tools.

We can help you.

We’ve Been Where You Are

We know that working in HR is not easy. The Human Resources function must constantly uphold the integrity of organizational policy, build cohesion across the workforce, and align capacity to mission. We’ve been in your shoes. Our principal consultants have worked as HR professionals for some of the largest, most complex global employers in the world. We’re ready to help.

“We see Birches Group as our strategic partners — more than just a consultant. It’s not just about the numbers, there’s a conversation behind it.”

— Carla Lazarte, Head of People and Organizational Development, International Potato Center

About Our Name

The inspiration for the Birches Group name comes from the poetry of Robert Frost. In Frost’s poetry, much imagery is taken from nature including those of birch trees. Birch trees are distinctive. They are not among the largest trees in the forest, but they are among the most distinctive, flexible, and hardy. In our work with clients, we understand that organizations are not static entities, but living communities. Like a forest, organizations need to find flexibility, diversity, and a capacity of sustained renewal to remain healthy and vibrant.

“So was I once myself a swinger of birches. 
And so I dream of going back to be. 
It’s when I’m weary of considerations, 
And life is too much like a pathless wood…. 
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.”– Robert Frost

About Our Team

The Birches Group Team provides a unique combination of hands-on experience, broad-based knowledge in managing international human resources programs, and designing and implementing innovative and practical policies at some significant global institutions.

GARY MCGILLICUDDY

Managing Partner

LARS SANDGREN

Partner

LULU BELEN

Partner

JEFFREY SLATER

Partner

WARREN HEAPS

Partner

BEA BARTOLOME

Manager, Consulting and Project Management

PHILLIP MANALO

Manager, Design and Strategy

CURTIS GRUND

Senior Consultant, International Development

JANIX MACATANGAY

Manager, Business Development — Multisector and Client Services

RYAN SORBITO

Manager, IT

CAREL ARIOLA

Manager, Corporate Services

MANCEL FRANCISCO
Manager and Sr. Consultant, Compensation Design
PATRICK CENON

Manager and Senior Consultant, Organization Design

PATRICIA BIANCA VALENCIA

Senior Specialist, Marketing

NEIL CORVITE
Senior Associate, Compensation Design
DANIELLE DEVERAS

Manager, Survey Operations

VITTO ANTONIO

Manager, Consulting and Projects

KATE DEIPARINE

Manager, Product Development

MICHAEL YAP

Senior Developer, IT

CHERISH OCULAR

Senior Business Applications Programmer

TIMMY DE LEMOS

Team Lead, Business Development – NGO

MARIA SHEILA DELARIARTE

Team Lead, Business Development – NGO

JOSEF AYSON

Team Lead, Business Development – Multisector for Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

KIPP PASCUAL

Team Lead, Business Development – Multisector for Europe, the Middle East and Africa

ANNA OGAD

Team Lead, Survey Operations, Middle East and North Africa

JOSEPHINE ANDAL

Team Lead, Survey Operations, West Africa

MAGGIE LIM

Team Lead – Survey Operations, East Africa

TONEE BAUTISTA

Team Lead, Survey Operations, Asia and Oceania

ALEXIS POLICARPIO

Team Lead – Survey Operations, Europe

STEPHANIE REYES

Team Lead – Survey Operations, Latin America and the Caribbean

Read Our Latest Insights

Explore our Insights library to see our latest thought pieces, articles, data, and best practices in the integrated workforce management for the international development community.

Measuring Skills
BIRCHES GROUP’S COMMUNITY™ SKILLS MODEL

Finally, organizations can do away with the outdated traditional methods of time-based steps on a fixed calendar schedule and the muddled approach of merit increases. Community™ Skills makes it possible for managers to measure skills, knowledge, and experience through explicit stages and indicators making this one of the most innovative…

Measuring Skills
WHY YOU NEED TO ASSESS THE SKILLS OF YOUR EMPLOYEES

Assessing the skills of your staff will also greatly support your organization’s strategies around capacity building and career development. Knowing the skill level of your entire workforce enables managers to identify and create the necessary initiatives that will help close existing skills gaps and facilitate the movement of staff, either…

Scale Design
BUILDING YOUR SCALE: IMPLENTING YOUR NEW SCALE

Now that your salary scale and benefits package is ready, the final step is implementing your new scale and communicating the changes to your teams. Equipped with your analysis and overall cost implications against your budget, you will now need to secure the necessary approval from management.

About Our Strategic Partners

Our global scope can help you reach the local talent you need. We have built an extensive network with international and local HR and business/industry associations, constantly expanding opportunities to serve our clients and deepening relationships with our partner organizations.

Explore Our Careers

See what it’s like to work with a group of highly analytical and creative individuals who like collaborating with people and are curious about what drives work in the different corners of the world.

About Our Team

We’d love to hear from you about how we can help your organization thrive in your development efforts.