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Unique learning opportunity for long-term Partner Aga Khan Foundation

First Reverse Secondment takes place in Janssen Portugal

A new type of J&J Secondment, known as the Reverse Secondment, is being piloted at Janssen Portugal with Rita Batista from the Aga Khan Foundation in Portugal joining the Janssen Human Resource team this week on a four-month secondment to learn more about J&J processes, strategies and ways of working within the HR function.

The Reverse Secondment Program is an innovative new concept which enables NGO partners of J&J to further build and develop their skill sets by taking part in short term secondments within the J&J business. The concept was created as a result of the success of the J&J Secondment Program which offers J&J employees the unique opportunity to share their skills with NGO partners in long-term secondments of up to six months, putting the needs of the NGO first.

Explains Annet Eijkelkamp, Director J&J Global Community Impact EMEA, “The J&J Secondment Program was launched in 2014 and to date 36 J&J employees have taken part in long-term secondments with six of our NGO partners helping to build and strengthen their organisational structures.” She continues, “We are constantly innovating and scaling the Secondment Program to further support those who work on the front lines of delivering care and the Reverse Secondment was developed to meet the needs of our NGO partners.”

Says Maria Faria, HR Lead Janssen Portugal, “This is a unique learning and development opportunity for our NGO partner organisations to work in critical business functions or support functions, such as communication, human resources and finance in a dynamic, multi-national Company.  For J&J, it means we gain exposure to new ways of thinking whilst building and strengthening our NGO partnerships.”


As part of her Reverse Secondment role, Rita who works in HR for the AKF, will set salary scales and remuneration policies; build methods for effective employee performance recognition and identify processes for effective management of administrative and transactional aspects of HR.

Human Resources have always been an area of interest for me because I feel passionate for making people (colleagues) happier and more satisfied at the workplace. Learning from the experience of Johnson & Johnson in Portugal will be a great opportunity both for personal and professional growth and development.” comments Rita Batista, Aga Khan Foundation Portugal, HR Assistant


In total, there will be three potential AKF Reverse Secondments with Janssen Portugal operating in the Financial, Human Resources and Public / External Affairs areas in 2017/2018. These are areas that have been identified by the AKF as critical business development areas. They will also benefit J&J in terms of additional resource at the local level.


Comments from the Aga Khan Foundation

“We are very excited with this new initiative. As we restructure our HR area and improve our internal procedures, we believe that Rita’s exposure to other ways of working, particularly in a big and matured organisation like J&J, will definitely bring us new insights and ultimately will have positive impact on the way we manage our human resources”: Prity Ranchordas, Aga Khan Foundation Portugal, Chief Finance and Operations Officer (CFOO)


“The Foundation is delighted to have Rita taking part in the Reverse Secondment initiative, which will enable us to develop her talent while raising confidence, strengthen internal on-the-job training methods and enhance transferable skills. As an organisation committed to improving the quality of life of people, we invest in our staff which in turn enhances engagement and retention. Thus the growing of this partnership to one more flagship area makes us proud for the trust, shared values and common purpose we keep sharing for the last 15 years globally”: Karim Merali, Aga Khan Foundation Portugal, CEO


For more information on the Johnson & Johnson Secondment Program visit here


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