ORC Global Development Consultants

  • Curtis Grund
  • John Palien
  • Catherine McMenamin

Curtis GrundCurtis B. Grund is a vice president in ORC Worldwide’s International Compensation Services and Global Compensation practice areas. In this role, he provides consulting support to multinational corporations and other international organizations—both nongovernmental and multilateral—in the development and administration of their international human resources programs. Mr. Grund has managed projects with leading international relief and development organizations, global advertising agency networks, major multilateral institutions, and faith-based mission organizations. Mr. Grund manages ORC’s Missionary Compensation practice, a practice unique to ORC among leading global human resources consultancies, which advises missionary organizations on the remuneration of their expatriate population and appropriate policies and practices. He is a member of the ORC seminar team that runs training sessions throughout the year for international human resources managers.

Mr. Grund recently led the benchmarking portion of a large, comprehensive compensation project for the African Development Bank and in the course of that work was involved in gathering practice data from the International Monetary Fund, the Islamic Development Bank, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. In addition, he is the lead consulting contact in support of ORC’s provision of international cost-of-living and/or housing data to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has built an international policies and practices survey for international staff in the International Non-Governmental (INGO) sector from scratch over a period of four years from zero participants to over 40 in 2007.

Prior to coming to ORC, Mr. Grund spent nine years at the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. His responsibilities involved the mission personnel function for more than 2,000 persons in 60 different countries. Mr. Grund’s job duties included the development, implementation, and interpretation of policy for employment practices, staffing, human resource development, compensation and benefits, HRIS, employee relations, and health and security. He also was senior member of a team charged with reengineering the mission personnel function of the organization. In addition, Mr. Grund has another eight years of experience in management of nonprofit organizations in the arts and in the health care industry.

Mr. Grund received an M.P.A. degree from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University with a specialization in international management. He graduated from Colorado College with a B.S. degree in history/political science. Mr. Grund is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a professional certification granted by the Human Resources Certification Institute, which is associated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He is also a member of SHRM and the SHRM Global Forum.

John PalienJohn M. Palien, director, Global Development Sector consulting for ORC Worldwide, has extensive experience in international human resources/compensation, specializing in the NGO and nonprofit areas. In his current role, he has served clients that include Asia Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Initiative, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and International Food Policy Research Institute. His recent assignments include market analysis of expatriate base pay and allowances for international program staff; market analysis and structure design for a multifocal (scientific / policy advocacy / program implementation) staff; and market analysis for applied economic research staff positions.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as Manager, Global Recruitment/ Compensation/HR Management Systems & International Programs for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which has annual revenues of more than $600 million. During his over five-year tenure, he managed the salary administration of over 400 domestic, 400 expatriate, and 4,500 national staff members in more than 99 countries.

A leader within the global INGO human resources/compensation community, Mr. Palien was a founding member of the sectoral steering committee for ORC’s INGO international staff compensation and practices survey. He also acted as one of CRS’s representatives to the Emergency Capacity Building project, a major initiative in the sector funded by the Gates Foundation.

Previously, Mr. Palien was Director, Compensation and Performance Management at USinternetworking, Inc., a start-up application service provider and now a subsidiary of AT&T. In addition, he has worked in several private-sector industries: high tech, specialty-chemical, medical devices, government contracting, and compensation consulting. His prior employers include Calgon Corporation; Cordis Corporation – a Johnson & Johnson Company; Coulter/Beckman Corporation; Honeywell Federal Systems; William M. Mercer, Inc.; and, The World Bank.

Mr. Palien holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the American University’s School of International Studies. He is a Certified Compensation Professional from WorldatWork.

Catherine McMenaminCatherine McMenamin, a consultant in ORC’s Global Development Sector consulting practice, which provides HR and compensation services to the not for profit sector, is based in ORC’s London office. In this role, she has become a key advisor to multiple NGO clients on all areas of international and local reward, expatriation, and human resources management. She also consults on local compensation and salary structure projects within the sector for INGOs that have multi-country presence. In addition, Ms McMenamin organises the European segment of ORC’s survey on Reward in International NGOs (RINGO) which examines expatriate compensation and practice amongst many of the main Europe- and U.S.-based agencies, thus giving her insight into developments in the sector and an ongoing working relationship with People-In-Aid to assist these organisations, and a strong knowledge of functions and roles pertinent to these organisations.

Recent projects have included: a review of local and expatriate reward, as well as career management and policy, across 12 countries throughout Asia Pacific and Africa, a salary banding exercise in 3 key but disparate markets, a job evaluation and salary banding review in Asia, input on exchange rate management for reward in light of the economic downturn for locals and expatriates globally, key role job pricings across industry and location, and various expatriate policy, housing, COLA and contract administration reviews. Since 2008 she has played a key role within the management team of the LiNGO Survey (Local Salary Surveys for the NGO Community), aimed at developing local staff salary and benefit surveys in up to 140 countries worldwide. And, most recently, she has been engaged as a speaker at a number of INGO and other forums and meetings, particularly on the topic of local and expatriate reward and also the forthcoming Equal Pay legislation changes.

Prior to joining ORC, Ms McMenamin worked for Diageo Ireland (previously GuinnessUDV) as a recruitment specialist in Dublin and a HR generalist in Belfast. During this period, she undertook responsibility for a wide range of HR processes and projects, including graduate and other recruitment, compensation and benefits, policy development and implementation, with particular emphasis on employment law and best practice, especially in the area of equality. This led to her representing the company in a number of local forums and to Equality Commission level. Subsequent to this engagement, she took some time out to work and travel in Australia, the United States, and Canada, and became involved in a project with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in a departmental restructure, as well as implementation of talent management and career pathing within the bank’s IT headquarters.

Ms McMenamin studied at Trinity College Dublin achieving a B.A. Honours in History.



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Curtis Grund or John Palien
ORC Worldwide US

Catherine McMenamin
ORC Worldwide Europe
+44 20 7591 5600