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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

SOS Children’s Villages International supports orphaned and abandoned children across the World. The organization’s mission is to build families for children in need, while helping them to shape their own futures and sharing in the development of their communities. SOS Children’s Villages provides a safe home; healthy meals and medical care; a family environment with a loving SOS mother; schooling and emergency relief in crisis situations.

SOS has been a partner of the Secondment Program since 2015. To date, 13 J&J employees shared their skills and experiences with the NGO in long-term (4-6 months) secondment roles in the field of Family Based Care, Primary Care, Leadership & Innovation and Mother and Child Health. This year, one traditional and one lion secondee will use their talent for good to support the SOS organization in the field of Family Based Care. Our traditional secondee will focus on maintaining and further supporting the psycho-social assistance to parents, further reinforcing the family bonds by providing the opportunity to receive professional guidance and support to self-growth, becoming resilient and re-gain confidence regarding their parenting role. Our lion secondee will focus on developing a strategy for the alignment of the SOS Medical Center at SOS Children’s Villages, Liberia.

Measuring the quality of services to provide continuous improvement of care

Côte d’Ivoire was once one of the most prosperous countries in Africa, but over the last decades the prosperity of the area has declined and in 2016 it was listed 172 out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index


Bringing Stories to Life

As a data analysis specialist at Janssen Russia, Marat Guriev’s role was to develop branded data visuals about the realities for children and youth at risk of neglect, abuse or abandonment for use within the NGO’s annual report and other materials. His six month secondment at the NGO’s head office in Vienna in 2017, involved mining data to make it informative, accessible and share worthy, with the focus on empowering decision-makers to champion effective development strategies for children, young people and families at risk.

All secondees are coached during their secondments by our coaching community, a team of retired J&J senior executives who give their time for free to support the secondees on their journey. Marat was coached by Joerg Gerber, former HR Director, Janssen Supply Chain Global, who shared his 19 years of experience at Johnson & Johnson with Marat, to add even more value to the NGO.

Since 2014, 23 J&J seondees have been promoted or had a career development on their return to J&J.

Joerg Gerber

My role as Marat’s coach was to be a sounding board and `sparring partner’ and to support Marat in reaching his goals, namely to make an impact and deliver results to the NGO, but also to help him benefit personally and professionally from this experience.

Joerg Gerber, Former HR Director
Janssen Supply Chain Global and Secondment Program Executive Coach
(19 year career at Johnson & Johnson)

Leveraging the experience of retired J&J senior executives to add further value

Learn how Johnson & Johnson is bringing the knowledge and experience of retired senior J&J  executives back into the business through executive coaching within the Johnson & Johnson Secondment Program.

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Meet the Faces of Africa’s Next Economy: An Interview with SOS Children’s Villages Alumnus Paul Njoroge.
By Peter Monk

When I first learned about the Johnson & Johnson Secondment Program, I knew it was something I had to do.

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Trust Talks with: Josi Wey

Josi Wey from Johnson & Johnson Consumer in Germany was the first secondee assigned to SOS Children’s Villages International where she supported the Save my Mother cervical cancer awareness campaign in The Gambia in 2016.

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