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Global Recruitment Specialists – Founded in 1993.

Global Recruitment Specialists (GRS) was founded in 1993 by Patrick Shields as an independent recruitment firm providing personalized, customized, comprehensive, human resource services for non-governmental organizations with international operations in developing countries. 

Over recent decades we have seen the world become a true global village. GRS receives calls from international organizations around the world in need of experienced, upper-level, professional assistance. 

These requests range from assembling dozens of disaster relief experts with just 72 hours notice, to hiring a senior administrator, to implementing a $12 million agribusiness project. The needs have become more prevalent and the required time frames have become increasingly accelerated. 

To tackle these tough recruiting challenges, international organizations are turning to Global Recruitment Specialists for high-quality, experienced, international applicant sourcing. Addressing such complex staffing needs requires access to highly skilled professionals -- and the background and knowledge to fill positions at every level of our client organizations.

GRS has successfully demonstrated the ability to bring job seekers and clients together.

The strength of GRS is in our personalized service and our access to the "unadvertised" international development job market. The Client List of GRS is comprised of major international organizations. (See 
Client List) GRS recruiters know and speak with the hiring managers in these major international agencies and the senior agency staff who make strategic decisions about future directions and staffing needs.

Our recruiters have international work experience, and a good understanding of international issues. We understand the applicant side of the human resources paradigm. We have firsthand knowledge of the difficulty of finding an ideal position and we can assist you in identifying assignments that will make the best use of your skills and experience

All of the GRS Associates are working for you.

Patrick Shields is the Executive Director and CFO of Global Recruitment Specialists. An accomplished recruiter and manager with demonstrated operational ability to administer human resource services to decentralized worldwide offices, he has recognized expertise in high volume, multinational, hands-on recruiting and staffing.

Patrick was the Manager of Recruitment & Staffing with CARE International in New York City for seven years, the Director of Admissions of Saint Joseph's College in Brooklyn New York, a Recruiter with the Peace Corps in New York City, and a water and sanitation Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya in the early 1980s. Patrick has lived in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Patrick is based in Connecticut.


Jill Solomon is a Senior Recruiter and has been with GRS since 1993. 

Jill has successfully managed and recruited for over 500 positions in the fields of health care, conservation, education, business, communications and fundraising.

Prior to her work at GRS, Jill was a Research Coordinator in Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, a Recruiter and Latin America Assistant with CARE International in New York City, and a Health Projects Consultant in Quito, Ecuador with CARE. She also served as a Community Development Extension Worker with the Peace Corps in Honduras and was the Assistant to the Director of the New York City office of The Experiment in International Living.

Jill has her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and her AB in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. In addition, Jill is fluent in Spanish. Jill is based in New Jersey. 

Helena Brykarz
 has been a Recruiter with GRS since 2005. 

Helena has proven herself to be an accomplished and successful GRS recruiter able to assist clients with their recruitment needs across all program sectors and at all staffing levels. As a Program Executive for the Goldman Environmental Foundation, Helena helped develop the world’s largest international prize for grassroots environmentalists and researched hundreds of environmental leaders around the world. She was also responsible for awarding grants of nearly six million dollars through the Goldman Fund to NGOs focusing on international environmental and human rights issues. She served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and worked for Peace Corps Recruitment in New York, both as a recruiter and an administrator. Helena has a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She speaks Polish, French and Russian. Helena is based in California.



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Type Recruitment
Headquarters USA
Company Size 100
Founded 1993