World Animal Protection paid out more than £230,000 to a single staff member in "exceptional salary and redundancy costs" after the closure of its office in Colombia in South America.
The payout is highlighted in the charity’s annual report and accounts for the year to December 2013. The charity, which employs 341 people worldwide, carries out animal protection and rescue work from regional hubs in Africa, Asia, Europe and America and has offices in 15 countries.
It had an annual income of nearly £28m in the financial year to December of 2013, up from nearly £25m the year before.
A spokeswoman for the charity said in a statement: "The Colombian office was closed following a comprehensive review of the region, when a decision was made to implement a more streamlined structure in Latin America. This closure will ensure that we use our donors and supporters’ money as efficiently and as responsibly as possible, so that we can concentrate our efforts on protecting more animals across the continent. This redundancy payment was made to a long-serving senior member of staff in line with the Colombian statutory requirement for redundancy."
The payout represents the largest single payment to a staff member in 2013. According to the accounts, 14 staff members were paid between £60,000 and £69,999, two received between £110,000 and £119,999 and a further two received between £120,000 and £129,999.
In 2011, Amnesty International was forced to issue a public apology to its members over a confidential golden handshake payment totalling £850,000 to its former general secretary Irene Khan and her deputy Kate Gilmore.