Nuffic Neso South Africa - Development & Partnerships Manager- Netherlands Education Support office


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • South Africa


For Nuffic’s Netherlands Education Support office (Neso) in South Africa we have an opening for a Development & Partnerships Manager for the Orange Knowledge Programme.


This programme (2017-2022) is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our main objective is to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development by strengthening the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and organisations in the field of Technical, Vocational Education & Training and Higher Education, and in other fields related to our government’s priority themes.

Together with Nuffic’s head office in the Netherlands, Neso South Africa will implement the programme in Southern Africa.

The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) consists of 3 components:

  • Individual scholarships for professionals;
  • Tailor-made group training programmes;
  • Institutional projects. 

International officesare located in countries that are strategically important for Dutch higher education: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

Nuffic Neso South Africa

Nuffic Neso South Africa is an overseas office of Nuffic and part of a worldwide network of Netherlands Education Support Offices that operates in locations of strategic importance for Dutch higher education.

The main activities of Nuffic Neso South Africa are:

  • Capacity development in education;
  • Study in Holland promotion and student counselling for South African students;
  • Providing information on study programmes and internship places for Dutch students in South Africa;
  • Market information and analysis;
  • Holland Alumni network;
  • Project development and management.

What will you be doing?

The Development & Partnerships Manager will work on the inception, development and implementation of OKP in Southern Africa (main countries: South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique). Focus will be on innovating existing instruments and attracting other sources of funding to maximise the impact of OKP activities.

As our new colleague you will contribute to OKP as follows:

  • Initiate, expand and intensify relations in Southern Africa with the government, in education, and with the (Dutch) business society to identify co-funding and project opportunities.
  • Articulate projects, make co-funding arrangements, prepare calls of interest, and provide input in tender and selection processes.
  • Spot opportunities and support programme development and innovative activities within OKP. 
  • Develop ideas into implementable activities.
  • Identify and convert opportunities to make OKP activities and results visible (text/visual, online/print) for all stakeholders.
  • Involve alumni from the Netherlands in OKP activities.
  • Coordinate and facilitate monitoring trips, workshops, meetings, thematic events.
  • Ensure ongoing projects make sufficient progress.

You will report directly to the Regional Director Southern Africa regarding activities and results and you will work closely with colleagues in South Africa, the Netherlands and possibly other relevant countries.

Working for Nuffic

Nuffic is the expertise and service centre for internationalisation in Dutch education, from primary and secondary education to higher professional and academic higher education and research.

We are an independent non-profit service provider established in The Hague to promote the internationalisation of Dutch education and research and to help improve access to education worldwide.


Working for Nuffic means working in an inspiring environment where Dutch government policy is translated to action.

Nuffic has a workforce of about 250. Around 200 people work at the head office in The Hague, while the rest work at our Netherlands Education Support Offices (Nesos) in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.


Nuffic offers its staff a challenging place to work, with an emphasis on teamwork and individual responsibility. The atmosphere is informal, but our focus is firmly on organisational goals and personal development.

Employment terms and benefits

Nuffic offers attractive employment terms, including 8 per cent holiday allowance, 8.3 per cent year-end bonus, a pension scheme and 'pick & mix' benefit options.

Remuneration is in accordance with the collective labour agreement of the Dutch universities. In addition, Nuffic offers personal development opportunities through courses, training and coaching. 

For more information, or to apply

For more information about the position, please contact Mr Mervin Bakker of Nuffic Neso South Africa via +27 (0)12 3460982. Please email your letter of application and CV no later than 25 February 2018 to Nuffic Neso South Africa: mentioning ‘Development & Partnerships Manager’ in the subject line.

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Your qualifications

You are a responsible, proactive and result-driven individual, who combines an entrepreneurial attitude with good communication skills and knowledge of the education sector.

You fulfil the following job requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject;
  • Excellent verbal and written command of English and Portuguese;
  • The knowledge and experience to work with education institutes, government, donor agencies and corporate partners in an international context;
  • Proven experience with proposal writing, project management and reporting procedures;
  • Strong track record with business development in relation to education and research;
  • Knowledge of, and a feel for, international relations and affinity with Dutch-African relations;
  • Entrepreneurial mindset;
  • Able to work in a team with colleagues across borders;
  • Willing and able to work and travel outside regular office hours;
  • You have the right to work legally in South Africa;
  • Strong problem-solving skills and flexibility;
  • Effective communicator with different stakeholders.


Deadline: February 25, 2018

Cost/funding for participants:

Our offer

We can offer you:

  • a dynamic and international work environment;
  • an attractive salary;
  • a one-year contract with an option for extension subject to your performance and financial conditions.
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