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Senior Expert Service

Logo: Senior Experten Service (SES)The Senior Expert Service (SES) is a foun­da­tion set up by Ger­many's pri­vate sec­tor. It is the lead­ing Ger­man orga­ni­sa­tion to place re­tired tech­ni­cal and man­ag­er­ial staff in assign­ments overseas.

The SES makes it possible to har­ness the tech­ni­cal ex­perience of individuals who have re­tired from professional life, and to use it for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. These SES& ex­perts con­cen­trate on re­solv­ing acute tech­ni­cal or bu­si­ness prob­lems in small and medium-sized enter­prises. How­ever, its clients also include public in­sti­tu­tions, local authorities and non-profit bodies. Through their work, local per­sonnel can also re­ceive train­ing and further training.

Since it was founded in 1983, the SES has conducted nearly 30,000 assign­ments in 160 coun­tries.

An SES assignment generally lasts at least three weeks, but never more than six months. The client in the counter­part coun­try where the ex­pert is being placed is, as a general rule, expected to pay the costs of the assign­ment. If this proves im­pos­si­ble, BMZ funds can be used to pay part of the costs. In 2012, the BMZ con­tri­but­ed some 6 mil­lion euros to support SES assignments.

Since 1 January 2012, funds for the Service have been trans­ferred to SES via the non-profit-making body, Global Civic En­gage­ment – Service point for de­vel­op­ment initiatives.

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Senior Expert Service (SES)

Buschstraße 2
D-53113 Bonn

Phone: +49 / 228 / 260 90-0
Fax: +49 / 228 / 260 90-77

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