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A local affiliate can be an in-country university or non-governmental organization (NGO), among others. In this arrangement, the staff members are employees of the local organization, and the administrative requirements associated with their employment are the responsibility of the local organization.

Considering this option early can make it easier to fold staff into services provided by existing subcontractors or local service providers, and correctly set expectations for the employees.

Working with a local partner to employ local nationals—and in some cases U.S. expats or TCNs—can be significantly simpler than hiring staff directly and less expensive than other options. This option works best when planned through a local partner involved in the project or for projects already familiar with a local partner. One challenge is that the local partner may not be able to sponsor visas for expats or TCNs, so only local nationals may be hired.


  • Fast implementation relative to other options
  • Affiliate responsible for tax and labor law compliance
  • Limited risk to Tufts University
  • Affiliate Admin Fee is typically less than other options
  • Ideal for star-up option in a new country


  • Visa sponsorship may not be available
  • No Tufts affiliation
  • Little to no control over benefits

Budget Considerations

  • Salary
  • Employer-owed taxes
  • Employer-sponsored benefits or allowances (i.e. health insurance, housing)
  • If applicable: Partner’s monthly administrative fee
  • If applicable: Visa sponsorship fees

Next steps

Please contact Global Operations for more information on this option.