Willem v.

Experience

Senior Partnerships Coordinator (working remotely from the Netherlands)
Nile Sustainable Development Organization (NSDO), Juba, South Sudan
South Sudan
January-2021 - Present

Resource mobilization and strategic development. Represent NSDO, set up and maintain partnerships, understand donor priorities and funding trends, proposal development and capacity building of colleagues. Member of the South Sudan NGO Forum and regularly attend security meetings.

Regional Director Africa
BORDA, Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Tanzania, United Republic Of
December-2018 - July-2020

Regional Director Africa
BORDA Afrika representative in ‘BORDA Global Directorate’ (BORDA Board of Directors)

Head of BORDA in Africa and responsible for developing and implementing the Africa program strategy focusing on Decentralized (off-grid) Wastewater Treatment Systems, decentralized solid waste management, City Sanitation Planning and livable city projects. Overall lead of teams and responsible for all operational activities in Tanzania, Zambia, Lesotho, and South Africa and for developing additional activities in other African countries. To that effect, developed internal capacities and provided inspirational guidance to the teams and ensured compliance with the different donor-financed projects according to all relevant regulations including timely qualitative reporting. Liaising and networking with high-level stakeholders at national and international level and actively acquiring additional project funds from national and international donors and other sources. Managing a portfolio of projects with an annual turnover of 1.5 million € and a team of 40 staff based in 4 country offices.

Represent BORDA Africa in the 'BORDA Global Directorate' and co-responsible for the development of cross-regional strategies and cooperation within BORDA.

Country Director South Sudan
Dorcas Aid International, Wau, South Sudan
South Sudan
January-2014 - November-2018

Head of Dorcas South Sudan and responsible for the development and realization of the country strategic plan through direct implementation and through partnership and cooperation with local and international organizations. Developed and managed the organization from 1 office with 20 staff and an annual budget of 400,000 € at the start to within 2 years a portfolio with an annual turnover of 3 million € and a team of over 150 staff based in 5 offices, including 4 satellite offices. Lead, oversaw and provided strategic direction to the development, implementation and evaluation of high quality programs and projects focusing on protection, health, food security and livelihoods, nutrition, WASH, vocational training and economic development, relief, peace and reconciliation, and community managed disaster risk reduction. Ensured effective dialogue, communication and sharing of ideas within the organization and capacitating staff. Developed and implemented finance, logistic and security policies and procedures, and ensured the well-being and safety of people and goods.

Coordinator WASH
Dorcas Aid International, Andijk the Netherlands
Netherlands
August-2013 - December-2013

Coordinate WASH projects in Eastern Europe and Africa, policy development, capacity building and institutional fundraising.

Senior Advisor & Consultant Water
Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences, Professional Match bv, Wageningen; Grontmij bv, Houten; Aveco de Bondt bv, Rijssen & Freelance, based in the Netherlands
Netherlands
August-2008 - July-2013

Proposal development, project implementation, control and evaluation in the fields of water and natural resource management. Ground and surface water modeling. Working with and for international and nongovernmental organizations, different authorities, among which water boards, municipalities and provinces, consultancy firms, contractors and project developers.

Program manager/Team leader
Community Based Health Initiatives (CBHI) Dodoma, Tanzania
Tanzania, United Republic Of
July-2004 - July-2008

Donor: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Implementer: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – International Services, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2006-2007)

Implementer: World Neighbors, Nairobi, Kenya and Oklahoma, USA (2004-2006)

End responsible at country level for initiating, designing and developing the organization and program. In collaboration with the donor, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the implementer determined the vision and strategic direction. Designed, managed and evaluated the multi-stakeholder program, which was based on stimulating community initiatives and training the corresponding community initiatives’ representatives. Developed and implemented strategic, operational and budget plans. Responsible for the total human resource and financial management, including reporting. Managing a total program portfolio of 2.5 million €, a team of 20 staff based in 3 offices including 2 satellite offices. Initiated the organization and program in 2004. In 2006/2007 the program comprised 145 projects, mainly in the fields of WASH, HIV/AIDS and malaria in combination with a business-oriented nature for sustainability, implemented in different locations throughout three districts of the Dodoma region in Tanzania.

Senior Organization Advisor and Lecturer Water & Coordinator Consultancy Services Section
Arba Minch Water Technology Institute (AWTI), Arba Minch, Ethiopia and the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV-Ethiopia)
Ethiopia
July-1997 - June-2004

Lecturing, training, curriculum development and supervising projects in the fields of water resources management, including access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Personal advisor for different student batches at diploma and B.Sc. levels and responsible for social welfare coaching.

Setting up and coaching an advisory services department in order for the institute to serve clients to deal with community-based water supply and sanitation, environmental issues and to generate additional income for the institute. This included acquisition: representing, networking and building on existing relations for acquiring clients and soliciting for funds.

Undertook five different consultancies in various areas of Ethiopia in the positions of team leader/manager and advisor. In several of these consultancies I involved students from the Hydrology and Irrigation departments of the institute.

Responsible for the SNV-AWTI program budget of approximately 400,000 € annually.

Geohydrologist
Tauw Milieu BV, Deventer
Netherlands
January-1993 - June-1997
Statistical Geohydrologist
National Institute for Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM), Bilthoven
Netherlands
August-1991 - December-1992
Lecturer & practical training supervisor
Department for Computer Sciences Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen
Netherlands
August-1989 - July-1991

Education

Professional Bus driver
E & R Education, Nieuwegein
Netherlands
June-2023 - Present

Professional Bus driver, Driving License D, code 95 (Bus: 32 seater and 66 stand places; Touring bus: 36-60 seats).
This training includes an intensive and extensive mechanical component.

Tropical Land and Water Use, BSc & MSc
Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Netherlands
August-1986 - July-1990
Officers Training Royal Marines, Propaedeutic
Royal Institute for the Navy
Netherlands
August-1984 - July-1986
Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Propaedeutic
Wageningen University
Netherlands
August-1982 - July-1984