The coordination team guarantees down- and upward accountability, support to country teams, oversight and provides a framework and guidelines for coherence and strategic direction. It ensures local to global, global to local and local to local linking and learning, and builds and protects branding and positioning of Voice. The team establishes partnerships and provides grants to regional and global actors.
Voice Linking and Learning Coordinator, Hivos
Inez brings almost 30 years of experience as development practitioner, the majority of which in Africa. After her studies in Cultural Anthropology, Inez joined Medicins Sans Frontieres, devoting 10 years to emergency logistics and coordination. To broaden her scope, Inez switched to programme management and capacity development and specialised in gender, organisational capacity strengthening and participatory facilitation. Partly as a consultant as well as employee, Inez worked with Hivos, Oxfam Novib, CARE, Cordaid, SOS Kinderdorpen amongst others. The work exposed her to a large variety of civil society organisations, including informal groups. Often related to people discriminated by gender, age, HIV and/or sexual orientation. She managed a grant facility for community based organisations in Northern Mozambique and is founding member of two local non-governmental organisations. Inez loves facilitating multi stakeholder processes, self-assessments and learning trajectories all with the aim to connect people.
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Voice Finance Coordinator, Oxfam Novib
Clemens has a longstanding experience in development co-operation both in the Netherlands and abroad and has been working for over 18 years with Oxfam Novib as a (senior) financial officer. He has extensive knowledge of donor stipulations, contract management and compliance monitoring including internal and external audits. This includes major multilateral donors: EU and UN agencies, bilateral donors (Dutch MoFa, Sida, Norad, GIZ, Danida, Finnida) and major foundations (Ford, Hewlett, Comic Relief, Ikea). He has worked in many of the target countries for Voice including Kenya, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda, Philippines and more remote support with the Oxfam country offices in Laos, Indonesia and Cambodia. As finance officer in Oxfam Novib’s Global Programmes team he worked with some of the major global actors in the thematic areas of Voice. Clemens is an internal auditor for Oxfam Novib and key user of accounting programmes and other MIS programmes / ERP-systems (SAP).
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Voice Regional Roving Grant Officer Africa, Hivos East Africa
Ruth Njambi Kimani wants to live in a world filled with lovers of human and social change makers. As a social and health communication practitioner, she has worked in the NGO world for over ten years’, building expertise in strategic behaviour communication, programme development and management on social development, women empowerment, youth and health, sexual rights and diversity. Nobody can silence Ruth when it comes to discussions around topics that are commonly referred to as sensitive. She holds a Master Degree in Project Planning and Management (MA-PPM) and currently works for as the Roving Grant Coordinator for Voice in Africa.
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Marinke van Riet
Voice Programme Manager, Oxfam Novib
Marinke is a passionate activist who has over 20 years experience in advocating for social justice in the areas of inclusive economic growth, natural resource governance and sexual health rights mainly in Africa. An anthropologist by training she worked in microfinance for a New York-based organisation in amongst others Mali and Niger, in accessibility and mobility for a global transport network and as a Country Director for Marie Stopes in Madagascar and Ghana working on sexual and reproductive health rights and provision. Between 2011 and 2016 Marinke led Publish What You Pay (PWYP), hosted by Open Society Foundation in London and led the coalition to register as an independent entity. PWYP is a global civil society movement that campaigns for transparency and accountability in the gas, oil and mining industry. Marinke is a geek for creative strategies, inclusive governance and accountability as in her opinion the latter two are amongst the key root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice. For Marinke Voice offers a unique opportunity to combine all her passions in one job as well as return to her country of birth, a country where she grew up but immediately left upon finishing her education (18 years ago!).
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Voice Project Officer, Oxfam Novib
Arisa is trained in multi-disciplinary and inter-cultural approaches within the realm of sexuality, gender and development, social justice, human rights, and governance. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, majoring in Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspective at the International Institute of Social Studies. She started as intern for the Voice Coordination Team in The Hague and later on worked with Voice as a consultant practicing her knowledge on data management, technical support, and operational processes of the team. She might be the youngest in the team, but her passion and interest in the Voice groups are on fire!
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Regional Program and Grant Support Officer - Asia
Garry is a development practitioner with a decade of experience in operations and project management support services, 6 of those years with foreign-funded programmes providing technical and administrative support in the implementation of various investments in health (through The Global Fund), education and anti-human trafficking initiatives (through Australia’s DFAT).
In performing his previous duties, Garry was given opportunities to attend a couple of events and activities held internationally, including his participation in the training provided by the UN Institute for Training and Research and CIFAL Jeju on "Victim-Centered Approach in Asia Pacific Region" which was held in South Korea. He was 1 of 24 representatives from the Asia-Pacific Region.
Garry is a Civil Service Professional in his country, which led his way to government office, on coterminous, at the beginning of his career. He is also an HIV Counsellor trained by the Philippines Department of Health and has done a number of individual counselling sessions in the past.
Garry majored in Business Management but he thought life has led him to a different path. He has spent the past 10 years working with people and developed a broad understanding not really of business, but of “development organizations and the people” – a great experience which he now calls his “business of helping others”.
He enjoys dancing and has voluntarily taught kids and young at hearts some dance moves!
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Voice External Amplifier, Hivos East Africa
Jura is a multilingual communications professional who has honed his skills as a producer and director for seven years, working in various countries across Africa with LBx Africa. He is immensely moved by stories that have an impact at a local level and that resonate with audiences at the global level. He is keen to test ideas and bring on board unheard voices into meaningful conversations that are devoid of discrimination and uphold human rights.
Jura has worked with notable inter-governmental organisations such as the UNDP, UNESCO, International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – West African Regional Office, and NGOs such as Plan International. In addition he has worked for corporate companies in East Africa like the Standard Media Group, Securex East Africa Limited among a host of others to aid effective and efficient communications. All these he has done in fluent English, French, and Swahili.
For the last two and half years, he worked with LBx Africa as part of the Voice Linking and Learning facilitator for Kenya and Tanzania. Here he brought together creative and innovative ideas that enriched the capacities of different Voice partners and grantees before joining the Coordination team as the Voice Amplifier Officer - External in October 2020. In this role he is responsible for all social media channels plus to advance on the overall strategy and French engagement.
He holds a degree in linguistics, media and communication, and mastery in people interaction at the grassroots level.
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Voice Roving Monitoring and Evaluation Officer - Asia, Oxfam Laos
Alex joined the Voice coordination team as Roving Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for Asia in June 2021. Previously, his interest to support civil society groups led him to assignments with Oxfam, through which he joined the Voice country teams in both Laos and Cambodia. In the years before, he has worked with development and humanitarian organisations that tackle issues around formal and non-formal education as well as rural livelihoods in Laos, Cambodia and in Myanmar. Alex wrote his thesis on how social inequality relates to access to quality education in rural areas. He enjoys working in the countryside and to inquire into how learning new things can help those facing big challenges to lead on bringing about big changes. When not working, Alex likes to explore the world through movies, photography as well as travel whenever possible.
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