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.
Linking and Learning Coordinator
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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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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Roving Grant Officer 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
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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Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Officer
Lina comes to Voice with knowledge in the fields of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, social and market research. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics, a Master’s degree in International Political Economy of Development and her experience ranges from survey construction to project management. She has worked in the Oxfam International confederation for 5 years and decided to focus more on monitoring and evaluation to support the organization and its partners increase their program effectiveness and amplify their impact. Her most recent work was around building a monitoring and evaluation framework for Oxfam’s humanitarian programme in Greece, with a specific focus on developing a direct accountability mechanism for refugee and migrant communities. A political economist by training and a theatre enthusiast by passion, Lina is particularly interested in exploring and testing new and innovative participatory methods to evaluate how transformational change actually happens.
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Regional Roving Grant Officer Asia
Zack graduated with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations in the hope of working on development issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Accidentally landing in the higher education sector, he specialised in educational development, learner-centred design, and teaching and learning with technology. Having a keen interest in the intersection of individual participation, new forms of expression and technology, Zack pursued a Master's degree in urban development, focusing on how policy-makers learn and adapt new ideas in their own context. He has since worked in areas such as compliance in government procurement, eco-city policy movements and rural livelihood vulnerabilities. He started as the Linking, Learning, and Communications Officer for Voice Indonesia and Philippines, connecting different partners together to facilitate learning between them. He is currently the Regional Roving Grant Officer for Asia.
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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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Fatuma Matemu is a passionate Human Rights Champion with years of experience working in the development sector. Fatuma has worked for a variety of organisations on Women’s Empowerment, Sexual, Reproductive and Health rights, Human rights as well as animal welfare in relation to livelihoods. Her roles have always been around movement building, lobbying and networking, programme development and design as well as behavioral communications which has become her niche. She holds a bachelor’s degree on community development and a Masters in international studies ( Relationships).
Fatuma loves to interact with people from different backgrounds and listen to their stories. She hopes to see a world that embraces all human rights one day.
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Roving Monitoring and Evaluation Officer - Africa
Omar holds a Master's degree in Information Technology from the University of Management Science and Technology of Benin and a Certificate of Proficiency in English from TAS School of Ghana. Previously he worked as a Project Assistant with the NGO Peactech Lab under a USAID-funded programme to counter violent extremism in the Sahel.
Omar joined Voice two years ago as a Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant for the Voice team in Niger. He has developed skills in project management, monitoring and evaluation by using the tools of technology to collect and analyse data, with a focus on social accountability. Omar is now the Roving Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Africa and is the only member of the Voice Global coordination team to reside in a French-speaking country.
Omar is convinced that discriminated and marginalised populations can and must play an important role in the socio-economic and cultural development of their communities and that through Voice the voices of the most marginalised can be raised and heard.
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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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