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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Kayla del Mundo Lapiz
On top of Kayla’s bucket list is to contribute to societal transformation—from one where oppression exists to one that is just, inclusive, and poverty-free. This was added to her list as she became a Development Communication practitioner, initially joining the civil service with a focus on education. The stint sparked in her an interest in the field which turned into a passion. She searched for experience and excitement in the formal teaching arena (and found it!) but later on became more impassioned in vouching for equitable educational opportunities to learners of all ages. She is currently taking her graduate studies in Nonformal Education and continues to advocate for inclusive and collaborative learning as a way to check that item in her bucket list. Kayla is based in Manila at the Hivos office.
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Voice 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 African countries. 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 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.
He worked as part of the Voice Linking and Learning facilitation team 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 in Cambodia
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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Voice Roving Monitoring and Evaluation Officer - Africa, Hivos East Africa
Peris Kariuki is a multilingual Monitoring Evaluation and Learning - MEAL practitioner with experience working on programmes in various contexts. She holds a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action and has an educational background in the fields of diplomacy, international affairs and sustainable development. Prior to joining Voice, Peris worked with Interpeace on peacebuilding programmes focusing on the African Great Lakes (Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo). Peris strives to use her skills to contribute to the effective design, monitoring and evaluation of new and existing interventions for responsive and adaptive programming. She is passionate about the advancement of human security and inclusive sustainable development. Her goal is to contribute to ensuring that every human being has the opportunity and ability to live a dignified and fulfilling life. She loves people and wants to constantly work towards positively impacting lives.
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Voice Programme Manager, Oxfam Novib
Ishita is a feminist activist and human rights practitioner from India. She joins Voice as a programme manager. Over the last 9 years, Ishita has cultivated a passion for using human rights law as a tool for intersectional movement building, advocacy and organising. She has a strong interest in feminist facilitation as a way of ensuring safe, respectful and resilient organisations and movement spaces. Voice provides a unique opportunity for Ishita to learn about shifting power and creating transformative relationships in the context of grant-making. Ishita has an academic background in law and has previously worked with the Bangladesh Legal Aid & Services Trust (BLAST) and with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW AP) in Malaysia. In addition to honing her programme strategy development and management skills, these experiences have enabled Ishita to organise and mobilise with diverse social justice movements, including those representing Voice rightsholders groups.
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Voice Regional Roving Grant Officer Asia, Hivos South East Asia
Kahlille is a lover of freedom. She enjoys constantly asking questions for a hobby and uses her voice as a woman with disability, a child of the orient, and a seeker of truth and justice to challenge power dynamics within the development sector and beyond. Prior to her engagement in Voice as the Regional Grants Officer for Asia, she was first the Project Manager in the Philippines from 2016 until 2018, and in between, ended up supporting the work of some grantees as an independent consultant. Beyond her profession, she is more known by her family and friends as a music lover, creative, comedian, risk-taker, and someone who craves to try new things every day. Also, as a mental health advocate, she promotes wellness and fair engagement in the workplace and supports human-centred ways of working together.
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Voice Regional Roving Grant Officer Africa, Hivos East Africa
Kelly Imathiu was most recently the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor at Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)- Holland stationed in Nairobi, Kenya. They completed their undergraduate degree in Environmental Health at Moi University Eldoret, and went further to complete their Masters degree in Global Health and Development at University College London (UCL) in the UK. Kelly has approximately 11 years of experiences working with diverse under-served communities these include refugees, homeless youth, person’s with disabilities, person’s who identify as albino’s, LGBTI communities and person’s living with HIV. They have worked with a variety of international non-profits including UHAI-EASHRI, HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya, Spectra-London and Covenant House Newark, NJ, USA. They are also deeply passionate about inclusive organizing for underserved communities and how to develop diverse frameworks that recognize the struggles of these groups. Kelly joins Voice as the Regional Roving Grants Officer (Africa).
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Voice Project Officer, Oxfam Novib
Oumaima joined the Voice coordination team as a project officer based in The Hague after completing her Master’s in Environment and Resource Management at the Free University of Amsterdam. She is interested in climate change-related issues in the Eastern part of Africa. During her master's degree, she chose the specialisation of Global Water Challenges. She soon realised that water challenges are more than just drinking water-related. Water problems can be gendered in nature. For example, little account is taken of the needs of women and girls worldwide regarding water supplies and hygiene, even in humanitarian settings. Also, cultural gender norms limit access to many services for women and girls, such as access to school, because they are responsible and spend hours fetching water. Oumaima, therefore, wants to stand up for these girls and ensure that they have access to basic services such as education and hygiene products. Although she joins the extension phase of Voice, she is extremely motivated and energetic to learn a lot about the previously implemented projects and hopes to support the global coordination teams as much as possible.
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