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.
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).
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.
Marinke van Riet
Marinke is a passionate activist who has over 18 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!).
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.
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 Asia.
Tomas Chang Pico
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Tomás brings a whole lot of Caribbean energy to Voice! He is a lawyer specialised in international law, political economy, gender and social justice, and international development. After a failed attempt to become a strong corporate lawyer, Tomás firmly decided to make a career out of his true passion: trying to build a better world free from poverty, inequality, and all forms of discrimination. Now based in The Hague, The Netherlands he has also had the opportunity to live, work and study in New York City, San José in Costa Rica, and Barcelona. On top of his legal background, Tomás holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and two Master’s Degrees, one in International Law (from the UN mandated UPEACE) and another in Public Policy (Erasmus Mundus MAPP, from the International Instittute of Social Studies and IBEI). He has worked at Hivos, Baker & McKenzie, Parliamentarians for Global Action, among others. Apart from working as a Global Programme Officer for Voice, he loves yoga, electronic music, stargazing, and he is really crazy about plants!
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!