Capacity to analyse complex social and cultural situations, great empathy. Mediator between different cultural groups. Excellent knowledge of different minorities in Western and Eastern Europe, and of subcultures.
Specialised in the starting phase of projects: a thorough problem analysis, entering into the perspectives of all the different stakeholders, to come to an integrated solution involving different stakeholders.
Experience with projects based on a child's rights approach: streetchildren, working children, children in conflict with the law, child soldiers, children of ethnic minorities, sexually abused children, aids orphans.
Excellent knowledge of the NGO scene and situation through more than 14 years of working experience in Romania and Moldova with NGO’s active in the field of Human Rights and Democratisation, minorities, rural development, streetchildren and elderly care.
Proven track record of providing training and consultancy to NGO’s in the fields of organisational and programme development, capacity building, social service delivery, and project evaluation and analysing and interpreting budgets, financial and audit reports. Resulting in an improved communication with donor agencies, growing capacities of directors to manage their NGO. In some cases my interventions helped NGO through an existential crisis.
Long-standing experience as team leader and consultant in performance and training needs assessment, development of training programmes, monitoring and evaluation of organisation and capacity building programmes, development and implementation of effective knowledge transfer mechanisms such as coaching, mentoring, training-on-the-job, and job-shadowing schemes
Strong background in visibility and communication through publishing and presentations related to issues in the region.
Sound experience in working with and for the social inclusion of minorities and disadvantaged groups such as Roma, elderly, children, prisoners etc. in various donor-funded projects, including ECHO and PHARE
Specific experiences in the region:
Date from - Date to
1992 – 1993.
Hungarian language courses at the University of Debrecen.
1992 – present
Anthropological field work and from Sept. 1997 till Dec. 2001 on a permanent basis
1998 – 2001
Different missions (e.g. Auxiliary School Teleneşti, ECHO project, WCC mission)
Coordinating the project officers work for the Children Program of Kerkinactie in the different regional teams. Elaboration of and advise on lobbying and advocacy strategies for childrens’ rights and the social inclusion of target groups: streetchildren, working children, children in conflict with the law, child soldiers, children of ethnic minorities, sexually abused children, aids orphans. Monitoring and project evaluation. Preparing campaigns: “Locking up children is criminal” in cooperation with Defence for Children International, and “Help the Cinderella of Peru”. Giving presentations at seminars and conferences about children at risk.
Word Council of Churches
Commissioned study on churches and church-based services including stakeholder analysis and assessment of the socio-economic situation and the role of the churches; development of recommendations.
Apr. 2002 – Oct. 2002
Management Consultant on organisational development
Divided over five missions advising the management of the organisation how to restructure activities, to set up a new administrative system and a new system of budgeting and reporting, in order to better reflect the activities of the organisation and increase sustainability of the different activities. Assessment of training needs and preparation and implementation of trainings for staff (including development of training materials)
PHARE Programme 9803.01, Government Strategy for the Improvement of Rroma situation in Romania. Supervising the local team members responsible for the administration and procurements and the database development. Setting up the team, the procurement and subcontracting procedures. Evalutation of the applications for projects of the Partnership fund and checking reports in those cases where problems had risen. Presenting the project at a conference of the Rroma inspectors in Sibiu.
Sept 1997 – Dec 2001
Management Consultant for different NGO’s financed by Cordaid
In România: Federaţia Română pentru Dezvoltare Montană şi Rurală (FRDMR, rural development), Fundaţia pentru Dezvoltarea Societăţii Civile (FDSC, NGO support), Human rights organisations SIRDO, LADO, APADOR-CH, and Liga Pro Europa, Rromani Criss and Impreuna (Rromi), GERON (home care for elderly), Casa Deschisa. (Day centre for street children training them basic life skills). In Moldova: ACASA Association and Caritas Moldova (Humanitarian Aid), ACAP (Association of Auditors), Auxiliary School and Foundation Recuperare in Teleneşti.
During four years supervising these organisations on a permanent basis. Training needs assessment and Coaching NGO directors and advising and assisting the staff on general management, human resource management, strategy development and project management. Mediating in the communication between the local organisation and Western donors and Dutch Government Agencies. Conflict management between local organisations (e.g. Impreuna split off from Rromani Criss).
Networking: stimulating and assisting in setting up a network of Home Care organisations in Romania, to improve their position in negotiating with the Ministry of Health and the Health Insurance Houses
Needs assessment, including training needs, for the Auxiliary School and Foundation Recuperare in Teleneşti, Moldova. Coaching of the Recuperare foundation linked to this school. Drawing up with ACASA a three year planning, including training needs assessment for the organisation. Training needs assessment for Romanian and Moldovan NGO’s in the field of accounting and financial management.
Setting up a volunteergroup within Geron to visit elderly patients in order also to raise social involvement in the poblems of vulnerable older people.
With Casa Deschisa advising on project management and preparation for the 2 programmes:
1. Day centre for street children. Development of educational program to prepare street children to enter the normal Romanian educational system, including second chance education
2. After school program for children from problem families to help them with their homework to avoid school abandonment.
Coordinating the committee organising the national congress of FRDMR in 1999 and presenting the paper ‘Advice from a Dutch consultant’ (published in 2000) and making field trips for this organisation identifying and monitoring projects in Maramureş, Alba, Harghita (rural women’s association), Iaşi, Prahova, and Suceava.
June and Sept. 1999
Field trips to Maramureş for a Dutch donor who had a conflict with a local partner that was accused of mismanagement and the disappearance of building material for milk tanks. Controlling the administration at the office in Sighetu Marmaţiei, and checking on the spot of all the projects.
Monitoring of ECHO projects. Caritas Moldova was carrying out two emergency projects for the distribution of coal, food, and medicines among children and vulnerable elderly. The procurement of the goods and the actual distribution was done by local organisations (parishes, schools, hospitals, etc.) at ten different locations, including Chişinău, Bălţi and four parishes in Transnistria. In most locations the local Caritas also involved other local NGO’s. The team made 6 monitoring trips visiting every time all the local projects, seeing that at a national level the project was well organised and that the procurements were done correctly and the goods distributed to the right beneficiaries and that the activities were well reported to ECHO.
Teleneşti, Rep. of Moldova
Cordaid, Municipality Delden
Identification mission Auxiliary School and Boarding House for children withi all kinds of problems, ranging from social problems to slightly retarded. Identification of school improvement: Building improvement, curriculum development and updating professional skills of teaching staff.
Feb. 1998 - Nov 2001
Correspondent for the Dutch Radio program Wereldnet at Radio747. On average a radio emission once in six weeks, talking about the actual situation in România.
All over România
Mensen in Nood
Assessment and evaluation of the Federaţia Română pentru Dezvoltare Montană şi Rurală, a rural development organization with projects all over the country: information centres, milkcollection centres, loan scheme.
June 1996 - Sept 1997
Oegstgeest, ’s Hertogenbosch
In Bilance for Asia Department, especially for the larger projects in the Philippines. And in Mensen in Nood for Bureau Central and Eastern Europe, especially for the larger projects financed by backdonors, in România, Bulgaria, and Albania.
Project evaluation and checking reports of local partner organisations applying for grants. Helping the organisations to improve their reporting skills, so that it could also function as a management tool.
Feb. - July 1993
University of Utrecht
Seven month anthropological field work in a Hungarian village on cultural changes after 1989 and people’s perception of these changes, using the methods of participant observation and half open interviews.
Jan 1980 - Dec 1987
Novib (Co-financing organisation)
System analyst, finance officer
First as system analyst and computer programmer, when Novib was in the process of computerising the database of members and small donators ( 200.000 addresses), and the financial database of the projects they financed. Developing and testing the software and later training others to use it. Later as Finance Officer evaluating projects and checking accounts.
1974 – 1978
University of Delft
Various executive functions in the field of Development Co-operation and Appropriate Technology.
Organising a congress on the Civil Engineer and the Third World (1974),
Setting up the Committee for Development Cooperation at the department of Civil Engineering, organising lectures, extra curricular activities, and different smaller projects, finding within the university answers for technical questions coming from the Third World (1975).
Member of the Steering Committee of the Appropriate Technology Group of the TU-Delft.
Board member of the Foundation TOOL, organising a national congress on appropriate technology (1976-1977)
Preparing a exhibition for the Open Days of the TU-Delft (1978)
Others relevant information: (e.g. Special Training, Publications)
Why did they send us there? Recovering memories of the deportations to Transnistria. In: Katie Pietarinen (ed.), Roma and Traveller Inclusion in Europe. Green questions and answers, p. 74-76. Brussel, Green European Foundation.
Doarp hat bining mei eigen skoalle. Leeuwarder Courant, 14 april 2010. (Village is linked to the own school)
Schaatsmanie verklaard. Alphens Nieuwsblad 13 januari 2009 (Skatingmania explained)
Huwelijk van nu krijgt stap voor stap vorm. Leidsch Dagblad, 29 april 2008. (Presentday marriages take form shape step by step)
Pieter van Abshoven en Frans Brinkman. ‘Wat koop ik ervoor?’ Sociale ethiek in Roemenië. In: Twaalf jaar Roemenië Bulletin (1994-2006) Een keuze uit de artikelen, p 147-154, Leiderdorp Go-Bos Press (What good will it do me? Social Ethic in Romania)
Rituelen rond ziekte en dood bij Roma en Sinti. In: Pallium 8(5):18-19(Rituals around illness and death among Roma and Sinti)
Hindoestaanse rituelen rond ziekte en dood. In: Pallium , 8(4): 18-19 (Hindustan rituals around illness and death)
‘Ze gaan toch zo dood’: Ouderen in Romenië. In: Medische Antropoplogie, 17( 2): 259-280 (‘They’ll die soon anyhow’. Elderly in Romania)
Pieter van Abshoven en Frans Brinkman. ‘Wat koop ik ervoor?’ Sociale ethiek in Roemenië. In: Roemenië Bulletin, april 2005, p 28-32, Leiderdorp (What good will it do me? Social Ethic in Romania)
Pieter van Abshoven en Frans Brinkman. ‘Wat koop ik ervoor?’ Sociale ethiek in Roemenië. In: Markant 2004 (3) p. 53-62, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (What good will it do me? Social Ethic in Romania)
As You Own, So Shall You Reap. Romanians Between the Feudal and Knowledge-Based Economy In:Ethnologia Balcanica, Journal for Southeast European Anthropology 7 (2003), 123 – 138. Ethnologia Balkanica, Munich, Sofia (First presented as a paper at the INASEA congress in 2003 in Graz, Austria)
Scurtã introducere în istoria romilor, cq Brief introduction to Roma's history. In: http://www.rroma.ro/romanian/info_history.htm cq http://www.rroma.ro/info_history.htm
Klein onvolledig woordenboek van het postcommunistisch Roemenië. RBN, Zwolle. (Small incomplete dictionary of the post-communist Romanian)
Sfaturi ale unui consultant din Olanda. In: Ştefan Mitrache (red.) Dezvoltare Durabilă Rurală, p 124-130. Bucureşti: Editura Planeta. (Advice from a Dutch consultant)
Van coöperatielid terug naar landeigenaar. De veranderingen in het dagelijks leven van de Hongaren in Roemenië na 1989. Doctoraalscriptie, Univ. Utrecht. (From Cooperation-member Back to Landowner. The Changes in the Daily Life of Hungarians in Romania after 1989)
Statistische verwerking van de gegevens van de Dr. Binetstichting. In: Drs. J.J.A. Rebel-Runckel (red.) Hoogbegaafdheid dl 2. 67-92. Tilburg: Remmers. (Statistical Study of the Data of de Dr. Binet Foundation. In: High Ability, part 2)
Towards Integrated Energy systems. In: Willem Riedijk (gen. ed.), Jan Boes and Wim Ravesteijn (eds.) Appropriate Technology in Industrialised Countries, 351-370. Delft: University Press.
Dorpen met toekomst: een studie naar de toekomstperspectieven van dorpen in de Greidhoeke in Fryslân. Doctoraalscriptie, TU-Delft. (Villages with Future: a Study of the Future Perspectives of Villages in the Greidhoeke of Fryslân)
Kleine of grote scholen in de Greidhoeke in Fryslân? Doctoraalscriptie, TU-Delft. (Small or Large Schools in the Greidhoeke in the Province of Fryslân?)
Dorpen met toekomst: een verkenning naar de toekomstperspectieven van dorpen in de Greidhoeke in Fryslân. In: Planologische Diskussiebijdragen 1986, 1-9. Delft: DUM. (Villages with future: an investigation of the future perspectives of villages in the Greidhoeke in the province of Fryslân)
Maatschappelijke kosten-baten analyse van een energieproject in een kleine gemeenschap. Doctoraalscriptie over het energieproject in Dearsum, TU-Delft. (Social Cost-benefit Analysis of an Energy project in a Small Community)
OT yn Fryslân (Appropriate Technology in Fryslân). In: AT-News vol. 4, 1983-1: 2-6. Delft: Centre for Appropriate Technology.
Contributor Inleiding in de Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, especially the chapter on education and Paulo Freire, about the lectures on development cooperation given at Delft University of Technology by dr. Sj.M. Theunis, director of Novib.
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