PROFILE AND OVERALL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Rural Development Specialist in Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development, with 38 years’ experience in Capacity Building and Institutional Development; Water Supply & Sanitation (WatSan); multi-sector Community Development; Rural Infrastructure; Trust Funds management; Funds Acquisition; Knowledge Management. Guided by the motto: “Think out of the box – Be out of the box” and “Pass on the baton to the next generation”. As team leader, project manager, coordinator, technical advisor, and consultant, I have:
- developed and carried out programs and multi-sector projects in poverty reduction/poverty alleviation, following the
project cycle, from conceptualizing, appraising and designing, to implementation, overall management and monitoring,
(including program, project, office operations and financial management);
- written technical proposals for funds acquisition, among others, in WatSan, vocational education and training, rural
infrastructure, livelihoods development, rural social development and urban development sectors;
- provided technical assistance in Knowledge Management for the Poverty and Water sectors;
- coordinated and administered trust funds and projects portfolio;
- developed and implemented capacity building and institutional development activities in policy development,
strategizing, planning, monitoring and evaluation following PCM, LogFrame, Results Management principles;
- managed several rural community development and WatSan projects in Nepal, Philippines and South Sudan.
- As a people’s person, I promote and incorporate pro-poor, gender fair and ecologically balanced principles, guided by
the concept of community driven development (CDD) processes and sustainability.
I was employed with
- Asian Development Bank (8 years);
- EU: Delegation of the European Commission in the Philippines (4 years);
- International and national NGOs, such as SNV-Netherlands Development Organization (7 years); Lutheran World
Federation/World Service (5 year); Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (4 years), Alternative Farming
Technologies, Inc. (1 year), and FreeKenya Foundation (1 year);
- With private consulting firms: Euroconsult/BMB Mott MacDonald (7 years), and Gauff Engineer GmbH (2 year).
Worked in various ODA development programs and projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Laos, Nepal,
Netherlands, Philippines and South Sudan.
August 2015 – ongoing: Team Leader (TL) / Senior International Reconstruction Expert (SIRE), Yolanda In Philippines Reconstruction Program (YRP), Philippines. Employer: Gauff Ingenieure GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany. A KfW-financed (€13million) program for the rehabilitation of rural infrastructures damaged by super-typhoon Yolanda (int’l Haiyan) in 2013. The TL/SIRE Ensures implementation progress and quality of the YRP and for achieving the project goals, together with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) as counterpart. Sept. 2016 – March 2017: Knowledge Management Development Specialist (KMDS), 2-month intermittent input, Coastal Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project (CCRIP), Bangladesh. Employer: Gauff In Bangladesh Ingenieure. ADB, KfW and IFAD supported CCRIP (US$150m) and is implemented by LGED. The Project started in January 2013. Nov. 2012 – July 2015: Team Leader, Second Chittagong Hill Tracts Rural Development Project, in Bangladesh Bangladesh. Employer: Euroconsult Mott MacDonald, Arnhem, the Netherlands. An ADB financed loan ($71.2million) project. Overall coordination of the TA-team, technical supervision, monitoring, reporting, and provide technical expertise as Rural Development Specialist.
Summary CV – J.A.M. Bert van Ommen November 2016.. 2/2
Oct. 2011 – Oct 2012: Break (“sabbatical”); meanwhile carried out short-term assignments such as writing technical In Kenya proposal for funds acquisition for a consultancy firm, and capacity development in proposal writing for fund raising, networking and institution building of FreeKenya Foundation, a small Kenyan NGO, on a voluntary (unpaid) basis.
Sept. 2008 – Sept.2011: Senior Consultant, Institutional Development (in the Netherlands / Team Leader, WatSan (in South Sudan) / Team Leader, Vocational Education (in Bangladesh).
Employer: Euroconsult/BMB Mott MacDonald (EBM), the Netherlands.
January 2009-September 2011 – South Sudan: Team Leader, Rural WatSan Project (total $60m) providing TA to the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation.
March 2009-January 2010 (Intermittent) – Bangladesh: Designed a 20-year Strategy Plan and an 8-year detailed project proposal ($240million) for UCEP’s future programs and activities in vocational education for children in child labor.
September-December 2008 – EMM-HQ: Acquisition, and formulation of proposals Sep. 2000-May 2008: Consultant/Poverty Reduction Specialist/Team Leader in various Trust Funds In Philippines, with short- management and poverty reduction projects.
Term assignments in Employer: Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines.
Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, February-May 2008: Consultant – Inception of JFPR project 9114-CAM: Building Community Viet Nam, Bangladesh Capacity for Poverty Reduction Initiatives in the Tonle Sap Basin, Cambodia.
March 2006 to Dec. 2007: Consultant – Poverty Reduction Knowledge Coordinator of RETA-6270: Facilitating Knowledge Management for Pro-Poor Policies and Projects.
April 2004 to March 2006: Consultant – Team Leader of the Water Team of RETA-6123: Promoting Effective Water Management Policies and Practices.
Sept. 2000 to April 2004: Consultant – Poverty Reduction Specialist/Trust fund Manager of the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR).
Feb.2000 – May 2001: Freelance Consultant / Founder (Volunteer) of Alternatjve Farming Technologies, Inc.
In Philippines (AFT, InC.), Manila. AFT is a small NGO in Manila that developed and introduced Low-cost (part-time input) Hydroponics interventions for the urban poor in the Payatas dumpsite for solid waste of Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Jan.1996-Jan.2000: Project Officer / Technical Advisor, Rural Development.
In Philippines Employer: European Union – Delegation of the European Commission in the Philippines. Portfolio management and technical advisor of bilateral grant-based rural development projects in the Philippines. (Total portfolio was €54million).
Reason for leaving: End of contract after reaching maximum allowable period of employment in this position.
Jan.1992-Dec.1995: Consultant/Rural Development and Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist.
In Philippines Employer: Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), the Netherlands. Establishing and strengthening P,M&E systems, based on PCM/LF concept, of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) in the Philippines.
Sep.1990-Dec.1991: Study break: MA study at University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Aug.1983-June1988: Project Manager and Consultant Engineer.
In Nepal Employer: Lutheran World Federation/World Service, Geneva, Switzerland.
Project manager of two community-based development projects in Baglung district, western region of Nepal, in partnership with the Nepal Red Cross Society.
Aug.1988-Jul.1990 & Water Engineer & Maintenance Coordinator. SNV. Assigned to the UNICEF
Aug. 1978-Jul.1983 supported Community Water Supply & Sanitation (CWSS) program in Nepal.
Other Relevant Information:
(i) Languages: Dutch: Mother tongue; – English: Fluent; – Nepalese: Fluent in speaking, good in reading and writing;
Filipino (Tagalog): Fair in speaking and good in understanding, basic in reading and writing; – German:
Good in speaking and understanding, fair in reading and writing; – French, Kiswahili & Bangla: Basic.
(ii) Computers skills: Proficient with the common computer programs required for management and monitoring.
(iii) Driver’s license: In the possession of a valid Dutch, Filipino and South Sudanese driver’s license.