A Dutch national, Raymond is a professional specialized in the field of Sustainable Development, Result Based Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Gender and (Agricultural) Research with a track record for delivering development results. He does this through capacity development of people, organisations and systems to tackle critical issues within large complex systems.
His specialties include organisation (director level) leadership, evidence based policy development, strategic positioning, intervention design, high level donor liaising, impact measurement, multi stakeholder processes, systemic, institutional and organisational capacity development, inter organisation learning, knowledge development, outreach and networking, network coordination, violence against women and prevention program management, operations and public private partnerships.
Raymond has over 16 years of continuous professional international development work experience with overseas residence in Kenya, Thailand, Nepal, Cameroon, and Lithuania.
Until June 2016, he held the post of the Deputy Director, Learning & Outreach – Gender Responsive Agriculture at AWARD (African Women in Leadership Research and Development) where he was based at the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Raymond has vast experience in the corporate private sector (eight years at Shell in The Netherlands/US/UK) and in Sustainable Development at UNDP, where he worked for 4 years as a Regional (Gender) Programme Specialist in a UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women & UNV programme on gender based violence prevention in Asia and the Pacific where he designed, managed, implemented and advocated for gender equality and empowerment in research, policing and programming.
He lead capacity assessments and strategy development and grant making support to UN country partners to ensure timely and high level quality project implementation such as in India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia, and developed corporate partnerships and agreements with bilateral donors (AusAID, SIDA/Norway) and (I)NGOs (Save the Children, CARE, GIZ, PyD, Rozan, Aakar, Commutiny-The Youth Collective). He contributed to curricula design for two sub-regional learning programmes with civil society consortia from South Asia and East & Southeast Asia which resulted in full-fledged regional capacity development training methodologies on gender and masculinities.
Further, he designed and managed the regional programme evaluation (2008-2012) and co-designed the phase II programme concept note, developed the theory of change and project document and M&E framework. Raymond represented UN(DP) as key note speaker in inter-regional network meetings such as in Uganda and Kenya (with the MenEngage Alliance, Africa Raising Voices, GBV Prevention Network, Sonke Gender Justice Network, MenKen and Promundo, PATH, Intercambios in Latin America); in India (Solution Exchange Meeting of the Gender Community on GBV and youth involvement) and in Thailand with AI
He conducted assignments for the Consortium Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in Kenya (ICRAF/AWARD, ILRI and IITA) where he developed a Monitoring and Evaluation Indicator Framework and a Manual for CGIAR’s Global Research flagship program “Livestock and Fish” which is implemented by ILRI, ICARDA, WorldFish and CIAT in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The framework includes specific indicators on gender, capacity development, learning and partnership development (research) measurement mechanisms.
For ILRI a substantive research (discussion) paper on gender experiences with the crop & goat project in Tanzania was drafted and for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture a manual with Standard Operating Procedures for the Management of Capacity Development and Training Activities as designed.
Raymond worked for SNV/Kenya to substantively review SNV’s global programmes and project documents in agriculture, renewable energy and water, sanitation & hygiene sectors from a gender perspective with the objective to redesign business cases, develop project references, to formulate capacity development statements, update relevant publications, tools and guidelines and the webpage.
For Hivos/Kenya he designed and facilitated the strategic planning process for the Kenya Media Programme 2015 – 2018. Through a contextual analysis, stakeholder analysis and a SWOT analysis strategic objectives and the programme’s theory of change was developed.
For VSO/Tanzania Raymond developed a strategy and engagement plan for the Enhancing Employment through Vocational Training project on the potential to develop public-private partnerships between the corporate private sector (e.g. British Gas, Statoil, Petrobras, Halliburton, Schlumberger etc.) and the Vocational Education and Training Authority centers with the ultimate goal of improving the employability of Tanzanian youth, especially young women.
He holds a MSc in Sustainable Development from the Imperial College/SOAS of the University of London in the United Kingdom; Post-Graduates in Management; Certificate in PR & Information; and a BSc in Chemistry, all from The Netherlands.