Young Expert at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. - Ghana
YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 4
As a Trainer Consultant at the West Africa office of MDF Training and Consultancy, my work focused on business creation and entrepreneurship development in the WASH sector. Across Ghana, young people are struggling to find employment. In parallel, WASH facilities are lacking and of poor quality. Together with my colleagues, we want to address both issues by developing entrepreneurship support services that seek to enhance the capacities of young people, NGOs and community-based organisations in setting up successful WASH enterprises. The work will, among other things, involve conducting research, developing training modules and delivering training.
Having worked for several non-profit organisations in the field of (skills) education, youth entrepreneurship, and international development, I am apt at conducting research, monitoring and evaluation, communications and project management. I am results-oriented in my approach and a strong believer in learning by doing. This applies to how I go about doing my own work as well as being something I like to inspire in others.
Education: MSc International Development Studies (specialisation: education and globalisation, University of Amsterdam), Postgraduate certificate in Social Research and Evaluation (London Metropolitan University), BSc Social Psychology (University of Amsterdam)
Experience before YEP
Prior to joining MDF, I worked as a Communications Officer at the UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Bonn, Germany. Alongside my role in communications, I was the regional coordinator for the activities carried out in the Arab States region and responsible for the coordination of a region-wide project on introducing entrepreneurship education in secondary schools. Prior to working at UNESCO, I worked at the London-based centre for social innovation, the Young Foundation, and worked as an evaluator for a community participation and youth engagement initiative in the Netherlands.
In the context of my Master studies, I conducted research on the quality and relevance of TVET in the central region of Ghana. Within this project, I worked closely with the University of Cape Coast, Technical Training Institutes and the relevant government bodies. This experience has been fundamental in my career progression to date, and has inspired my decision to return to Ghana, working towards creating opportunities for young people who are looking for positive and sustainable change.