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Marleen Spieker

Marleen Spieker

History: Young Expert at ZOA - Liberia
YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 14

Position after YEP

Programme Advisor at ZOA Liberia

YEP Role

As a Young Expert in Water and Agrofood, I am based in Monrovia where I work at ZOA Liberia as a Junior Programme Advisor and as part of ZOA Liberia’s Country Management Team. Within this position, I play a vital advisory and expert role in the design, delivery and monitoring of ZOA’s programmes focused on livelihood development through sustainable agriculture, WASH, and rehabilitation of social cohesion and trust through capacity building and community based approaches.I am responsible for quality assurance with reference to Core Humanitarian Standards through close engagement, coaching and supervision within the national team and with partners so that ZOA achieves planned outcomes whilst building local skills and knowledge to support sustainability. In addition, I provide expertise in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning in ZOA’s programme and am dedicated to mainstream gender at project, programme and organizational level to contribute to meaningful and sustainable development in Liberia.

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  • Project management
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Capacity building
  • Reporting 
  • Donor relations
  • Effective communication
  • Organisational skills

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc in International Development Studies (Utrecht University), BSc in Public Administration and Organisation Science (VU University Amsterdam)


Experience before YEP

  • Intern Migration Management Unit (2017) - International Organization for Migration, Special Liaison Office, Addis Ababa
  • Humanitarian Affairs Intern (2017) - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Khartoum
  • Intern Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (UNSCR 1325) (2016) - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague
  • Research on gender, migration and urban poverty (2016) - The Horn Economic & Social Policy Institute, Addis Ababa
  • Graduate Recruiter a.i./Recruitment Assistant (2015, 2016 & 2017) - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Amsterdam
  • Research on the causes of the low success rate of the integration exam for immigrants in Amsterdam (2013) - Municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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Organisation: ZOA
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