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Melanie Shudofsky

Melanie Shudofsky

History: Young Expert at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland - Indonesia
YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

Position after YEP

Consultant Strategy Advisor, Switzerland

YEP Role

As a Policy Advisor at the local government of Lampung Selatan I am focusing on strengthening the implementation of the Sanitasi Total Berbasis Masyarakat (STBM: Community-Led Total Sanitation) program of the Government of the District of Lampung Selatan on Sumatra. The goal of this program is to reach Total Access to Sanitation for all civilians of Lampung Selatan by the end of 2019. 

I focus on multi-stakeholder engagement through cooperating with other departments involved with the implementation of the STBM program, which are, amongst others: The Health Department (Kesehatan), Public Works Department (Pekerja Umum)and the Community Empowerment Department (Pemberdayaan Masyarakat Desa).

I also work closely with the interdepartmental body (POKJA AMPL) which is responsible for coordinating all sanitation efforts of the district government of Lampung Selatan.

In light with the above, my work involves advising on different policies (e.g. communication and organisational policies) to enforcing technical knowledge (e.g. desludging, water treatment plants) and law enforcement.

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Multi-stakeholder engagement & analysis, organisational development, coordination, intercultural communication and facilitation.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc Nursing, MSc Global Health, Advanced Master in International Development (AMID)


Experience before YEP

I started my career as a cardiology specialised nurse and obtained a MSc in Global Health. I worked in The Netherlands, Ghana, India and Switzerland on Acute Care Units and participated in, amongst others, polio vaccination programmes and the development of WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) policies.
During the dual Master’s programme of AMID, I worked as a Portfolio Manager trainee for Amref Flying Doctors. I focused on several projects and multi-country programmes mainly related to WASH in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia. I also focused on organisational development, developing and facilitating interdepartmental ‘Linking & Learning’ meetings and reflection sessions.

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Organisation: Waterschap Zuiderzeeland
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