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Robbert Neijenhuis

Robbert Neijenhuis

Young Expert at SNV - Kenya
YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 17

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I will be working for SNV Kenya, based in Nairobi. In my role as a business developer, I will mainly look for funding opportunities and new partnerships. In close collaboration with Sector Leaders, I will prepare sector specific development plans and write proposals for donor funding. Another important aspect of my job is knowledge sharing and communication. I will apply my skills acquired during the YEP training programme to be successful in my job, to build a relevant network and to eventually help people living in poverty.


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  • Business Development
  • Proposal writing
  • Strategic planning
  • Data analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Partnership building


Nationality: Dutch

Education: Bsc. Human Geography & Planning (Utrecht University), Msc. Urban Geography (Utrecht University)


Experience before YEP

Previously, I’ve worked in both the financial sector and in the (international) NGO sector. Most of my working career I’ve worked as a fundraiser (+/- 3 years), with some consultancy work in between (+/- 2 years). My latest job was with a medium-sized Dutch non-profit, where I was responsible for the retention of over 30.000 individual donors plus the annual recruitment of 2.000 new donors. In order to do so, I effectively developed different fundraising campaigns using TV, telemarketing, e-mail and direct mail. I also wrote proposals for capital funding.

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Organisation: SNV
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