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Roel Toonen

Roel Toonen

History: Young Expert at The Good Shepherd Foundation - Uganda
YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 2

Position after YEP

Water Consultant at WE Consult Uganda

YEP Role

I was employed by the Good Shepherd Foundation to work for the TGS Water Ltd. water drilling company in Uganda, as a Young Expert Professional. Working for the drilling company I was involved with management of projects over a wide range of water related issues. The projects overall aim was to improve safe access to drinking water in Uganda. During the YEP Programme of 2 years I strived to grow as a project manager and grow in capacity to evaluate projects, in order to improve efficiency in the water projects of TGS Water Ltd.
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Skills

I am flexible and curious. Give me something new and exciting, and I will commit myself. Having done many new and exciting things in my still short career I do have a broad background in water and things related. IT, WASH, geophysics, GIS, engineering geology, project management, hydrological modeling, ground water supply and project evaluation. Being curious in nature I will always find something new about the things I think I know a lot about. I keep learning.

 

Background

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BA in International Water Management at van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Velp (2007-2011), Introductory course in Information and Communication Technology at Fontys University in Venlo (2005-2006)

 

Experience before YEP

Before the YEP Programme I was already working in Uganda for WE-Consult Ltd., a consultancy firm specializing in WASH and geophysical projects. During my time here I have been involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from geophysical surveys to sanitation and hygiene baseline surveys for a wide range of NGO’s and individuals. Here I gained my first experience in project management.

During a nine month period after graduating I worked for the Waterboard Noorderzijlvest in Groningen as a hydrological policy support worker. During my time there gained a lot of experience with hydrological modeling using SOBEK and making hydrological calculations and presentations using ArcGIS.

My eyes were already set on working abroad while I was studying at van Hall Larenstein. I took every chance I was granted to gain experience in a different culture and environment:

  • Thesis on groundwater vulnerability: an analysis on qualitative and quantitative risks on the groundwater supply in Xai-Xai Mozambique (Vitens Evides International, FIPAG)
  • Internship on groundwater resources: an overview of groundwater resources and factors influencing groundwater quantity in Xai-Xai Mozambique (Vitens Evides International, FIPAG)
  • Minor in River Delta Management: an analysis on the irrigation in the Nickerie rice sector providing possible solutions to challenges utilizing a participatory approach (OW-MCP Nickerie, VHL)
  • Internship on erosion in forest fire areas on slopes: an inventory of cost efficient ways to measure erosion on sloped areas in Portugal, (Universidade de Aveiro, EROSFIRE II)
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