Jeroen is a social development specialist with more than 18 years of experience in community development and stakeholder engagement around (renewable) energy, mining, agribusiness and large-scale infrastructure projects. He has worked for private sector companies, government institutions as well as civil society and community-based organizations, particularly in conflict-affected environments in Sub-Sahara Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Central America and the Caucasus. Jeroen’s recent work experience includes the planning and management of a land acquisition and resettlement process for a large hydropower project in Georgia, delivery of trainings and participatory action research on social impacts of special economic zones in Myanmar and management of company-community dialogue projects in different African countries. Jeroen holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from Warwick University (UK) and an MSc in Development Sociology from Wageningen University (NL).
Expertise: stakeholder engagement, including grievance management, public participation and company-commmunity dialogue platforms, resettlement planning and management, livelihood restoration, social impact assessment and socio-economic baseline studies (using participatory rural appraisal methods), organisational capacity-building, and the development of community-oriented communication strategies and social safeguards guidance material.
Language skills: Dutch, English, French and Spanish.
Winstone has a strong background in sustainable development in infrastructure and energy projects, conducting feasibility is studies, strategic and social impact assessments as well as (community-level) facilitation for international development organizations, private sector clients such as Tullow and CEPSA, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank in Kenya. Omondi holds a BA in Development Economics and Mathematics from the University of Nairobi and has several diplomas on the petroleum industry.
Expertise: social and environmental impact assessment, civic education in urban and rural settings, IFC Performance Standards, natural resource management and land use planning, negotiations around local content and benefit-sharing.
Language skills: English, Kishwahili, Dholuo and (Kenyan) sign language.
Amara has ten years’ hands-on experience in community development, working with rural communities, oil companies and (local) government in the Niger Delta (Nigeria). Until December 2015, she worked with Pro Natura International (Nigeria) where she advised four Community Development Foundations (CDFs) and other activities supported by different oil companes (such as Shell, Chevron, Total and Frontier Oil) in the Niger Delta. Amara received an award from the Nigerian government for her contribution to community development during her National Youth Service. She holds a BSc. (honours) in industrial microbiology, a postgraduate diploma in Public Administration and is currently undertaking an MSc. in Environmental Health at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.
Expertise: Design and implementation of community development programmes, social / health impact assessments, facilitation of community-level capacity building, training, and civic education programmes.
Language skills: English and Igbo
Martin works with Timu as well as with Organizing People for Prosperity (OPP) in South Sudan. He was responsible for the capacity development of more than 20 local civil society organizations, the community development departments of oil/mining companies as well as the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining in Juba, South Sudan. Prior to that Martin worked with Concern Worldwide as well as Skills for South Sudan. Martin holds an MA in International Development Administration from Andrews University (USA) and a BA in Community Leadership and Development from Uganda Christian University.
Expertise: stakeholder engagement; lobby and advocacy strategy design; institutional capacity development of civil society and government institutions; baseline and social impact assessments, project design and management.
Language skills: English, Bari and (Juba) Arabic.
In addition, Timu works with a pool of experienced consultants (from Ghana, Nigeria, DRC, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Canada, United States and Germany) to deliver outstanding social performance impact ‘outside the fence’, i.e. in the villages and remote rural locations where affected communities live.