stephen van der mark

1. PERSONALIA

First name: Stephen
Surname: van der Mark
Given names: Stephanus Martinus Johannes Albertus
Date of Birth: May 26th 1972
Place of Birth: Curaςao (Netherlands Antilles)
Nationality: Dutch
Sex: male
Work Address: Fauna & Flora International
Email: Svandermark@fauna-flora.org
Mob: +.44.(0).7795337323

Home Address: 16 Nalya Road, Berowra Heights
Sydney, 2082 NSW, Australia
Mob: +61.(0).405572708
2. EDUCATION.

1990 - 1996 Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands.
Master in Agriculture and the Natural Environment. Specializations: Natural resource management, community based natural resource management.
1984 – 1990 Secondary Education (A-level). RSG, Tiel, The Netherlands. (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Dutch, English, French, German).

3. LANGUAGE SKILLS.

SPEAKING WRITING READING
Dutch 5 5 5
English 5 5 5
French 5 3 4
German 4 3 4
Spanish 2 2 2
1= very poor, 2= poor, 3= basic, 4= good, 5= fluent

4. SPECIFIC COUNTRY EXPERIENCE.

Cambodia
United Kingdom (Cambridge) 1.5 year Ecuador
Cameroon (Garoua, Maroua) 5 years Mongolia 2 years
China (Beijing) 1 year The Netherlands 3 years
Czech and Slovak Republic Liberia

5. SUMMARY EXPERIENCE

My experience shows a progression from hands on experience in international protected areas management in developing and transition countries to the coordination of a complicated multi-donor program. Specific experience includes fundraising, multi-million dollar grant management, institutional change management, Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and REDD project management, forest sector reform and capacity building in development and conservation issues. I am currently employed as the Director of the Cambodia Program, Fauna & Flora International largest programme globally with 106 staff employed in Cambodia. From 2003 till December 2005, I was employed as coordinator of the CEDC (Center for Environment and Development Studies in Cameroon) and assistant professor of the Institute of Environmental Science of the Leyden University in the Netherlands. My duties included amongst others, overall coordination of the research institute including design and implementation of protected areas and community based natural resource management projects.


6. PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.

Employer Fauna & Flora International
Period September 2010 - currently
Location Sydney and Cambodia
Position Director Cambodia Programme.
Number of people supervised 104
Responsibilities Overall coordination of the Cambodia Country Program including implementation of three EU grants (EU Payments for Ecosystem Services, EU Non State Actor and EU REDD) and a large USAID funded initiative as well as projects focused on Siamese crocodile conservation and Cambodian elephant conservation. Responsible for institutional change management, strategic programme development and donor, government and partner liaison.

Employer Fauna & Flora International
Period February 1st 2006 – September 2010
Location United Kingdom (Cambridge), Liberia, Sydney
Position Senior Program Manager West Africa.
Number of people supervised 15
Responsibilities Overall coordination of the Liberia Country Program including implementation of EU (1.800.000 Euros), FFEM (830.000 Euros), NORAD (3.500.000 USD) and World Bank (975.000 USD) funded projects that focus on institutional capacity strengthening and forestry sector reform. Secured more than 5.5 million USD in funding.

Employer CML (Institute of Environmental Science), Leyden University, the Netherlands, seconded to the CEDC (Center for Environment and Development Studies in Cameroon).
Period January 2003 – December 2005
Location Cameroon (Maroua)
Position Assistant Professor Leyden University and Coordinator of the CEDC
Number of people supervised 35
Responsibilities Responsible for overall coordination of the CEDC. Capacity strengthening of Universities, Ministries and NGOs, research management, Monitoring & Evaluation, (post) academic course and curriculum development, project acquisition, implementation and project management. Involved in lobbying, fundraising and partnership development at a variety of levels (Ministries, WWF, SNV, IUCN, Universities, etc.). Responsible for the supervision of MSc and PhD studies focusing on dryland management and community based natural resource management issues. Through this position I developed strong management skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills including a strong ability to defend and explain difficult issues. Supervised a variety of other wildlife focused research projects.

Employer INBAR (International Network for Bamboo and Rattan Development)
Period December 2001 – December 2002
Location People’s Republic of China (Beijing)
Position Associate Professional Officer Training Curriculum and Training Materials Development.
Responsibilities Responsible for the re-organization of INBAR’s bamboo and rattan training program, developing train-the-trainer training modules, developing criteria for a distance learning program on bamboo and rattan products and technologies focusing on micro-enterprise development.

Employer WWF-Netherlands and Leyden University
Period May 2001 – June 2001
Location Cameroon, Boumba Bek and Nki National Park
Position Consultant
Responsibilities I was responsible for writing the projects evaluation report section on fauna monitoring and evaluation system. I furthermore assisted in evaluating the bush meat trade monitoring and enforcement system. WWF has followed a number of my recommendations illustrated by the fact that they redesigned the projects monitoring and evaluation system and attracted a external monitoring and evaluation consultant for the project.

Employer ARCADIS-Euroconsult
Period Jan 2001 – April 2001
Location The Netherlands, Czech and Slovak Republic
Position Project Assistant
Responsibilities Responsible for proposal writing and editing. I was furthermore involved in drafting EU and ADB format project proposals. I drafted terms of reference for international technical assistants based on a thorough analysis of project requirements vis-à-vis international technical assistance required. I have successfully negotiated contract terms with a number of external consultants for a project funded by the ADB in the Philippines.

Employer Foundation Reserves Przewalski Horses/MACNE
Period Feb 2000 – Nov 2000
Location Mongolia, Hustai Nuruu National Park
Position Wildlife Management Biologist & Counterpart of the Mongolian Research Coordinator.
Number of people supervised 5
Responsibilities Overall wildlife research management, including the supervision and training of the Mongolian research staff and rangers, developing a field research technique manual for eco-tourists, setting up flora and fauna monitoring schemes. Formulating M&E indicators for the project. My main contributions have been the development of the training module on field research techniques for the Mongolian National Ranger and Warden Training Program (in collaboration with Mongolian Ministries, MACNE, WWF and GTZ). This training program was implemented at a national scale by Mongolian authorities to strengthen capacities of officials working in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable natural resource management.

Employer Foundation Reserves Przewalski Horses/MACNE
Period April 1999 – Dec 1999
Location Mongolia, Hustai Nuruu National Park
Position Wildlife Management Biologist & Counterpart of the Mongolian Research Coordinator.
Number of people supervised 5
Responsibilities Research management. Capacity strengthening of the Mongolian counterpart organization (MACNE), training-needs-assessment and skill-learning. Setting up the monitoring framework.

Employer Wetlands International
Period Dec 1998 – April 1999
Location The Netherlands, Wageningen
Position RAMSAR Project Assistant.
Responsibilities Responsible for reviewing reports on 40 RAMSAR sites including writing and editing approximately 40 RAMSAR site descriptions for the 2-yearly World’s RAMSAR site publication. The site descriptions were send to the Wetlands International office by the RAMSAR signatories and these descriptions included extensive information on demographical, ecological and social-economic parameters including information related to the implementation of other Conventions such as the CBD and CITES.
My responsibility of reviewing the site descriptions gave me the opportunity to gain broad exposure to not only the RAMSAR Convention but also others such as the CBD, UNCCD and CITES. I learned to work efficiently under tight deadlines and I developed strong reviewing and editing skills. I learned to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Employer Rhenen Zoo
Period Sept 1998 – Dec 1998
Location The Netherlands, Rhenen
Position Voluntary Research Assistant
Responsibilities Involved in setting up a feeding enrichment program for captive European brown bears.

Employer Ray Research Center
Period Okt 1997 – Jul 1998
Location Cameroon, Benoué Area
Position Research Coordinator
Number of people supervised 3
Responsibilities I supervised a number of MSc. students when conducting their fieldwork. I furthermore assisted in the fine-tuning of an identification system of individual elephants. Involved in a variety of wildlife studies (Elephant, variety of antelopes, python). Also involved in training rangers in law-enforcement techniques.

Employer NIOO (Dutch Institute for Ecological Research)
Period Jan 1997 – May 1997
Location The Netherlands, Heteren
Position Voluntary researcher
Responsibilities Involved in a study on the feeding metabolism of captive Bewick’s swans (Cygnus Bewicki).

Education Wageningen Agricultural University
Period April 1995 – Febr 1996
Location Cameroon, Benoué Area and The Netherlands
Position MSc. Student
Responsibilities Conducting two MSc. Thesis projects (nature conservation and animal ecology) on habitat utilization and relative densities of four wild ungulate species and domestic livestock during the wet season in the Benoué area in Northern Cameroon.

9. PUBLICATIONS AND REPORTS.


Published:

S. van der Mark (2010). Fauna and Flora Magazine. “A seat at the high table”. Conservation in Liberia.

T. Mayaka and S. van der Mark (2005) et al. “Proceedings of the Workshop for the Regional Network on the Synergy CBD and UNCCD in West and Central Africa”.

T. Mayaka and S. van der Mark (2005) et al. “Proceedings Strategic Planning Seminar for the Regional Network on the Synergy CBD and UNCCD in West and Central Africa”.

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A., (2004). “Lion Tracking and Telemetry Techniques”. Lecture syllabus CEDC & Wildlife School, Cameroon.

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A., (2004). “Lion Depredation on Domestic Livestock in Cameroon”. Lecture syllabus CEDC & Wildlife School, Cameroon.

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A., (2002). “Training Module on Bamboo Preservation Techniques”, INBAR technical papers.

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A., (2002). “Strategy Document on Distance Learning”, INBAR internal document.

WWF Boumba Bek and Nki evaluation report; section on wildlife monitoring and evaluation (2001).

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A., (2000). “Field Research Techniques Manual for Eco-volunteers”. Hustai Nuruu Working Document.

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A., (2000). “Field Research Techniques Training Module, Mongolian National Ranger and Warden Training Program” (Mongolian Ministry of Environment, GTZ, WWF, Hustai Nuruu joint publication).

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A., (2000). “Bird Identification Training Manual”. Hustai Nuruu Working Document.

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A., (1999). “How do you write a scientific report”. Training manual. Hustai Nuruu Working Document.

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A. and Magash , (1999). “Strategy Document for the Research Programme of Hustai Nuruu National Park”.

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A. and R. Henkens, (1999). “Zoning Plan for the Hustai Nuruu National Park, Mongolia”.

Van der Mark, S.M.J.A., (1996). “Habitat utilization and relative densities of four wild ungulate species and domestic cattle in the Benoue area in Northern Cameroon during the rainy season”. Wageningen Agricultural University, Master Student Report.

10. COMPUTER LITERACY.

MICROSOFT WINDOWS 95/97/98/2000/NT/XP, WORD, EXCEL, FRONTPAGE, POWERPOINT, ADOBE PHOTOSHOP, Basic Arc-view and Arc-info skills.

11. REFERENCES.