Since 2010, Van Eekelen has combined consultancy work with a small IDD role and a few trusteeships. In the past few years, his most significant consultancy assignments have been for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), where he served as the team leader for reviews on Cash Transfers (2016-17), Migration (2016-17), the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF, 2017-18) and Civil Society Organisations (2018-19).
Before this and anti-chronologically, Van Eekelen held the following positions:
Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW); UK, 2005 – 2009
- As the Head of the Policy and Research Unit (2005-2008): made a bit of a start with the organisational transition from a down-stream implementer to an organisation that contributes to the wider sector's thinking.
- As the Head of IRW's Change Programme (2008-2009): led a change process that aimed to increase IRW's organisational capacity. The process included a restructuring, process re-engineering and a range of accountability-enhancing changes. An external pre- and post-change staff satisfaction survey concluded that 'the results have improved in all dimensions, and in most cases the improvement is significant.'
Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2004 – 2005
- As the Head of Financial Integration of the City of Mostar: re-integrated six mutually hostile municipalities into a single financial city administration. This reduced the financial overhead; enhanced the local government's governance system; and helped to consolidate the country's peace as it contributed to the normalisation of relations between previously warring groups.
- As the Senior Economic Advisor: designed a Socio-Economic Development Programme that focused on municipal economic development and public-private partnerships.
Office of the High Representative (OHR); Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2001 – 2003
As the Socio-Economic Development and Return Coordinator: coordinated and evaluated NGO programmes in the field of refugee return, and initiated and managed the implementation of a range of socio-economic development programmes.
International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNDP; Egypt and Sudan, 1999 – 2001
For ILO and as an Associate Expert in Labour Market Policies and Gender Focal Point: managed a programme on 'Gender and Employment in the Context of Economic Reform.'
For UNDP and part of a consultancy team: co-developed a post-war peace consolidation and economic development plan for Southern Sudan.
United Nations Refugee Organisation (UNHCR); Jordan, 1996 – 1999
As a Junior Professional Officer: restructured and revitalised a support programme for refugees in Jordan, and subsequently managed it. The restructuring enhanced service delivery levels and brought down the programme costs by 30%.
Business School Rotterdam; The Netherlands and Egypt, 1994 – 1996
Researcher and Junior Lecturer in the field of sustainable tourism development.