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Consultant in Training Methodology  & Communication

Curriculum Vitae  

Fiona MacLeod Budge
ph. (+31) 651703489
ph. (+31) 23 8881411
email: ttpconsultancy@yahoo.co.nz
  

Objective:

To make a positive contribution to various working and educational environments and effectively utilise skills and knowledge acquired during my studies and varied teaching experiences in an international environment. A particular interest of mine is health communication and particularly the study of strategies to promote improved quality in delivery of education. Research on the impact of health communication efforts in lower-income countries amongst marginalised groups is a particular interest of mine. I have extensive experience in the design and delivery of training skills courses for people engaged in training others, many of these courses have targeted people working in the area of poverty related diseases, and one has been with people working in the field of sanitation and hygiene. The courses have been delivered in a variety of international settings, inclusive of Nepal, Ethiopia, Indonesia and the Netherlands. The most recent course, delivered in Nepal and Timor Leste in June and November this year, was about Disability Rights, Advocacy, and Skills Training ICommunication (Title of the course – DRASTIC)

Until Feb 2015 I was lecturer/supervisor of Master and Bachelor students engaged in various courses at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. My most recent appointment was with Disability Studies in Nederland, conducting a short research regarding inclusive/cooperative research with people with learning difficulties. This study was embedded in a wider project in preparation for the upcoming ratification of the UNCRPD in The Netherlands and efforts to ensure programmes and research in The Netherlands will have an inclusive and collaborative character. 

Proven Skills and Abilities:

  • Effective communicator with a creative approach to problem solving situations
  • Highly motivated in the workplace
  • Training skills acquired in experiences as an Occupational Therapist and Nurse and facilitator of Communication, Advocacy and Training Skills Courses.
  • Guest lecturer at the Hoogeschool in Leiden, and the Amsterdam University College in the fields of Communication, Training Skills and Culture and Health
  • Masters degree in Medical Anthropology & Sociology, University of Amsterdam 2010
  • Teacher/Lecturer/Supervisor of Master and Bachelor level students at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Supervised 40 students, both Bachelor and Master Level in various programmes at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. Topics included: Menstrual Hygiene Management; Communicating for Health; Maternal Health; Suicide Prevention in Suriname; Disability; Leprosy
  • Assisted in the co-ordination of Bachelor Level Modules – Key Strategies in Disability and Neuropathy; Communication Organisation and Management as well as Master Level Modules – Global Health; Qualitative Research Methodologies.
  • Designed, developed and implemented training programme for health workers in Nepal and Ethiopia working in the fields of leprosy, tuberculosis and HIV Aids. Programme improved effectiveness of transferring technical knowledge and expertise, promoted effective leadership skills, and enhanced creative training techniques.
  • Invited speaker at the 2008 International Leprosy Congress, Hyderabad, India (Topic: “Effective Communication”)
  • Invited speaker and work-group facilitator at the 2nd International Disability Conference, Kumasi, Ghana, and August 2011 (Topic: Community Based Rehabilitation).
  • Winner of the University of Southern Queensland Anthropology Award 2004.
  • A result of 99% for final Public Relations thesis in 2004.
  • Initiated income-generating projects in Nigeria for TBL affected persons, providing a means of financial support and helping reduce the effects of living in difficult conditions.

Publications:

  • Budge, F. (2012) “The Power of Shit – Reflections on Community-Led Total Sanitation in Nepal”  Medische Athropologie 24 (2)
  • Miranda-Galarza, B., Lusli, M., Zweekhorst, M., & Budge, F. (2014) The power of personal knowledge: reflecting on conscientization in lives of disabled people and people affected by leprosy in Cirebon, Indonesia. Knowledge Management for Development Journal9(2), 85-104.
  • Budge, F., A. Schippers, J. Kool, G. Van Hove (2015) “More than just a Nice Day Out”      – How to encourage meaningful participation of people with learning difficulties in Disability Conferences” British Journal of Learning Disabilities (Under review) 

Details Courses Designed and Delivered:

The design, development and delivery of communication and training skills courses has been a particular interest of mine and one I am keen to develop further and more specifically to tailor these programmes to meet the needs of various target groups. A brief description follows of courses designed and delivered over the past several years:

2014 (June) Disability Research And  Skills Training In (DRASTIC) was delivered in  Pokhara, Nepal for people with disabilities. The target group for the course were people with disabilities and the aim of the course was to develop and sharpen research and communication skills and to encourage participatory and emancipatory research being led, designed and conducted by persons with disabilities. 

2014 (November) DRASTIC  was delivered in Dili, Timor Leste along with co-facilitator, Dr. Beatriz. The target group was the same, namely people with disabilities and the aim of the course was to develop and sharpen research and communication skills and to encourage participatory and emancipatory research being led, designed and conducted by persons with disabilities.

2013 (Aug) Designed and delivered a tailor made course in Adama, Ethiopia for various cadres of workers in a national sanitation programme, who need to scale-up a Community Managed Project (CMP) approach. 

2011 (Jan-Feb)  Following a research in Nepal on the sensitivity of health promoters in programmes aiming to prevent the practice of open defecation, and in response to a request from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project-Western Nepal (RWSSP-WN), I tailored the communication skills course to meet the needs of technical staff in this project. These technicians were engaged in Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and the course had the specific aim to enhance their skills in transferring their knowledge to (RWSSP-WN) stakeholders. The overall objective was to enhance the image of the RWSSP and increase the chances of sustainability of the project work within the targeted communities.

2011 (May) The office of The Netherlands Leprosy Relief organisation in Jakarta, Indonesia, requested that the communication course that I had been delivering for several years in Nepal and once in Ethiopia, be delivered to their field staff. Included in the request was a specific focus on advocacy skills. The course was titled, Communication, Advocacy and Training Skills, and was adapted to meet the needs of health practitioners communicating with policy makers and needing to sharpen their advocacy skills.

2010 and 2011 (Sept) Designed and delivered a training course for Students in an International Public Health Course at the Hoogeschool in Leiden, The Netherlands. The aim of this course was to introduce students to the history of Public Health and to enhance their training skills when working in various international settings inclusive of Maternal Health, Family Health and HIV/AIDS programmes.

2010 (Oct) In response to a request from the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I delivered a personalised intercultural training course to a couple of people leaving The Netherlands to work for the first time in a lower-income country. The focus of the training was to increase their level of intercultural competency.

2009 and 2010 Co-facilitated a Training of Trainers (TOT) course for Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) workers. The course was conducted in The Netherlands, participants came from various international settings, inclusive of Nigeria, Zambia, and Indonesia. A particular emphasis in this course was to encourage creative and innovative training skills, with a specific focus on experiential learning.

2008 (Apr) Delivered a similar Communication and Training Skills course to health workers at the All Africa Leprosy, Tuberculosis and Rehabilitation Training (ALERT) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participants were health workers and trainers at ALERT.

2007-2011 In response to a request from BIKASH Training Institute in Pokhara, Nepal, I designed and delivered a Communication and Training Skills course to Health Workers. The perception of the requesting organisation was that many people trained in their institute were developing expertise in various fields of health, but lacked the skill to pass this on to others. The overall aim was to equip people with sound technical knowledge, the skills needed to transfer that knowledge to their own target groups. This course has been delivered in Nepal, for the past seven years, primarily targeting health workers in the fields of Leprosy, TB and HIV.

2004 (Jan-Dec) Assisted with the design and delivery of English as a Second Language and Delivery of Presentations in English, to German Business people, in Wuerzburg, Germany.

All the above mentioned courses have been delivered to people with technical expertise working in situations where they need to transfer their knowledge to others in their fields. A particular emphasis of the courses has been to create situations where participants are expected to demonstrate practical application of skills they have learned, either through delivering a training in the field, or delivering presentations and training to other participants.

Educational History: 

  

Date



Study/Course



Institute

  

  

2010

  

  

Master Degree  Medical Anthropology and Sociology

  

  

University of Amsterdam (UvA)

  

The Netherlands

  

  

2001-2004

  

  

Bachelor Degree – Double Major Cultural Anthropology and Public   Relations

  

(External Student)

      

Anthropology Award for 2004

  

Final PR Thesis result 99%

  

  

University of Southern Queensland, Australia

  

  

1998

  

  

Health Systems Research Course, Jos, Nigeria

  

Participation in Research Project

  

  

Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, NL

  

  

1995

  

  

Certificate in Prevention of Disabilities in Leprosy

  

  

ALERT, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

  

  

1991-1993

  

  

Degree in Comprehensive Nursing

  

  

Auckland Technological Institute (ATI), NZ

  

  

1977-1980

  

  

Degree in Occupational Therapy



Central Institute of Technology (CIT), Wellington, NZ


Employment History:

  

Date

  

  

Position

  

  

Duties Tasks

  

  

Employer/Contact Person/s

  

  

2015-2015

  

  

Researcher

  

  

Research with people with   learning difficulties in NL. Inquiring about the readiness for the upcoming ratification   of the UNCRPD and willingness to engage in inclusive research.

  

  

Prof. Geert van Hove, Disability Studies in   Nederland (DSiN)

      

Dr. Alice Schippers (DsiN)

  

  

2014-2015

  

  

Researcher & Evaluator

  

  

Evaluation   of a ‘Buddy Project’for disabled people within an Inclusive City Project

  

  

Dr. Alice Schippers Disability Studies in   Nederland (DSiN)

      

Prof. Geert van Hove,

  

 (DsiN)

  

  

2011-2015

  

  

Lecturer/Facilitator/Supervisor

  

  

Lecturing, Facilitating   Workgroups, Coordinating Modules, Supervising Bachelor and Master Level   students

  

  

Dr. Christine Dedding

  

Prof. Joske Bunders,

  

Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

  

  

2011-2015

  

  

Guest Lecturer Amsterdam   University College (AUC), NL

  

Guest Lecturer, Hogeschool,   Leiden, NL

  

Guest Lecturer, Royal   Tropical Institute (KIT) Amsterdam, NL

  

  

Lecturing, facilitating   workshops, grading theses

  

  

Dr. Beatriz Miranda-Galarza, AUC, Amsterdam, NL

  

Huib Cornielje, ENABLEMENT, Alphen aan de Rijn,   NL

  

Dr. Barend Gerretsen, KIT, NL

  

  

2006-2015

  

  

Director   to-the-point-consultancy

  

  

Facilitating various   communication, research training, TOT and Community Managed Project Training   in numerous places – Nepal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, The Netherlands,   Germany, Indonesia, Timor Leste

  

  

Mr Gopal Gurung, Training Officer,   BIKASH, Pokhara, Nepal

          

  

2004-2006

  

  

English Teacher, Germany

  

  

Teaching English as a   second language for businesses

  

  

Ingrid Ebert, ‘Active   English Training’, Wuerzburg, Germany

  

  

2000

  

  

Staff Nurse

  

  

Relief Nursing

  

  

Highland Primary Care, NHS   Trust, Scotland, UK

  

1994-1999

  





  

Occupational Therapist

  

  

Facilitator National TB and   Leprosy Training Centre, Prevention of Disability Officer, Kaduna State,   Nigeria



  

  

The Leprosy Mission International   (TLMI), London, UK

  

  

1996-1999





  

  

Occupational   Therapist/Nurse

  

  

Income Generating Projects   Coordinator – Voluntary Post

  

  

Federal Ministry of Health,   Nigeria

  



 

 

1994

  

  

Staff Nurse

  

  

Infectious Diseases Ward, In-service education

  

  

Auckland Health Care, New Zealand

  

  

1988-1993

  

  

Attendant carer/Staff Occupational Therapist (OT)

  

  

Part-time care giver to a C4 tetraplegic and his child. Part-time   community OT

  

  

Lee Tamati-Aubrey, Paeroa, New Zealand

  

Thames Hospital Board, New Zealand

  

  

1984-1986

  

  

Deckhand/Cook

  

  

Prawn Fishing

  

Inclusive two delivery voyages from Australia to Nigeria

  

  

Benguela Industries, Raptis Fishing Co., Cairns, Australia

  

  

1982-1984

  

  

Staff Occupational Therapist

  

  

Psychiatric Ward, member of a multi-disciplinary team involved in   education support groups

  

  

Kingseat Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

  

  

1981

  

  

Staff Occupational Therapist

  

  

Medical/Surgical Ward

  

Rehabilitation activities 

  

  

Thames Hospital, New Zealand