Lobke Dijkstra 

BSc Physical therapy   –   MSc International Health


  2018 Turkey (Syrian border)
Position: Consultant needs assessment and ECHO proposal advisor.
Needs assessment rehabilitation services in Syrian border area. 

Technical proposal development for ECHO funding.

  2016 – current South America, Southeast Europe, Central Asia
Position: Independent motorcycle traveller.
Accepting assignments along the way.
  2015 – 2016 Switzerland, Cameroon, India, Nepal
Position: Disability program manager
Development of disability-inclusive policy and strategy for head-office and country offices. 

Technical support for Cameroon, India, and Nepal (Community-based Rehabilitation, multi-year planning technical support, proposal writing).

Initiation and installation of the Swiss Coalition for Disability in International Cooperation.

Participation in national and international networks (neglected tropical diseases, disability-inclusive development).

  2014 – 2015 Philippines
Position: Technical advisor Specific needs and Inclusion
Post-disaster rehabilitation and development capacity building. 

Team management at 2 field locations; support to country office.

Quality assessment of assistive devices.

  2014 Tajikistan
Position: Consultant inclusive education.
Advice on inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream schools. 

Pilot training and manual development.

  2013 – 2014 Ethiopia (Somaliland)
Position: Rehabilitation-trainer (2 consecutive missions)
Training development and implementation for community rehabilitation staff, refugee workers, and camp managers (traumatic amputation management, clubfoot, children with disabilities, home adaptations). Somali refugee camps and satellite clinics.
  2012 – 2013 Haiti
Position: Physiotherapist-tutor (prolonged mission)
On the job training and supervision of national students: post-disaster rehabilitation and development (multi-trauma, injuries, neurology, children). 

Clinical management of the rehabilitation department, outreach program and assistive devices.

2011 – 2012 Netherlands
Position: Project coordinator
Set up volunteer services for elderly and people with disabilities. 

Acquisition, coordination, management of >100 volunteers.

Representation and lobby at local government bodies.

  2006 – 2009 Thailand (Burmese border)
Position: Project coordinator, rehabilitation-trainer, country-representative.
Capacity building, clinical supervision, expat coordination, proposal writing, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, reporting in 10 project sites. 

Introduce a comprehensive rehabilitation service: physical, psychological, and socio-economic reintegration for refugees and internally displaced people (direct and indirect landmine victims).

  2002 – 2011 Netherlands
Position: Physiotherapist, staff advisor.
Physical rehabilitation therapy at inpatients, outpatients and children departments (orthopaedics, neurology, trauma). 

Quality management, initiation project innovative change in human resources.

Project management international cooperation.

  2001 United States (Arizona)
Position: International internship.
Physical therapy at outpatients department of Native Indian Hospital.


Educational background

2018 Master diploma in TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) E-learning
2015 Management and Leadership in Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2013 – 2014 Master in International Health: 

Tropical medicine core course


Project design, management and evaluation


Qualitative research

Children in difficult circumstances

Disability and development


Violence, conflict and health

Royal Tropical Institute KIT Amsterdam, Netherlands 


Charité Universitätsmedizin  Berlin, Germany


University College


United Kingdom


Universitetet i Bergen, Norway

2012 Management of volunteer services Netherlands
2011 Training of trainers in the humanitarian sector London, United Kingdom
2011 Social network strategies Netherlands
2010 Psychosocial support in (post-)conflict areas Netherlands
2010 Health counselling Netherlands
2005 Sexuality in rehabilitation Netherlands
2004 Senso-motory integration 1&2 Netherlands
2003 Central neurological disorders Netherlands
1998 – 2002 Bachelor physiotherapy Netherlands
1991 – 1998 Preparatory scientific education Netherlands