Juerg Christen

Managing Director, Senior Social Infrastructure and Environmental Management Specialist

Areas of expertise:

  • Decentralisation and institutional development
  • Water & Environmental Management
  • Advising on and management of infrastructure development

Juerg Christen is the Manging Director of Skat. He is an experienced infrastructure, governance and institutional development professional who combines processes and stakeholder participation with sound technical and methodological expertise.

Key data

Qualification (Institute) Post-Graduate Course (Diploma) in Ecology and Environmental Management Fachhochschule Vaduz (LIS) & Chur (NDS LIS) Liechtenstein & Switzerland

B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (HTL/FHS), Lucerne, Switzerland

Working languages German (nativ), English (excellent), French (intermediate), Nepali (basic)
Years of Experience 30+
Nationality Swiss
Country experience and regional expertise Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia& Herzegovina, Ukraine Moldova

Sub-Saharan Africa: Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Ethiopia Lesotho, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya

Asia: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Bhutan, Nepal, India

Americas: Guatemala, Brazil

Selected projects, roles, achievements and publications
  • DESPRO Project Director/Teamleader, Decentralisation, Water and Environmental Sanitation Specialist (Ukraine)
  • Conception of Caritas supported earthquake reconstruction project (Nepal)
  • Evaluation of the SDC supported WASH projects implemented by the Swiss W&S NGO Consortium (Nepal)
  • Project Director/Team Leader and Environmental Management Specialist in the SDC funded PROECCO project (Burundi, Rwanda, Congo)
  • Evaluation of the SDC financed Regional Rural Water and Sanitation Project (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)
  • Support the SDC funded Municipal Governance Project in developing an Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategy (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
  • Initiation and implementation of the national integrated solid waste management strategy and regulation (Bhutan)
  • Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation – Formulation of Trail Bridge Capacity Building Programme and development of a programme to integrate processes and technology into national policies and strategies (Ethiopia)
  • Project Director/Rural Infrastructure Development Specialist in the ADB/DIFD/OFIDSDC financed Rural Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Sector Development Programme (Nepal)
  • APASAN – Formulation of the SDC funded WASH Project that aims at scaling up models of community based services in water supply and environmental sanitation (Moldova)
  • Assessment of the Swiss Solidarity sponsored tsunami reconstruction projects in South Karaikal (India)
  • Poverty analysis and foprmulation the ZNDP project Poverty Reduction through Employment Generation (Bangladesh)
  • Development and backstopping of the SDC/UNDP programme Municipal Governance and Sustainable Development Project (Ukraine/Crimea)
  • Presentation at the IFRTD annual conference the paper “Networking Myths and Trends”, Stockholm 2005
  • Autor of the publication ” Peace and Stability through sustainable Social and Economic Development“, Crimea 2004
  • Reviewer of WHO publication “safe management of wastes from health care activities”, Switzerland 2000
  • Co-author of “How are we managing healthcare wastes”, Skat 1999
  • Co-author of “Conceptual Framework for MSWM in low-income countries”, CH 1996
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