Curriculum Vitae

Rolph Eric van der HOEVEN

Date of birth 23 June 1948
Nationality: Dutch
Marital status: Married, two children
Residence: Collex Bossy, Switzerland


1966-69 University of Amsterdam: B.Sc. in Econometrics
1970-74 University of Amsterdam: M.Sc. in Econometrics (Drs.)
1987 Free University of Amsterdam: Ph.D. in Development Economics
(Thesis: Planning for Basic Needs in Kenya: A Basic Needs Simulation Model)


Dutch, English, German, French


2007-present Professor of Employment and Development Economics, ISS, The Hague

2005- June 2008 Director, Policy Coherence Group, Integration Department, ILO, Geneva

  • Management of the group.
  • Coordinating Activities in on Decent Work
  • Preparing major documents for ILO on International Economic and Financial policies
  • Representing the ILO at intergovernmental, interagency and expert group meetings.
  • Organising consultations, forums and technical meetings.
  • Developing research programme and networking with global research institutes.

2002-05 Manager, Technical Secretariat, World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization,(Established by the ILO) Geneva

  • Management responsibility of technical secretariat and advice to top level management.
  • Preparing major documents for the Commission.
  • Representing the Secretariat at intergovernmental, interagency and expert group meetings.
  • Organising technical meetings.
  • Networking with global research institutes.

1999-01 Chief, Macroeconomic and Development Policies Group, Employment Sector, ILO, Geneva

  • Coordinate research on macroeconomic policies, employment, income distribution and poverty.
  • Representing the Employment Sector in internal task forces and coordinating bodies
  • Liaising with the field structure on macroeconomic and employment policies.
  • Liaising with World Bank, IMF and various UN organizations on macroeconomic policies, poverty, and employment as well as providing inputs to global events.
  • Networking with UNU, WIDER and other global research institutes

1997-99 Manager, Action Programme on Structural Adjustment, ILO, Geneva

  • Coordinating research employment planning, structural adjustment and social consensus building.
  • Coordinating field activities on structural adjustment and social consensus building.
  • Liaising with the World Bank, IMF and UN on structural adjustment social consensus building.
  • Organizing inter-agency missions and meetings on employment and structural adjustment.
  • Adviser to the UN Staff College on economic development issues.

1994-96 Head, Employment and Policy Unit, ILO, Geneva.

  • Coordinating research on employment planning, poverty and structural adjustment.
  • Coordination of ILO field activities on employment planning.
  • Organizing inter-agency missions and meetings on employment, poverty and economic reform.
  • Liaising with donor agencies on financing projects on employment and structural adjustment.
  • Promotion of ILO concerns on employment planning and structural adjustment.
  • Coordinating country activities for follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development

1991-94 Manager, Interdepartmental Project on Structural Adjustment, ILO Geneva.

  • Managing Interdepartmental Project on Structural Adjustment.
  • Promotion of ILO concerns on adjustment and employment.
  • Coordination of work on structural adjustment.
  • Setting up research and technical advisory programme role of the public sector and adjustment.
  • Inter-agency structural adjustment missions.
  • Preparation for 2nd High-Level Meeting on Structural Adjustment and Employment.
  • Advisor of the JCGP Sub-Group on Adjustment.
  • Member of the External Advisory Board of World Bank SDA activities.

1988-91 Economic Advisor, UNICEF, New York.

  • Coordination of adjustment activities.
  • Responsible for research on adjustment.
  • Organisation of country assessment missions on adjustment.
  • Organisation of seminars and training programmes on adjustment.
  • Acting for Deputy Director, UNICEF on economic and adjustment issues.
  • Chairperson of the JCGP Sub-Group on Adjustment.
  • Member of the External Advisory Board of World Bank SDA Activities.

1982-88 Senior Research Economist, World Employment Programme, ILO, Geneva.

  • Management of the project on simulation models on basic needs.
  • Review and forward planning of World Employment Programme.
  • Contributions to ILO World Labour Reports.
  • Setting up new research programme on the socioeconomic effects of stabilisation policies.
  • Organisation of Tripartite High-Level Meeting on Employment and Adjustment.

1978-82 Research Economist at World Employment Programme, ILO, Geneva.

  • Member of research team constructing macroeconomic models to evaluate basic needs policies, responsible for constructing socio economic simulation models in India and Kenya.
  • Research on income distribution and basic needs in general.
  • Assisted in the preparation of the 1979 follow-up of the World Employment Conference.

1976-78 Team member of Jobs and Skills Programme for Africa, ILO, Addis Ababa.

  • Participation in final editing of JASPA reports to Zambia and Swaziland.
  • Preparation participation employment advisory missions to Tanzania, Niger, Sierra Leone
  • Participating in final drafting of reports Tanzania, Niger Sierra Leone
  • Research on income inequality and basic needs in Africa.

1974-76 Associate Expert, ILO Area Office, Lusaka, Zambia.

  • Assistant to the Director of the Office, administration of projects, scholarships, organisation of seminars, negotiations with UNDP.
  • Research on income distribution in Zambia.
  • Preparation and participation in ILO Employment advisory mission to Zambia and Swaziland, responsible for sections on incomes policy, basic needs and macroeconomic projections.

1972-73 Research Officer, “Stichting Economisch Onderzoek”, University of Amsterdam.

  • Estimation long-term budget for the Department of Education of the Municipality of Amsterdam.
  • Development of computer model assessing degree of sufficiency of social expenditure by municipalities in the Netherlands.