Harm holds a BSc in Tropical Forestry. He has 20 years of professional and managerial experience in international development work in the areas of programme design and portfolio management, water and sanitation, natural resource management, resource mobilization and leadership. He worked in various countries including Cameroon, Niger, Mali and Vietnam.
He joined SNV in 1990 as forestry advisor in West Africa where he was leading external funded forestry and agricultural programs (World Bank, EU and DGIS). In Asia Harm supervised the set-up of a national Biogas program which became one of the flagship programs of Vietnam, this program was awarded with a prestigious international prize.
He furthermore initiated the design of different successful programs in the area of governance, land allocation and tourism and successfully mobilized funding from the Asian Development Bank, EKN and DGIS for those programs. The Government of Vietnam awarded him with a medal of merit for his contribution to the development of Vietnam. Within SNV Asia he was at regional level responsible for SNV Asia's forestry knowledge network within this capacity he has successfully established partnerships with RECOFT, FAO, WWF and IUCN.
He joined SNV Kenya as a portfolio coordinator in May 2007 having served for six years as portfolio coordinator in SNV Vietnam. In his capacity as portfolio coordinator he was leading a team of 18 advisors and support staff in the North Rift region. The portfolio is supporting a vibrant selection of client constellations around dairy, horticulture, meat, tourism, water and sanitation, and education. At national level he is responsible for the Water and Sanitation sector team, his focus is on product development and partnerships. He successfully established a partnership with UNICEF which included an important resource mobilization component.
At the ESA regional level he is responsible for the strategic development of the Local Capacity Development Facility: an innovative capacity development approach aiming at making the current practice of budget support more responsive towards the sub-national level with a special attention for capacity building.
Harm became the Country Director for SNV Kenya in January 2011. His vision is that SNV will be recognized as one of the main capacity development organizations within the Water and Sanitation, Agriculture and Renewable sectors in Kenya.