Marjolein Dieleman

Senior Adviser

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Marjolein Dieleman, PHD, MSc, MPH is a senior adviser in human resources for health (HRH) and health systems research and director of KIT’s activities as a WHO collaborating center for Human Resources for Health. She is also Associate Professor at Amsterdam’s Vrije Universiteit, where she teaches and coordinates the Governance for Global Health module within the Master’s in Global Health Research programme. Her two main roles, as teacher and adviser/researcher, allow her to bridge between research and practice in the area of health systems and human resources for health in low and middle-income countries.

Marjolein has extensive experience in strategic human resource for health management, in policy and planning and training and in conducting action research. The areas she covers include governance and accountability, performance, and the retention and the motivation of health workers.  As part of her work, Marjolein supports partners in Sub-saharan Africa in documenting and disseminating their research and experiences in programmes to strengthen health systems. Currently, Marjolein is project leader for KIT in a consortium of seven partners working to scale-up action research with district health management teams in Malawi, Ghana and Uganda.  Additionally, she supports the World Bank in their process monitoring and evaluation of a results-based financing programme in Zimbabwe.


Publications in international peer-reviewed journals


Other official international publications (peer reviewed)

  • Dieleman MA, Hilhorst T and Utrera J (2012). Emerging practices of faith-based organisations addressing human resources for health. In: Olivier J and Wodon Q The comparative nature of faith-inspired health care provision in Sub-Saharan Africa: strengthening the evidence for faith-inspired health engagement in Africa, volume 2. Washington: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank. 101-113.
  • Dieleman, MA, Kane S, Zwanikken P, Gerretsen B (2011) Realist review and synthesis of retention studies for health workers in rural and remote areas. Geneva: World Health Organization.
  • Van den Broek A, Gedik G, Dal Poz M, Dieleman MA (2010) Policies and practices of countries experiencing a crisis in Human Resources for Health: tracking survey. Human Resources for Health Observer 6, Geneva: World Health Organization.
  • Adjei, S., E. Maniple, T.B. Dokotala, I. Mpoza K., P.M. Pamba, E. Pearl, M. Dieleman (ed.), T. Hilhorst (ed.) (2009) Quest for Quality, Interventions to Improve Human Resources for Health among Faith-Based Organisations. KIT and Cordaid.
  • Dieleman, M. and J. Harnmeijer (2006) ‘Improving health worker performance: in search of promising practices.’ Geneva: World Health Organization.
  • Dieleman M. (2004) Specific programs and human resources: addressing a key implementation constraint. Report of the Joint Learning Initiative. Amsterdam: KIT Publishers.


  • Process Monitoring and evaluation of Results-Based Financing in Zimbabwe, 2012-2014
  • Study on effective recruitment and retention of health workers in EU countries (2014)
  • Workforce planning, forecasting and strategy development to increase coverage of HRH needs in Togo, Guinea, Benin and Burkina Faso (2013-2014)
  • Research on functioning of health committees in Guinea, Benin and RD Congo (2013-2014)
  • Capitalisation of experiences of the Belgium Technical Cooperation in institutional support to the health sector in RD Congo and in Burundi (2013-2014)
  • Support to Human Resources for Health Assessment and development of Human Resources Management course for the health sector in Moldova (2013)
  • Support to action-research in the health sector in Benin (2012-2014)
  • Senior research in a WOTRO research program on social accountability for maternal health services in Burundi and RD Congo (2012-2016)
  • Capacity building in management for Provincial Health Executives in Zimbabwe (2012)
  • Expanding market-oriented and gender equitable health research training capacity for improved access to and quality of health services in Tanzania (2010-2015)
  • Development of a tool for planning and management of HRH for Maternal and New Born Health for WHO (2012)
  • Realist Review of human resource interventions to improve service delivery for child survival (2011)
  • Retention of health personnel in the 11 member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (2011)
  • Retention of health personnel in the 9 countries of the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) (2011).
  • Accredited modules on Human Resources for Health and Health Systems Research (annually since 2002)