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Andrew Mitchell
Senior Social Protection Officer , UNHCR
La Roche sur Foron, France
Leading expert and technical adviser on field-driven approaches to transition from humanitarian assistance to government social protection and resilience-building programmes. Since 2002, has supported action across the humanitarian-development-peace
nexus in contexts of fragility, disaster and displacement in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Working in fragile and humanitarian contexts since 2002, leading expert and technical adviser on social protection and resilience who has pioneered, influenced and transformed globaland institutional policies and practice. Advocate of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, able to inspire new approaches based on evidence to transition humanitarian assistance to government social protection systems, disaster risk reduction and resilience-building programmes.

Combined 15+ years of social protection and resilience research, programming and advisory roles with the soft skills needed to build
strategic partnerships, advance internal and external positioning, and strengthen capacities to improve effectiveness.

Career Highlights
GLOBAL POLICY: Influenced major multilateral and bilateral donors to align their assistance and social protection programmes to prepare for the inclusion of forcibly displaced persons in government systems.
UN-INGOs: Shaped the application of social protection and resilience in UN and INGO platforms addressing contexts of forced displacement, disaster, conflict and food insecurity.
UNHCR: Developed and rolled out a global programme on social protection, achieving a 4-year institutional roadmap and supporting its rollout in 6 regional bureaux and at least 20 countries, whilst leading the research agenda.
WORLD BANK: Technical advice to the design of the World Bank IDA 18 / 19 Refugee Sub-Window projects in Mauritania, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi to help open up inclusion of refugees in government social safety nets.
OECD: Led the research and wrote the publication and guidelines that enabled the OECD and DAC donors to disseminate and tailor tools for analysing risk and promoting resilience in fragile countries.
ACF: Prepared country strategies and proposals supporting resilient food and nutrition security systems across Africa.
- PhD in Geosciences University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
- Postgraduate Diploma in Geochemistry and Geology, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
- Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geology and Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Affiliations and Achievements:
Selected Publications
- UNHCR, 2021 - Emerging Lessons from World Bank Group Social Protection Investments in Refugee-hosting Areas.
- UNHCR, 2021 - Inclusion of Refugees in Government Social Protection Systems in Africa.
- UNHCR, 2019 - Aligning Humanitarian Cash Assistance with National Social Safety Nets in Refugee Settings.
- Chaired session on effective social protection for displaced persons in urban settings at the International Conference on
Social Protection in Contexts of Fragility and Forced Displacement (2017).
- OECD, 2014 - Guidelines for Resilience Systems Analysis.
- ACF-World Bank, 2012 - Managing Risk in Insecure Contexts: Pathways to Resilience and Peacebuilding. GFDRR.

Recent Platform Roles
Member of: Technical Advisory Board: WBG-DFID Trust Fund for Social Protection Research and the OECD Inclusive Social Protection Research Initiative | Grand Bargain Cash Stream Sub-Working Group on Social Protection | Informal Inter-agency Working Group on Social Protection and COVID-19 | UN IASC Humanitarian-Development Nexus Working Group | UN High Level Programmes Committee on Risk, Resilience and Prevention Working Group | OECD Experts Group on Risk and Resilience |
Steering Committee for VOICE (Europe) and BOND (UK) Disaster Risk Reduction INGO platforms

Available for:
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French
    Australia , France
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