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Fraser Murray
Consultant , Research consultancy
Villeurbanne, France
Specialist in all facets of policy development, advocacy, qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation within forced displacement and humanitarian aid. Effective and efficient communicator and practitioner, adept in coordinating partnerships addressing the gaps in programme policy while providing formal recommendations for solutions. Experience recruiting, training and managing cross-funct
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
As a results-oriented and motivated researcher and advocate with extensive experience in the field of humanitarian aid, displacement, migration and modern slavery, in addition to a Ph.D. in Refugee Studies The focus of my career to date has been on research, policy design and programme management and evaluation. Over 28 years, I have managed humanitarian programmes and offered vital contributions to the field through ongoing qualitative and quantitative academic research, as well as NGO research and evaluations to understand the relevance of relations between local communities and displaced people in humanitarian settings. I proactively contribute to discussions related to ethical challenges and organisational positioning. Furthermore, I support programmes by conducting research, evaluations, data management and policy development to support operational objectives.
Highlights of my credentials:
• An expert in humanitarian and refugee law includes having an OISC (level 2) legal qualification to help asylum seekers file an asylum application. I have helped over 300 asylum seekers file refugee status claims in Europe since 2003. Furthermore, I teach humanitarian and refugee law to master's students at University Lumiere Lyon 2 and University College London. From an NGO perspective, I have acted as an ethics focal point for NGO management teams applying humanitarian law and principles to their work.
• Significant fieldwork experience since 1993 in humanitarian contexts in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and eastern Europe, including being based in eastern DR Congo for over seven years. Past roles include substantial multi-stakeholder work with UN cluster groups to develop and coordinate data processes to improve the delivery of humanitarian aid.
• Broad range of cross-agency work on humanitarian and displacement issues, which includes inter-agency research and advocacy focused on humanitarian support in the African Great Lakes (with the EU in Brussels) and drafting the UN Compact on Refugees (at the UNGA in New York and Geneva). Worked with regional bodies and national and local governments to improve their capacity to conduct monitoring of internal displacement (DRC, Lebanon and Iraq). The successful outcomes from this work were based on practical negotiation skills and working closely with colleagues.
• Over twenty years of experience working in French-speaking environments, currently teaching humanitarian-related Sociology at the master’s level at a French university. Teaching humanitarian crises and responses, research ethics, and qualitative and quantitative research methods (specifically focusing on humanitarian aid).
• Provided both short and long-term training and capacity building for civil society organisations working in humanitarian aid as part of the localisation approach of NGOs and through my academic research. Training included teaching research methods, data collection and interview skills and included pastoral support as well as the development of informal networks of country-based MEAL evaluators.
My wide-ranging experience in technical and thematic programmes demonstrates my ability to provide substantive support for organisational goals. Success in past roles has been based on my ability to work as part of a team to effectively coordinate resources.
Ph.D. Sociology (Refugee Studies) | Oxford Brookes University, UK, 2015
Thesis: Analysis of social networks developed by Congolese refugees.
Master of Arts, African Studies | University of York, UK, 1993
Dissertation: Food security and global price-fixing of maize prices and the impact in Zimbabwe and region.
Bachelor of Arts, History | Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada, 1989
Major: History & Sociology. Minor: Africa & the Middle East & Development
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French
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