Eileen McCarthy is the Advocacy Manager for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Afghanistan. In this role, she provides overall leadership, management and strategic direction to NRC’s policy and advocacy, communications, and media work in Afghanistan.
Previously with Save the Children in Myanmar and Iraq, Eileen led national and international advocacy on the Rohingya and Mosul responses and humanitarian crises in Myanmar and Iraq. She has co-authored two reports on the mental health and psychosocial impacts of conflict on children: Picking up the Pieces: Rebuilding the lives of Mosul’s Children after years of conflict and violence and An Unbearable Reality: The impact of war and displacement on children’s mental health in Iraq.
Prior to this she worked with InterAction, Crisis Action, and Action on Armed Violence to support advocacy, protection programming, and campaigning on protection of civilians and victims’ rights in armed conflict in a variety of contexts, including Colombia, Lebanon, Syria, South Sudan, CAR, and on the Arms Trade Treaty.
Eileen holds an MSc in International Development & Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Political Economy from Fordham University.