Rachel Maher

Rachel is the global Accountability to Affected People (AAP) focal point for OCHA and the IASC for the UN. Rachel brings extensive experience of working at the intersection of accountability, community engagement, media and rights in humanitarian and development settings. She comes to (OCHA/IASC) after coordinating the RCCE response to COVID-19 with WHO in Afghanistan and advising on the establishment of Community Engagement and Accountability platforms in Burkina Faso with the CDAC Network.

Previously she worked to advance community engagement in the European refugee response and in West Africa's Ebola outbreaks. Her experience spans coordination and program implementation with UN agencies and NGOs, in health risk communications, humanitarian information and media development, including with the ICRC, IOM, UNOCHA, UNHCR, Internews Network and BBC MediaAction. Having worked in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Balkans and Greece Rachel also has extensive experience in advocacy and fostering a commitment to accountability to communities at risk. Before joining the international humanitarian sector, she worked in Australia’s civil society and community and public broadcasting networks, in particular with women, young people, Indigenous and migrant communities.

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