Chris Mcivor is currently working as the Regional Representative for HelpAge International, covering the Middle East, and Eurasia region. He has a mix of management, operational, advocacy, fundraising, and partnership building responsibilities, and with the global team supports country level work in Jordan, Lebanon, Ukraine and Moldova. He also supports network member led programmes in Syria, Gaza, Yemen, Albania, and Armenia among others, particularly in relation to humanitarian crises, including the recent Covid 19 pandemic. He has a keen interest in advancing the Voice of older people across humanitarian and development programmes, and promoting their inclusion and participation in matters that affect them.
Prior to Help Age International he worked for Save the Children for 28 years in a variety of senior management roles. His assignments included country directorships in Morocco, the Caribbean (covering Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica), Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Egypt, and Sri Lanka. He was also Deputy Regional Director for Save the Children in Southern Africa, with a key focus on improving programming quality and design as well as promoting documentation of programme experience for purposes of national and international advocacy. He has extensive experience of overseeing humanitarian programmes relating to civil conflict and natural disasters, including work in Haiti, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Egypt, and Sri Lanka. He is the author of several books on child participation, children on the move, environmental issues including climate change and humanitarian accountability as well as three autobiographical works relating to his travels and experiences in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Morocco and the Caribbean