Peter Orr

Peter Orr

TrustWorks Associate

Peter has 25 years of experience in the humanitarian field managing relief operations, advocating for increased resources, more effective protection and assistance for displaced people, and serving as a consultant to nongovernmental organisations. Peter is a long-time member of Médecins Sans Frontières, with whom he worked in various settings – primarily in conflict settings (e.g., Burundi, Nigeria, Palestine, Sudan, Syria), as well as in other humanitarian crises. Beginning as an administrator, he then moved on to project management and mission coordination.

Utilising his experience in operational-level assessments and context and needs analysis, as well as constant interaction with other NGOs, the Red Cross movement, United Nations agencies, government officials, and non-state actors, Peter worked as Senior Advocate for Refugees International, primarily focused on the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and Sudan. In this role, he used a system-based approach but without losing sight of on-the-ground complexities and the people most affected by crisis.

Peter’s work as a consultant to NGOs has been diverse, including clients that bridge the divide between development efforts and humanitarian operations. Peter’s advice on operations, advocacy, and policy have drawn on insights from the humanitarian system’s efforts to reform itself via greater accountability, localisation, and better context analysis.

Peter also worked as a journalist, first based in Kampala and later in Cairo. Peter earned a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York. Previously he studied at McGill University and l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Regional Specialization

Central, East, and West Africa and the Middle East

Thematic Specialization

Humanitarian Response, Conflict Analysis, Needs Assessments, System Assessments, Humanitarian Accountability, Localisation Agenda, Humanitarian-Development Nexus


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