Chris has worked as NGO Field Director in Bangladesh; NGO Team Leader in Somalia; NGO Deputy Country Director in Cambodia; UN role with the Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; and NGO Support Office positions in Australia, Belgium & the UK.  He has also been contracted for a number of global humanitarian advisory, consultancy and mentoring/networking roles (see details below). Advisory work is normally of medium term duration (eg 3-6 months); Consultancy is generally of somewhat shorter duration; whilst Mentoring/Networking is primarily capacity building with fellow humanitarian practitioners.

We also share information and ideas with our small network of Global Humanitarian Practitioners (GHPs), and we involve them as much as possible in our online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) training program. 

Global Humanitarian Adviser

This has included:

  • Bushfire Recovery Adviser (BRA) to a Victorian church agency following the 2000 bushfires.
  • Global Humanitarian Adviser (GHA) for three European-based agencies.
  • Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Advisor with a national church-based agency in Vanuatu.
  • DRM Advisor for the Tonga National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO).
  • DRM Adviser for a Victorian church involved in community-based recovery initiatives following the 2009 bushfires and 2011 floods
  • Crisis Centre Advisor to Albanian church agencies in Tirana responding to the 1999 influx of refugees from Kosovo

Global Humanitarian Consultant

This has included:

  • Review of Pacific Island Nation humanitarian program for an Australian NGO.
  • Separate Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Consultancies for NGOs in Laos, PNG, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands.
  • DRM expert on an Australian Government mission to Cambodia, planning out the comprehensive resettlement and reintegration program of refugees from Thailand
  • NGO recovery initiatives in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, following the Indian Ocean tsunami; and in Myanmar, following Cyclone Nargis
  • UN capacity building role with the Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP) in Bangladesh
  • Member of the joint Australian-PNG government team planning out recovery initiatives following the tsunami at Aitape, PNG
  • Logistical planning for chartered aircraft carrying humanitarian supplies into Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Jordan
  • Team member on drought assessments for NGOs working in both PNG and Afghanistan

Global Humanitarian Mentor

This has included:

  • Ongoing networking with expert global humanitarian practitioners based out of NZ, Australia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Malawi & South Africa.
  • Mentoring humanitarian and development practitioners, working out of Malawi, Afghanistan and Niger.
  • Co-founder of Torquay Food Aid, the Melbourne Development Circle (MDC), and the Syrian Community (SC)/Humanitarian Community (HC) Forum.