Jenny McAvoy

Director of Protection

Jenny McAvoy is InterAction’s Director of Protection, responsible for developing and leading collaborative efforts of InterAction’s members and other inter-agency fora to enhance humanitarian protection. Her expertise and current focus encompasses policy and programming, which support results-based approaches to protection; strengthening compliance with IHL and human rights law through humanitarian action; humanitarian access, negotiation, and adherence to humanitarian principles; UN integration; and the protection of civilians in armed conflict, including in relation to the roles of UN political and peacekeeping missions.Prior to joining InterAction, Jenny worked with the OCHA Policy Branch Protection and Displacement Section, focusing on analysis of trends in humanitarian access, the Security Council’s protection of civilians agenda, protection mandates of peacekeeping operations, and guidance on negotiations with parties to conflict on the protection of civilians and humanitarian access.Jenny previously worked for thirteen years with local, national and international NGOs in field operations primarily in Southeast Asia and in Sudan, including several years were with Oxfam GB, as Humanitarian Coordinator in Indonesia, Southeast Asia focal point for Arms Trade Treaty campaign, and Oxfam’s first Humanitarian Protection Advisor. Jenny pioneered Oxfam’s work on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, including the development of analytical, planning and training tools to enhance humanitarian programming and policy on protection.