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Rory Peck Trust appoints new Head of Programmes

Mary O’Shea is joining the Rory Peck Trust as the Trust’s new Head of Programmes.

O’Shea is a programme specialist with over 12 years international experience. She brings to the role extensive field experience, having worked on a freelance basis in countries including Sudan, Jordan, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, South Sudan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Togo, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Timor-Leste.

Over the past decade, O’Shea has regularly provided independent programme advisory services to the UN and the EU. In 2014, she conducted the mid-term review of the UN’s large-scale electoral assistance project in Afghanistan, providing recommendations on the efficiency and effectiveness of the project in the emerging country context. At UNDP Asia Pacific, she co-ordinated a regional programme to support the Institutional and capacity development of National Human Rights Institutions across the region. She has also conducted numerous results-orientated monitoring of EU supported projects in post-conflict contexts, bringing a donor perspective to her role at the Trust.

Prior to working with the UN, O’Shea was a Policy Desk Officer in the Human Rights & Democratisation Unit of the European Commission, reporting on human rights issues across Africa and is currently Programme Specialist at Unicef UK, where she has supported the development of income-generating programmes through philanthropy and partnership engagement.

Mary O’Shea has also worked as a freelance journalist, and has been published in the Irish Times, South China Morning Post, Courier International and Index on Censorship Magazine. In 2013 and 2014, she was awarded Irish Aid’s Simon Cumbers Media Fund grant for journalistic reporting on development issues and was a contributor to Rosie Garthwaite’s book How to Avoid Being Killed in a Warzone: The Essential Survival Guide for Dangerous Places, published by Bloomsbury in 2011.

Trust Director Tina Carr said: “Mary brings a great breadth of experience and valuable expertise to the Rory Peck Trust, and I welcome her knowledge, enthusiasm and energy. We very much look forward to working with her as she helps to take the work of the Trust into its next phase.”

Mary O’Shea commented: “I have long respected the work of the Rory Peck Trust and am delighted to be joining the organisation and contribute to its important work supporting freelance journalists around the world. My interest has always been the intersection between journalism and human rights, so this role brings together both my professional experience and my passion. I am very much looking forward to getting started in October.”