Richard has 25 years of experience in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and research, specialising in fragile and conflict-affected environments. His main areas of technical expertise are: third party monitoring, theory of change and logframe development, and evaluation of media and communication-based interventions. His currently works as an M&E advisor with the UK Foreign Office’s Stabilisation Unit.

He has undertaken MEL work for DFID (Syria, Lebanon and Iraq), UK Foreign Office (Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Senegal, and Tunisia), the Netherlands (Lebanon), GIZ (Nigeria), the EU (Lebanon and Nigeria), US State Department (Somalia), and the UN (Lebanon and Sri Lanka).

Richard has conducted MEL and research in 40 countries, having lived and worked as an M&E practitioner in: Jordan (his current base), Kenya, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and the UK, and as a research practitioner in China, France, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

In recent years he has focused on the Middle East and especially Syria. From 2017 to 2019 he was the Program Director of the Independent Monitoring Agent of the Syria Recovery Trust Fund, a multi-donor fund receiving contributions from thirteen donor governments. From 2016 to 2019 he worked as Deputy Project Director for two independent monitoring projects for DfID in Syria and Iraq. Other key roles have been: Global Director of M&E for Aktis Strategy (Beirut), Head of East Africa Social Research for Kantar (Nairobi), and Research Director at the Charities Aid Foundation (London), where he also had responsibility for media, public and government affairs. He has a BA in International Marketing and a Post Graduate Certificate in Development Management.

Richard Harrison has extensive experience in working in: Chad, France, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Tunisia. Major areas of expertise include: Monotoring, evalution and impact assessment