Focus Areas: gender in humanitarian action; child protection in economic strengthening programs; adolescent girls’ protection and empowerment; youth livelihoods development; urban refugee livelihoods; coalition-based UN advocacy; participatory program assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation; UN joint programming; training and capacity-building

Josh Chaffin promotes positive social change for vulnerable women and children, adolescents and youth through research, programming and advocacy. In 2006-7, he managed a USAID-funded reintegration program for children and women affected by the fighting forces in Liberia. He managed the humanitarian advocacy portfolios at ChildFund Alliance and Women Deliver in New York, and managed the Child Protection portfolio at Women’s Refugee Commission for six years. At UNICEF headquarters he managed a global evaluation of the agency’s work for adolescents. At UNICEF's East and Southern Africa regional office he served as Technical Expert on adolescents in humanitarian settings. He has consulted on child protection and youth empowerment issues for ILO, UNDG, the Government of Liberia, UNDP, INEE, World Vision International, Adam Smith International, NRC, War Child, and MercyCorps.

Research & Publications

January 2016|Psychology of Violence|Josh Chaffin, Ismayilova L., Karimli L., Gaveras E., Sanson J., To A., Nanema R., Delannoy C.

Increasing women’s empowerment status and reducing family violence in a West African country: results of a cluster-randomised controlled trial

January 2015|Enterprise Development & Microfinance Journal|Josh Chaffin, Cali Mortenson Ellis

Evaluations of outcomes for children and youth from NGO-supported microeconomic interventions: a research synthesis

January 2015|Women's Refugee Commission|Josh Chaffin, Dale Buscher

Economic Empowerment of Urban Refugee Youth: Guiding Principles

January 2014|Children and Youth Services Review|Josh Chaffin, Lindsay Stark, Fred Ssewamala, Mark Canavera, Debbie Landis

Economic Dimensions of Child Protection and Well-being