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Joshua Lynes

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Programme Officer - Eastern Europe | Resource and Support Hub
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Josh joined Social Development Direct as part of the Programmes team in June 2022, to support the management and delivery of the company’s largest prime contract, the Disaster Emergency Committee-funded Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub for Eastern Europe (RSH EE). RSH EE provides organisations and individuals responding to the war in Ukraine with the tools, guidance, support and training they need to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment.

Josh brings his strong sectoral background to SDDirect, having acquired experience with a number of organisations in the humanitarian and development sector.

Before joining SDDirect, he worked as Assistant Programme Officer for the Middle East at Mercy Corps, where he provided cross-cutting support across all of Mercy Corps’ European donor funded programmes in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. Prior to this, he completed a placement with the International Emergencies team at the British Red Cross, where he conducted critical research focused on improving learning from the British Red Cross’ international emergency responses. Josh has also supported the British Red Cross in a voluntary capacity, as a Fundraising Support Volunteer. 

As well as this, Josh has worked for The Challenge as a Senior Mentor on their National Citizen Service programme, where he guided teams of young people in the UK, to design and deliver social projects and campaigns in their local communities. In addition, Josh brings his international project experience, having worked on a health-based project in Liberia, when on an International Citizen Service placement with Y Care International, and a social mobility project in Portugal with Associação Spin. 

Josh holds an MA in International Development, as well as a BA in Politics and Philosophy, both of which he attained at the University of Sheffield.