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 address protection concerns. Her expertise and current focus encompasses strengthening the protection of civilians in armed conflict, including through compliance with international humanitarian law; strengthening policy and practice to mitigate civilian harm; humanitarian negotiations; humanitarian access; and adherence to humanitarian principles.


Prior to joining InterAction, Jenny worked with the OCHA Policy Branch Protection and Displacement Section in the UN Secretariat, 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 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. Jenny has a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University, with a focus on international security policy.