Associated Expert (as of July 2018)

Shraddha Mahapatra holds an MSc in Public Policy and Financial Management from University of London, Centre of Financial and International Management, UK. She has worked for the UN for 10 years in fragile, post conflict, protracted crisis and development settings. She began her career with UN as a National Social Protection Officer in 2007 working for Jean Dreze’s UNDP programme on National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. She joined UNICEF Lebanon in early 2017 as Social Protection Specialist and (a.i) Chief of Social Policy leading on developing trainings involving monetary and non-monetary poverty analysis for children, undertaking studies on the economics of social protection, nexus between social protection and humanitarian action, managing cash transfer programmes, multi-dimensional child poverty and vulnerability assessments and social protection strategy. Prior to this, she worked for UNICEF Yemen, leading on the WB funded humanitarian cash transfer programme and UNICEF Afghanistan as the Social Policy Specialist. In Afghanistan she specialised in targeting of 3 cash transfer programmes for children’s outcomes and setting up the operation process for transfers. She undertook HH surveys, vulnerability assessments and developed learning tools on humanitarian social protection. She also undertook mapping, simplifying and streamlining of Ministry of Social Affair’s existing national social protection system and developed learning modules for government actors on multi-dimensional child poverty, inequality, and vulnerability. She also led on developing the financial benchmarking study for child protection. She has worked for UNODC Nepal, Ministry of Finance, Government of Afghanistan, UNDP Afghanistan, Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan.