Stephanie Walter

Regional Coordinator for Northern Iraq

the Regional Coordinator for Northern Iraq is based at MH Regional Office in Erbil. Stephanie is responsible for updating Mercy Hands (MH) partners on the progress of ongoing projects, ensuring efficient, instant and constant information exchange between MH mission in Iraq and international stakeholders in Erbil, representing MH in regular and ad hoc coordination meetings, UN Cluster meetings, and working groups, and coordinating with program directors regarding available funding opportunities and assisting them in proposal writing, developing indicators, and conducting research.

Educational background: Master in Peace and Conflict Studies (University Magdeburg, Germany) and Bachelor in Political and Social Studies (University Wuerzburg, Germany). Focus of these interdisciplinary courses:  detailed knowledge of theories and methods of conflict studies in social and cultural sciences, in-depth knowledge about the work and functions of international organizations and NGOs, stakeholder analyses and knowledge how to implement peaceful solutions in areas of violent conflicts. In addition, means and ends of human rights policies in national and international contexts, development of constructive strategies to overcome stalemates in social conflicts by analyzing their causes and discussing different options of solutions. Participation in design and conduction of a field study concerning the accessibility and access barriers to educational and health facilities for low-income slum dwellers in Indian mega cities.

Stephanie worked for more than three years in challenging and violent conflict settings. For instance, in rural areas in Pakistan (livelihood projects: income generation for women with affiliated primary health care center) and in the red-light districts of Kolkata, India for highly vulnerable sex workers and their children (legal  assistance, medical services and education). Based in Islamabad, she supported an INGO in emergency relief programs such as the procurement and distribution of winterization and hygiene kits for IDPs, Disaster Response Preparedness as well as stabilization centers for mal- and undernourished pregnant and lactating women and children under 5.