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Robert J. McCouch

Lecturer; Chief Evaluation Officer/Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO)

Prior to serving as Chief Evaluation Officer/Coordinator for the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Robert McCouch was Chief of Section in the Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) of the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the independent oversight body of the 30-plus entities comprising the UN Secretariat. He previously led UNICEF’s large portfolio of evaluations focused on that agency’s humanitarian work.

Before joining the UN, Dr. McCouch served as Director of Research and Evaluation for a series of experimental, innovative psychosocial and academic interventions focusing on vulnerable youth and families implemented by Harvard Medical School and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His earlier career was in the field of opinion research and international economic development communications, where he harnessed research to help clients know and understand their customers, audiences, and constituencies; identify and tap into opportunities; and spot and solve problems. The unifying thread of his career has been a passionate desire to bring the knowledge and insights borne of robust research to bear on decisions that improve people’s lives, advance social justice, and contribute to a more sustainable planet.

Dr. McCouch's research on trauma and its public policy ramifications in post-conflict settings has been published by Oxford University Press. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Episcopal Relief & Development, a relief and development organization affiliated with the Episcopal Church; he previously served on the Advisory Board of the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) and on the Grants Committee of the Humanitarian Innovations Fund. In addition to English, he speaks Danish, French, German, Italian, and some Russian.


  • Ph.D., Brandeis University
  • Cand. scient. pol., University of Copenhagen
  • M.A., Middlebury College
  • B.A., George Washington University