Expertise: Children and Youth, Development, Humanitarian Issues, Research/Evaluation
Sarah Smith leads the IRC’s programs in child protection, education and livelihoods in over 20 countries. Ms. Smith has worked in the fields of education and child protection for 15 years and has been based at IRC headquarters in New York since 2004. She has managed programs in Bangladesh, Guinea, Namibia and Nepal, and served as a technical advisor in countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Northern Caucasus, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda.
Ms. Smith previously worked for Concern Worldwide and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and was a Peace Corps volunteer. She began her career as a preschool and elementary school teacher.
Ms. Smith holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and is currently pursuing her doctorate at Columbia University.