Stephen O'Malley was appointed Deputy Director of OCHA’s Coordination and Response Division in March 2013.
He has been the Chief of the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) secretariat from September 2008 until February 2013. CERF provides immediate funding to UN agencies immediately following new humanitarian emergencies. It also provides supplementary funding in existing emergencies where the gap between needs and funds is greatest. Mr. O'Malley has also overseen OCHA’s work in supporting country-based pooled funds.
He joined OCHA in July 2001 and spent the next seven years covering Southern Africa and the Great Lakes as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer, and then working as Section Chief, Africa 1, in the Coordination and Response Division.
Prior to joining OCHA, Mr. O’Malley worked for Médecins sans Frontières from 1993 to 2000 in a variety of leadership roles in Africa, Europe and North America. He started his career at Decima Research, which was Canada’s premier strategic public opinion research firm, from 1989 to 1993.
Mr. O’Malley holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Arts from the Queen's University in Canada as well as a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.