About Norman D. Sheehan

Director, Safety & Security, Chemonics International

Norman D Sheehan is an international risk management and mitigation specialist and advisor and crisis responder to NGOs, and International Organizations. His expertise spans more than twenty-eight years of developing and implementing operational security programs, policies, crisis response, critical situation negotiations and implementing and advising humanitarian assistance initiatives.

His experience has required him to engage with traditional power centers to include the United Nations, NATO, European Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), international and national non governmental organizations (NGO) and national governmental military structures. He has also negotiated and coordinated with evolving non-traditional powers such as armed local groups and militias. His experience includes negotiations with diverse elements and warlords in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Somalia and Iraq and local militias throughout central and east Africa such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, the Darfur region, borders areas of Chad, Central African Republic and Uganda.

In his past, he served as an emergency responder, trainer, response preparation and planning with Fire/Rescue and Civil Defense in Ireland. In 1985 he joined the humanitarian and development organization GOAL. With GOAL, he led emergency response deployments for prolonged periods in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sudan, Bosnia, Rwanda, Burundi, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, East Timor, Kosovo and Albania working in coordination with the humanitarian community, the United Nations and various civilian and military governmental representatives.

In 2003 after spending over 18 years in the field, he was recruited as the Chief Executive Officer of WarChild. Dedicated to assisting children affected by war whose mission is to support and strengthen the protective environment for children who, as a result of conflict live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion.

From 2006 he has worked as a private consultant to a number of International NGOs and since 2008 he was recruited by the Academy for Educational Development who was acquisitioned by fhi360 in June 2011 as the Global Security Director with overall responsibly for the safety and security of all international programs, staff and assets. Since April 2012 he holds a similar role with Chemonics International.

He currently serves as the Co Chair for the Security Advisory Group of InterAction which is is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people. Collectively, InterAction’s more than 180 members work in every developing country. Members are large and small, faith-based and secular.

He also serves as the Chairman on the Board of Directors of Self Help USA, a rural development agency that seeks to improve the lives of some of the poorest communities in Africa. Delivering cost effective and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing rural African people.