Kieran Dwyer joined OCHA as the Chief of the Communications Services Branch in January 2014.
Mr. Dwyer oversees OCHA’s public communications and advocacy work, including media relations, public advocacy and campaigns, the communications product suite and the Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN). He advises OCHA senior leadership and management on strategic communications. Prior to joining OCHA, Mr. Dwyer was Chief of Public Affairs for the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support from 2011 to 2014.
He has been chief of communications in a range of UN field missions, including peacekeeping and special political and human rights missions in Afghanistan, 2010 to 2011; Timor-Leste, 2009 to 2010; and Nepal, 2005 to 2008.
As a UN Human Rights Officer , Mr. Dwyer was a Senior Adviser to the Timorese Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation from 2001 to 2005.
He joined the UN in 1999 as a UN Volunteer on the East Timor Popular Consultation, and he served during the ensuing humanitarian crisis as a Civil Affairs Officer and later as a Political Affairs Officer.
Mr. Dwyer worked for the international NGOs Oxfam Australia in East Timor, and for the International Center for Transitional Justice in Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and Indonesia.
Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Dwyer worked in his home country, Australia, with marginalized young people, particularly indigenous, asylum seeker, and gay and lesbian youth. This included HIV/AIDS education and advocacy. He also worked on global advocacy on self-determination for the people of East Timor.
Previously, Mr. Dwyer worked as a lawyer in Australia and the United Kingdom.
He has undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts (Literature) and a Masters degree in Film and Theatre.