Will Carter is Humanitarian Access Coordinator for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Afghanistan. He is also Senior Researcher with Humanitarian Outcomes on a three-year research project (Secure Access in Volatile Environments). He has over five years experience in conflict-affected environments, is pursuing a doctorate in peace and conflict, and practices documentary photography www.willcarterphoto.com (has published both peer-reviewed articles and photo essays). He is also an Emergency Medical Technician, with front-line ambulance experience in Guatemala.
After reading Arabic & Philosophy at university and later qualifying as an Arabic interpreter, he worked in Yemen with a L-NGO on an EC-funded stabilisation project, also supporting their other functions in tribal conflict mediation. Following this, he deployed with the British Army to Helmand, Afghanistan for an operational tour, completed a professional masters course in Defence, Development and Diplomacy, and subsequently worked as the Security & Logistics Adviser for War Child UK, which (at the time) had country programmes in: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Uganda and Syria/Lebanon. Since, he has worked as ‘Regional Adviser – South’ for the International NGO Safety Office – Afghanistan, providing analysis-based advice and operational support for non-governmental humanitarian organisations, primarily based in Kandahar covering southern and southeastern Afghanistan. He later became a Project Manager with the ethical research firm, Integrity, working from their MENA office in Beirut managing a portfolio of projects in the Middle East region for both NGO and donor clients; he remains an Associate with them. After this, he worked as a Safety & Security Adviser with the international, humanitarian organisation Mercy Corps on their sub-regional response to the Syria crisis, working from Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. He was recently Team Lead for a DFID-funded humanitarian access project with WFP Afghanistan.