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Jon Kurtz serves as Mercy Corps’ Director for Research and Learning, where he leads the agency’s program research and impact evaluation efforts. Prior to his current role, Mr. Kurtz worked with other international NGOs and UN agencies to improve their abilities to generate and use high quality evidence of program effectiveness. Within the field of program evaluation, Mr. Kurtz’ areas of expertise are mixed methods impact evaluation and theory-driven evaluation.

Mr. Kurtz’ recent research has examined the effects of employment creation on the risk of political violence among youth in Afghanistan, Somalia, and Kenya, and analysed the links between conflict management and livelihood resilience among agro-pastoralists in the Horn of Africa. His work has spanned both emergency and longer-term development contexts, including extensive periods in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Mr. Kurtz holds an MSc in Management of Agricultural Knowledge Systems from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.


Institution / Affiliation : Mercy Corps