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Eve Mackinnon

Eve Mackinnon joined Itad in 2019 as a consultant with our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team. She is a skilled WASH professional with over 10 years of experience working in international development, emergency and humanitarian settings.

From 2009 to 2013, Eve completed a number of assignments for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), working as a WASH coordinator in locations across Africa and Asia, including South Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad. In 2013 she coordinated the MSF-H urban water and sanitation response to Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, which involved an emergency rapid needs assessment in the affected population and the implementation of emergency water supply and treatment.

While working as an independent consultant, Eve completed a range of projects commissioned by donors such as Action Against Hunger, DFID, USAID, ECHO, OCHA and Oxfam, most recently acting as Project Coordinator of Afriwatsan, a four-year DFID/Royal Society Research consortium research and capacity building project investigating conjunctive use of groundwater as a faecal depository and drinking water source.

Eve has a Master’s Degree in Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management from Cranfield University, and a recently completed her PhD exploring exposure risk management for container-based Sanitation systems at UCL in London.

Eve won the Jeroen Einsink memorial prize in 2018 for her work as part of a team exploring exposure risk and safe management of container-based sanitation systems in Kenya (read the paper here for free until July 2020) and was the recipient of the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) Water Research Award in 2017 that recognises outstanding innovation and research in WASH with significant impact on tropical diseases and diseases of poverty (more information here).

Eve has also blogged on her work for a number of platforms:

Nationality: British
Languages: English (fluent), French (good)
Country Experience:

Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Myanmar, Philippines, South Sudan, Zimbabwe


2016 - present
PhD, Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR)
University College London
2007 - 2008
MSc, Water Resource Management (Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management)
Cranfield University
2001 - 2005
MA (Hons.), Geography
Edinburgh University


2019 - present
Itad Ltd.

2016 - 2019
Post Graduate Teaching Assistant
University College London

2015 - 2019
Independent WASH Consultant

2014 - 2015
WASH Coordinator
Oxfam GB

Water and Sanitation Coordinator (Philippines)
Médecins Sans Frontières

2012 - 2013
Water and Sanitation Coordinator (South Sudan)
Médecins Sans Frontières

2010 - 2011
WASH Officer (Central African Republic and Chad)
Médecins Sans Frontières

2009 - 2010
WASH Officer (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Médecins Sans Frontières

Project Experience:

2017 - 2019
(DFID/Royal Society of Research ) - Project Coordinator
AfriWatSan is a four-year DFID/Royal Society Research consortium research and capacity building project investigating conjunctive use of groundwater as a faecal depository and drinking water source.

Responsibilities included procurement management and planning, finance and budget management including support to consortium members, annual narrative and financial reporting, including consortium management plans and capacity building strategy.

2017 - 2019
WASH-related health in urban sub-Saharan Africa: a review of research focus and interventions in the 21st century
(AfriWatSan ) - Researcher
To lead and complete a literature review to support the aims and objectives of the AfriWatSan research project and deliver initial findings at an annual workshop. The assignment evaluated water and sanitation interventions from a health perspective to understand gaps in health outcomes as a focus of the evaluation. Designed, conducted and performed initial literature review. Led the research team in developing and submitting an academic paper for publishing.
2016 - 2017
A Review of Risks on use of Black Soldier Flies for Processed Animal Protein (PAP)
(Sanergy ) - Researcher
Three-month desk review of key safety concerns related to the use of black soldiers flies (BSF) as a processed animal feed product. Led review and interviewed key professionals in relation to this area. Defined key safety and quality parameters for use of BSF as a feedstuff.
2015 - 2016
Technical support and advisory capacity to WASH programs under USAID, OCHA and CHF pool funding
(Action Against Hunger ) - WASH Coordinator
Responsible for supporting country WASH strategy in South Sudan and support to field operations implementing humanitarian and non-conflict longer term WASH projects. Technical advice on the design of programmes; borehole rehabilitation and new borehole development, excreta management, including CLTS approaches and emergency responses. Hygiene promotion and development of hygiene promotion strategy including menstrual hygiene management options.

Led mid-term review on two-year OFDA project, revising project budget and objectives in response to progress. Developed successful WASH proposals for CHF WASH funding for 2016 according to ACF country strategy. Supported the development of concept notes for DFID and ECHO multi-sectoral emergency WASH responses.

2014 - 2015
WASH project management
(DFID, UNICEF and OCHA) - WASH Coordinator
Coordinated the regional WASH activities for Oxfam, within Rakhine State of Myanmar, across three different types of WASH program, responding to needs of roughly 40,000 internally displaced persons. Responsible for activity management, technical support and guidance in the field, and coordination of the broader program management activities, such as budget management, reporting, monthly donor and end of program report, capacity building. Established Oxfam’s presence in the first phase of a response in a rural area, with remote supervision and successfully delivered outputs of the program, in accordance with budget and expected outputs in the timeframe. Monitoring and evaluation, including KAP survey and analysis, formative assessments and qualitative data gathering and analysis leading to better program implementation.
Urban WASH Response - Typhoon Yolanda
(MSF-UK| ) - WASH Coordinator
Emergency rapid needs assessment in affected population, 3 days after the typhoon. Set up and implemented emergency water supply and treatment, including trucking and temporary pumping solutions, and were among the first INGO’s to deliver help to the population. Coordination and advocacy with WASH Cluster and other WASH actors. A particular highlight was the successful coordination with national water departments and health departments, supporting the government departments with energy supply (generators) for disabled pumping stations, and a sector control strategy in coordination with DoH to combat the risk of Dengue outbreak in urban environments. We also made urban assessments and distribution of NFI and hygiene kits to affected urban population. Support to medical team with health centre waste management.
WASH Emergency Programme Support
(Action Against Hunger ) - Emergency WASH Officer
Cholera response to 2008 cholera epidemic - set up and initial deployment period of 3 months. Mobilised resources and executed the delivery of emergency supply of potable water to affected communities and cholera treatment camps. In partnership with MSF supported emergency sanitation infrastructure in cholera treatment camps. In partnership with community health workers delivered mass campaigns and hygiene promotion. My role was to coordinate the full AAH response in the South of the country, manage national WASH team and coordinate with local partners to deliver objectives – including water, sanitation and hygiene. I participated in WASH cluster taskforce meetings when required.


  • 21st century research in urban WASH and health in sub-Saharan Africa: methods and outcomes in transition, International Journal of Environmental Health Research (2018)
    DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2018.1550193
    Eve Mackinnon, Richard Ayah, Richard Taylor, Michael Owor, John Ssempebwa, l Daniel Olago, Robinah Kubalako, Anta Tal Dia, Cheikh Gaye, Luiza C. Campos & Edward Fottrell

  • Exploring exposure risk and safe management of Container-based sanitation systems: a case study from Kenya (2018)
    Waterlines, 37:4, 280–306, DOI: 10.3362/1756-3488.00016
    Eve Mackinnon, Luiza Campos, Priti Parikh, Lena Ciric, Kate Bohnert