Mihai Magheru


Mihai started his work in child protection and human development in 1999 and for several years he built field experience in community-based NGOs delivering tailored services to most vulnerable girls and boys, with a focus on children separated from their families. The following years Mihai had the opportunity to work in international development, firstly in EU cooperation contexts, followed by about a decade within the UN system, most of it as Programme Specialist at UNICEF, and then Social Development Specialist at the World Bank. Passionate qualitative researcher and benefiting from extensive project management experience, Mihai’s work is centred on child sensitive social protection, childcare reform and system strengthening, gender mainstreaming, and data management and learning through monitoring and evaluation. Since 2015 Mihai moved to Spain where he works as consultant for UNICEF, the World Bank, UN-Habitat, IOM, UN-OCHA, Oxfam and Expertise France, covering development projects in Europe and Central Asia, West and North Africa, and Latin America. With a French Government scholarship, he graduated valedictorian his Master degree in Sociology of Education and Social Issues at Université de Bordeaux.

Experience and Expertise


Thematic Expertise


Project Experience




Country Experience

  • Albania
  • Bangladesh
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Tajikistan
  • Ukraine
  • Vanuatu



Magheru M. for CTWWC (2021), Situation analysis of child care in the Republic of Moldova – an analysis focused on vulnerable groups of children and the prevention of child separation from families, Maestral International and Catholic Relief services October 2021


Nordenmark-Severinsson A., Nikolov M, Magheru M. (2021), Scaling up a package of Cash and Care for Children to reduce poverty and social exclusion, UNICEF, December 2021


Magheru M. (2020), Stocktaking of IOM engagement with non-UN International Organisations, including Multilateral Development Banks and policy advice for further development paths (internal doc.), IOM, January 2021.


Magheru M. (2020), Country mapping large scale cash transfers in COVID-19 context in Cameroon, Country mapping large scale cash transfers in COVID-19 context in Haiti, and Country mapping large scale cash transfers in COVID-19 context in Somalia, UN-OCHA, September/October 2020.


Magheru M. (2020), Strategic advice to Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF), ECD Directorate, to safely re-open ECD services in the Colombian COVID-19 context, ICBF & Expertise France July 2020,


Magheru M (2020), article Education for vulnerable children in post COVID-19 digital era – Paths for digital transformation to support the Romanian students lacking the necessary digital resources or capacities to access the online education, part of Post pandemic Romania and the digital antidote initiative of CAESAR Foundation July 2020.


Magheru M., (2020), Learning manual for Urban Resilience (internal doc)– an Oxfam Global Approach, Dec. 2020, that led to the online publication Strengthening urban resilience- five emerging lessons, Oxfam Intermón 2021.


de la Peña M, Magheru M. (2019), Guidelines for gender mainstreaming in  early childhood care in the Republic of Colombia, (Spanish) Expertise France 2020


Magheru M. (2018) Social Resilience Guide (methodological tool) Human Rights Enhancer vetted by Institute of Human Rights, Pedro Arrupe, Bilbao, and  Gender Equality Enhancer booklet for gender sensitive analytical tools in pilot cities and ensure overall gender mainstreaming in UN-Habitat resilience-based programming UN-Habitat, 2018


Magheru M. (2017), Documentation of good practices through mentoring for professional development at the workplace for preschool level in the Republic of Moldova, (Romanian) UNICEF ECARO, 2017


Guan X., Magheru M. (2017), Research study on most relevant EU countries experiences for social assistance structures of the P.R. China, (EU-China Social Protection reform Project) Expertise France, 2017


Magheru M. (2013-2015 – contributions),  Stakeholder analysis in the area of Roma social inclusion in Romania, internal tool for the Bank to engage on the Roma inclusion agenda; Co-write (Anan K. et al.) joint World Bank and European Commission, Handbook for Improving the Living Conditions of Roma 2015;  Draft National Strategy and Action Plan on Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction 2014-2020, 2015; Co-write (Stanculescu M. et al.) Integration strategies for urban marginalized communities; Atlas of Urban Marginalization; Pilot projects in six areas, 2014; Co-write (Anan K. et al.) Diagnostics and policy advice for supporting Roma inclusion in Romania, 2014; Draft recommendations for development of Integration strategies for urban marginalized communities, 2013. World Bank


Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2012), Iovu M-B., Rata G. et al, Applied social sciences 2012, write up an article based on UNICEF experience – Equity based evaluations – means of inclusion of worst off groups in development programmes,


Magheru M. (2010), Decentralization of social protection system in Romania, UNICEF 2010


UNICEF (2007), Gallup (ensured coordination of the study) National analysis of the situation of children left home by migrant parents,


Magheru M., (2004), La place des familles à l’école – le collège expérimental Clisthène, Université Victor Segalen, Bordeaux, France. Master thesis supported the French National Education System in taking decision for continuing the experimental project