CURRICULUM VITAE OLIVIA FORSBERG

OWNER AT WIDEA

October 2018 -

Owner and technical consultant for disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and resilience. Strategic development and advice of projects,programs etc. Innovative facilitation for climate and disaster risk management.

DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT ADVISOR AT PLAN INTERNATIONAL SWEDEN

January 2015 - September 2018

Technical expert for CCDRR and a key-actor in the federation for coordination and advocacy about DRR, resilience and the urban agenda. Develops and provides quality assurance to the implementation of the projects. Facilitates trainings to children, country office staff and implementing partners. Compiled advocacy kit and supported development resilience portfolio for corporate and philanthropy. Co-written several technical tools for qualitative programming and supported south-south technical exchanges. Advisory on humanitarian operations and the development nexus and push for resilience to be mainstreamed in all projects (hum & dev). Frequent travel to the field.

PROGRAMME OFFICER FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND EARLY RECOVERY OPERATIONS AT SWEDISH CIVIL CONTINGENCIES AGENCY (MSB), SWEDEN

August 2010 - December 2014

 Developed and implemented large scale DRR projects, and secondments, with EU, UN and national disaster management agencies. Worked in consortium's, led teams, and actively supported strategy development of MSB’s operational abilities. Coordinated internal staff, recruited new DRR operational staff. Close liaison with donors and held frequent dialogue with Sida and the foreign ministry. Travelled frequently to the field, incl. conflict areas. 

COORDINATOR OF TRAININGS FOR FIELD STAFF AT SWEDISH CIVIL CONTINGENCIES AGENCY (MSB),SWEDEN

June 2010 - August 2010

Coordinated pre-deployment trainings for MSB operational staff in cooperation with UN and EU. Advised on structures, routines and made an assessment on MSB operational staff training needs.

CIVILIAN OBSERVER AT MONUC, DEMOCATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

April 2009 - December 2009

Civilian observer for MONUC in DRC
Advised and monitored, in cooperation with UNPOL, the planned deployment of Congolese national police force (PNC), under the MONUC stabilization plan for east DRC. Developed routines, structures and reinforced the mandate. Daily tasks of conducting interviews with local administration and local police, spearheaded meetings with other sections within MONUC, in order to reinforce preventive mechanisms to reduce human rights violations carried out by the PNC towards civilians. Compiled and assessed the information and sent reports.  Missions to the South Kivu axes were done on a regularly basis and all interviews were conducted in French and Swahili.

TREATMENT THERAPIST AT SSK HOPPET, SWEDEN

April 2008 - April 2009

Treatment therapist at a home for girls aged 13-17 with psychosocial problems and with history of sexual abuse and family complications. Work with Rational Emotive Recovery (RET) and Anger Replacement Training (ART) as main tools.

UN GENDER TASK FORCE COORDINATOR AT UN WOMEN, RWANDA

June 2007 - December 2007

Cooperated with Ministry of gender and family promotion as technical advisor to the development of the National Gender Cluster. Worked on developing the UN Rwanda Gender Task Force by establishing a secretariat, writing term of references and working on various related other documents such as drafted joint programme on GBV. Drafted the 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign activities and compiled concept note and budget, coordinated and held several presentations before the national steering committe consisted out of NGO’s, CBO’s, UN and government. Provided technical assistance to the campaign’s coordinating organisation, CNF. Conducted resource mobilization within UN Rwanda for the campaign and made UNCT presentation. Have continuously compiled reports and supported UNIFEM with various tasks assigned.

EDUCATION

MASTER IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION, UPPSALA UNIVERSITY & UNIVERSITÉ LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE

August 2006 - May 2007

Masters programme in humanitarian action (NOHA). Created and supported by European Commission for Humanitarian Assistance (ECHO).
Studies include:
- Latrine construction and sanitation
- Public health in humanitarian emergencies
- International humanitarian law
- Foreign politics in humanitarian assistance
- Aid and Development
- Project Proposal 
- Conflict negotiation

- Gender 

BACHELORS OF ARTS IN CULTURALANTHROPOLOGY, UPPSALA UNIVERSITY

August 2001 - June 2005

Studies include: 
- Development Studies
- Swahili
- Peace and Conflict
- Genocide and massive violence
- Ethnic conflict in the Balkans
- Cultures in Armed conflicts
- African Politics
- People, power and food
- The holocaust in the european histography

LUND UNIVERSITY/ ÖSTERLENS FOLKHÖGSKOLA

August 2005- June 2006

African politics, development and gender studies; in cooperation with Lund University.
SGBV research carried out in Rwanda during six weeks in 2006.

SELECTION OF RECENT APPOINTMENTS

CHAIRMAN, SWEDISH DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND RESILIENCE NETWORK

2016 & 2017

PLAN INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE, VOICE EU DRR GROUP

2017-2018

WORK SAFETY OFFICER, PLAN INTERNATIONAL SWEDEN

2015 - 2018

BOARD MEMBER, UN WOMEN SWEDEN

2008 - 2011