General Experience

Sweden, 2011 May – present
Lecturer, consultant, advisor (mainly on issues related to Afghanistan)

Afghanistan, 2007 Feb – 2011 May
Country Director, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)
Overall responsibility for the planning, organisation and implementation of SCA programmes in Afghanistan.
SCA is one of the largest international NGOs in Afghanistan, working in the sectors of health, education, disability and rural development. In December 2010, the organisation employed 6,300 staff (mainly teachers and health care personnel) of whom 14 were non-Afghans. The budget for 2011 was approximately US$ 35 million. Main donors were Sida (Sweden), EU, World Bank, Forum Syd, different UN agencies as well as private fund-raising.

Palestine, 2003 Nov – 2007 Feb
Director of Field Operations, West Bank, United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA)
Overall responsibility for the planning, organisation and implementation of UNRWA assistance programmes for Palestine refugees in the West Bank. At the time, UNRWA West Bank Field Office employed some 4,000 staff for regular programmes and an additional 1,100 staff for the emergency programme which had been operating since 2001. Programmes consisted of education (95 schools with 60,000 students up to 10th grade, one vocational and two teachers’ training centres), health (35 clinics and one hospital), relief and social services directed towards more vulnerable groups among the refugees, and a micro credit programme. Budget for 2006, emergency programme included, was appr. US$ 100 million. Among the main donors were USA, Sweden, UK, Norway, Netherlands and Japan.

Afghanistan, 2003 Mar – 2003 Oct
Country Director, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)
Overall responsibility for the planning, organisation and implementation of SCA programmes in Afghanistan. (see SCA above)

Afghanistan, 2001 Sep – 2003 Mar
Director Field Coordination Pillar One, United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA)
Responsible for the management of the Field Coordination Division (FCD) consisting of 30 Political and Civil Affairs Officers and appr. 50 national staff organised in one central unit (Kabul) and 8 regional offices. It meant dealing with a wide range of political and civil affairs issues, like maintaining contact with different Afghan institutions and groups, monitoring, analysing and suggesting courses of action in the political and human rights fields, performing conflict control and reconciliation measures, liaison with other UN agencies mainly in providing information and analysis on political, civil affairs and security issues, etc.

Afghanistan, 1997 Jan – 2001 Aug
Country Director, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)
Overall responsibility for the planning, organisation and implementation of SCA programmes in Afghanistan. (see SCA above)

Somalia, 1996 Jan – 1997 Jan
Programme Manager, the Somalia Rural Rehabilitation Programme, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Overall responsibility for the planning, organisation and implementation of rehabilitation projects (minor infrastructure, water, income generation, credit, etc.) in rural Somalia.

Central Asia, 1995 Apr – 1995 Dec
Disaster Preparedness Delegate, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Responsible for the start-up of a programme aimed at strengthening the disaster preparedness capacity of the National Red Crescent Societies in Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan , Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Sweden, 1994 May – 1995 Mar
Journalist and various consultancies

Ethiopia, 1991 Mar – 1994 Apr
Resident Representative, Rädda Barnen (Swedish Save the Children)
Overall responsibility for the planning, organisation and implementation of assistance programmes in Ethiopia. Total turnover 1993-94 approximately US$ 6 million. Programme approach mainly on integrated development projects implemented by government institutions or indigenous NGOs focusing on children and mothers.

Sweden, 1990 Oct – 1991 Feb
Journalist and various consultancies

Afghanistan/Pakistan, 1983 Mar – 1990 Sep
Country Director, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)
Overall responsibility for the build-up, planning, organisation and implementation of all SCA cross-border humanitarian assistance programmes in Afghanistan and among Afghan refugees in Pakistan (see SCA above).

Various countries, 1979 – 1983
Journalist
Covered social, political and humanitarian issues in USA, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand and Sweden. Features and reports published in different Swedish national and local as well as Scandinavian newspapers and magazines. Made several major series of programmes mainly for the Swedish Radio Current Affairs Programme (Samhällsredaktionen).