Sven Gunnar Simonsen
Independent Analyst and International Reporter

A short CV



Education

Dr. Philos. (University of Oslo, 2002)
 
Cand Polit. (political science; University of Oslo, 1993)

MA (international journalism; City University, London, 1987)


Languages spoken

Norwegian, English, Russian, German, Spanish, some talian,
some Serbian (BCS), basic French, very basic Arabic.



Work History


March-June 2015
Emergency Communication Specialist, UNICEF Ukraine (Kyiv)


September-November 2014
Long-term OSCE Election Observer, Ukraine 


May 2015
OSCE Election Observer, Ukraine


October 2013 - April 2014
Communication Officer, UNICEF Sudan (Khartoum)


June 2013
OSCE Election Observer, Mongolia


June-August 2012
Reporting Officer, UNICEF Yemen (consultant, Oslo)


Dec 2011- June 2012       
Reporting Officer, UNICEF Yemen (Sana'a) 
 

2009 à                 
Freelance – independent analyst and international reporter
              

1994-2008
Researcher (Senior Researcher) at PRIO
 

2008
                     
OSCE long-term observer at parliamentary elections, Georgia 2008 (April-May)
 

2007-2008 
             
Researched the projects ’Internationalized Statebuilding and Theories of Military Unit Cohesion’ (funded by the Norwegian MoD) and ’The Role of East Timor's Security Institutions in National Integration – and Disintegration’ (funded by the MFA)
 

2006             
         
On leave (language studies)
 

2002-2005 
             
'Military Intervention and Post-Conflict Nation-Building', post-doctoral project (funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Defense)
 

2003-2005; 2007 
    
Academic Coordinator, Australian National University (ANU), PRIO, and Bjørknes College joint postgraduate degree program in international relations, specialising in peace and conflict studies
 

1997-2001 
            
'Nationalism, National Identity and the Post-Soviet Russian Military', doctoral project financed by a grant from the Norwegian Research Council, with additional project grants from Norwegian Ministry of Defense, Norwegian Foreign Ministry, NATO, and Brown University
 

2000-2003
              
Book review editor of Journal of Peace Research
 

1999-2001              
Course Leader, six-week graduate course C-154 Peace Research, 'Armed Conflicts – Causes and Responses'. International Summer School (ISS), University of Oslo
 

1997-1998              
Fulbright Research Associate, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, University of California, Berkeley
 

1991-1994 
            
Nordisk Østforum. Editor-in-chief of quarterly Nordic journal on Russian and East European affairs.

à 1994
                 
Worked as a journalist for several newspapers, including Dagens Næringsliv, Verdens Gang, and Dagbladet
 


Other
 

2004 à
 2012                 
Member of Utlendingsnemnda (UNE) – the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board. UNE is an independent quasi-judicial Appeals Board that handles appeals of rejections by the Directorate of Immigration pursuant to the Immigration Act.
 

2008, 2009
             
Consultancies related to the establishment of new MA programs in Peacebuilding / Peace and Conflict Studies at the Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA., and Tischner European University in Krakow, Poland 


2005 à  
              
Member of Norcap, an emergency stand-by force whose members are assigned to the United Nations and other international organizations in emergency operations
 

1997 à
                 
Member of Nordem, a specialty roster with assignments within the areas of human rights monitoring, election supervision/ observation and investigation of serious human rights violations

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