Jan Thomas Odegard

Jan Thomas Odegard

Partner

Key qualifications

Jan Thomas Odegard is a social scientist with 27 years of experience in the development sector with the environment/climate, human rights, private sector/ CSR and civil society. Odegard is Partner of NCG since 2012, conducting appraisals and evaluations, and providing strategic and managerial advice to NGOs. Main assignments (of 20) from 2013-16 were two organisational reviews of international humanitarian organisations, setting up a new foundation, establishing two development programs, and conducting two evaluations/end-reviews of private sector programs.

Before 2012 Odegard was Director for five years of Friends of the Earth Norway, a large Norwegian environmental NGO with 40 staff, NOK 50 mill. budget and partners in 20 developing countries. Until 2007 he worked five years in Rainforest Foundation on programs, policy development, human rights, international climate issues and CSR. From 1999-2001 he was Officer in Charge for the UN in Mozambique, coordinating a national private-sector program. Odegard has four years of academic research experience on international development, environment and private sector. He also has experience as Chairman/board member, program manager, case officer and journalist.

CV

 

Education

  • Development Geographer from University of Oslo (M-Phil. from 1997)
  • Federal University of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro (one semester fieldwork 1996)
  • BA Social Sciences and Arts from University of Oslo (1994)
  • Numerous courses in development related thematic and technical topics and languages

 

 

Experience

 

Thematic experienceTechnical Experience
• Civil sector develepment •Project and programme formulation, including Theory of change and LFA
• Governance and the environment (particularly forest/REDD and fisheries) • Organisational management and change processes
• Private sector development/ CSR • Evaluation/appraisal/review techniques
• Human rights, particularly indigenous people’s rights • Project management and monitoring

 

 

Country experience

Angola, Brazil, Cameroun, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Honduras, Kenya, Libanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Panama, Uganda, Vietnam

 

 

Language Reading Speaking Writing
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Norwegian Native Native Native
French Intermediate Intermediate Basic
Spanish Fluent Fluent Intermediate
Portoguese Fluent Fluent Intermediate