As a Project Officer, I run a project that aims to reduce disaster risks and strengthen the natural resource base on which livelihoods of the local community depends. Located in Jigijiga in the Somali Regional State in Eastern Ethiopia, I help build capacity at the regional, district and community level particularly in the restoration of the physical landscape such as soil and water conservation measures; development of regional guidelines to mobilize the communities on water resource management and sanitation and hygiene; and establishment of tree nurseries and plantations. I also work closely with the regional government on all project activities.
I joined Wetlands International team in 2015 as an Assistant Project Coordinator to help strengthen community resilience in the same region. Before then, I had worked for a government office for some six years on soil and water conservation, irrigation, restoring rangelands and enabling pastoralist communities to adapt to climate change.
My educational background is MSc in soil and water conservation engineering from Haramaya University and a first degree in natural resource management from Mekele University in Ethiopia.
Away from work, I love spending time with my wife and playing with my two children.