YEP period 2021 - 2023, batch 24Young Expert at Acacia Water - Ethiopia
As a YEP-er, I work on a project which is part of HEINEKEN's Water Sustainability initiative. It is a Dabena and Hakim Gara Integrated Water Balancing and Livelihood Improvement Project. The goal of this project is to help the Dabena River in Bedele and the Haki Gara watershed in Harar have a more reliable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly base flow. As a hydrologist on this project, I provide technical assistance in the fields of hydrology and water resource assessment.
- project management
- construction management
- financial accounting
- Organizing/facilitating pieces of training and different events
- Nationality: Ethiopian
- Education: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering
Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance
Experience before YEP
I started working for Acacia Water on February 1st, 2021, and starting from then I have been involved in different projects in Ethiopia besides the project I am working on as a YEPper. Before I joined Acacia water, I was an intern at Vitens Evides International (VEI) for WASH and IWRM document research and training. The project was focused on water supply, sanitation, and leadership development.
I also worked as a business advisor and trainer for a business consultancy company for 3 months after taking training on business plan preparation from the company. I do volunteer work for more than 9 years in different associations, which gives me a chance to expose myself to administrative activities, and learn how to organize pieces of training, seminars, workshops, conferences, and other social awareness-building events, and fund-raising activities.
I was also an intern at ANTM Business Plc, where I worked in quality control, filed management, and site soil investigation.