Our team is comprised of professionals with extensive experience. The team draws on its diverse skill set, years of top management consulting and senior line management experience.
Dimitar TsolovCapacity Development Advisor – Organizational Development and Learning
Sileshi AshineLead Capacity Development Specialist, Federal Level
Meseret MulugetaAdministration and Finance Manager, National Level
Abera AbebeLead Capacity Development Specialist, Oromia Region
Ashagrie GetnetLead Capacity Development Specialist, Amhara Region
Habtu LemmaLead Capacity Development Specialist, Tigray Region
Mahamed MadarLead Capacity Development Specialist, Somali Region
Yayo MohammedLead Capacity Development Specialist, Afar Region
Nancy DrostResults Reporting Expert
Pasi SoikkeliAsset Management Advisor
Elias WelechoLead Capacity Development Specialist, SNNP Region
Abdulhakim MohammedRegional Capacity Development Specialist
Dagnew MenanRegional Capacity Development Specialist
Hamedu GeasFood Security Core Process Owner
Tefera AshineRegional Capacity Development Specialist
Guluma SobokssaRegional Capacity Development Specialist
Yosef TsegayeRegional Capacity Development Specialist
Abrehet HadguNational Finance Officer
Yodit GebrechirstosMonitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Specialist
Mesay MesfinMonitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Specialist
Melchor PalmaresField Manager
Mr. Tsolov is an organizational development expert with successful track record implementing capacity development and change management initiatives in North America, Central and Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, and East Africa. Over the last 15 years, he has worked on numerous large-scale and national level institutional strengthening and public-sector reform and governance projects for donors including UNDP, USAID, EU and DFID. He is proficient in needs assessments, competency modelling, curriculum development, training delivery, leadership development, cultural change, organizational transformation, innovation and talent development metrics. He has extensive experience providing training in leadership coaching, group dynamics, organizational network analysis, cultural transformation, and group facilitation.
Sileshi Ashine has 25 years of experience in agriculture and rural development, food security, water resources and the environment. During this time, he managed planning and programming in the Ministry of Agriculture and for the EU-funded Food Security Program of Agri Service Ethiopia. He began working for Agriteam on SNSF as the Regional Facilitation Team Leader in SNNPR, where he has gained valuable experience and expertise in results-based management for program/project design, planning, monitoring and evaluation. He is also skilled in facilitation and capacity development, multi-stakeholder coordination and collaboration, conflict management and resolution as well as agribusiness and value chain development. His extensive experience working with and at federal, regional and woreda levels in Ethiopia have given him an in-depth understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities within the food security and rural development sectors. He also has extensive knowledge of the relevant government policies and strategies that guide these sectors. He is certified by the Ministry of Agriculture to provide consultancy services in agriculture and rural development.
Meseret Mulugeta has worked with Agriteam Canada since 2011. She is the primary contact person for all field staff on matters related to logistics, procurement, activity planning, travel and financial reporting. Meseret has gained valuable experience related particularly to the start-up of new projects in Ethiopia, having been instrumental in the inception of four Agriteam projects in Ethiopia.
Abera Abebe has about 30 years of experience in agriculture and rural development, integrated food security programs, community empowerment and capacity development projects. His educational background and work experience as a grassroots development manager, multi-stakeholder facilitator and organizational policy maker in government, NGOs and consultancy firms, has defined him as a proficient capacity development facilitator. He served for nine years within the GoE Ministry of Agriculture as Agricultural Extension Expert and Head of the Zonal Agriculture Development Departments in Oromia and Benishangul regions. He also spent 15 years with Agri Service Ethiopia, where he managed and directed integrated rural development that focused on agriculture, health, water supply, adult education and natural resource management. Since the inception of SNSF, he has worked as Regional Facilitation Team Leader and Lead Capacity Development Specialist for the Oromia region, where he is successfully leading and managing capacity development planning, implementation, monitoring and building partner relationship with stakeholders.
Ashagrie Getnet has more than 15 years of experience working on development projects with the Ministry of Agriculture, national NGOs and with international development agencies. Before joining Agriteam Canada in 2011, Ashagrie began his career as a Development Agent and progressed to become District Agricultural Office Head. Ashagrie also worked as Program Director for Participatory Learning and Community Development with Agri Service Ethiopia. As a Capacity Development Officer and Lead Capacity Development Specialist with Agriteam Canada, Ashagrie has led the design and delivery of strategic leadership training programs for PSNP leaders and managers at the regional, zonal and woreda leaders. His expertise in the conceptualization and design of training materials has put him in the center of many of the training activities conducted by SNSF and TASC.
Habtu Lemma has more than 25 years of working experience in different government offices with more than 10 years in the food security sector. He began working with Agriteam in 2011, as the SNSF Regional Facilitation Team Leader for the Tigray region. Prior to that, he worked as a Safeguard Specialist for the Agricultural Growth Program, employed by the UNDP. One of his primary roles was to provide training on implementation and monitoring safeguards for staff of implementing agencies at various levels. He worked for five years as Regional Food Security Project Coordinator (World Bank and CIDA) and was responsible for overall project planning, implementation and monitoring and capacity building. He also worked at Melkassa Research Center as a Technical Assistant (four years) and the Bureau of Finance and Economic Development as Population and Environment Expert, and later as Department Head (10 years), responsible for planning and streamlining population and environment activities in the region.
Mahamed Madar is the Lead Capacity Development Specialist in Somali region. Before assuming this role, he served as Agriteam’s Capacity Development Technical Assistant in this region, serving on SNSF. Previous to his work with Agriteam Canada, Mahamed held various positions within the regional government, including Acting Department Head for Planning, M&E, Information Management, External Resource Mobilization and NGO Coordination. His wide range of knowledge and experience working with and through the Somali regional government’s systems enables him to interact effectively with government colleagues. Mahamed was instrumental in the completion of the capacity development needs assessment for pastoral regions, which has wide relevance for PSNP implementation agencies.
Yayo Mohammed is a human resource specialist, with a Master’s degree in Leadership and Good Governance. He has worked for Agriteam Canada in Afar region, first as a Capacity Development Technical Assistant for SNSF and now as the Lead Capacity Development Specialist for TASC. Yayo’s in-depth knowledge of Afar and its woredas has enabled him to interact with and support PSNP efforts in Afar, even when the region was struggling with issues such as the recent drought. Yayo is instrumental in helping Bureau leaders understand and apply implementation principles of PSNP. He has delivered training at the regional and woreda levels, and has spent many hours in consultation with and coaching regional PSNP leaders to implement and apply PSNP mandated activities. Yayo was instrumental in the completion of the capacity development needs assessment for pastoral regions, which has wide relevance for PSNP implementation agencies.
Dr. Nancy Drost has the responsibility to develop an effective reporting strategy to ensure that stakeholders and project managers will have access to updated performance assessments to assist with management decision-making. Dr. Drost leads the efforts to design and implement a performance measurement system for TASC and to provide recommendations to strengthen capacity in priority measurement and evaluation areas. She works with the TASC team to identify, assess and align the consultancy activities to the cross-cutting themes of PSNP. Nancy also leads the effort to evaluate knowledge management systems currently being used in Ethiopia within the PSNP and provides inputs into the four-year implementation plan and AWPs to enable TASC to strengthen the KM capacities of relevant stakeholders. Dr. Drost began her work in Ethiopia and with PSNP in 2011, as the Performance Measurement Specialist for SNSF.
Pasi Soikkeli is an asset management expert with more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of transportation management, logistics and contract management. Most recently, Mr. Soikkeli was engaged by the Ministry of Finance in Timor L’este as their Fleet Management Advisor, advising the Ministry on vehicle fleet and asset management issues. This work involved budget planning for physical resource allocations and developing standard operating procedures for asset procurement, management and disposal. Mr. Soikkeli also has experience with the preparation of resource planning software for government applications. This type of experience is directly relevant to needs of the PSNP as they relate to the management and oversight of physical resources at all levels. Mr. Soikkeli’s career in physical resource management spans government, civilian and military applications in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Elias Welecho has more than 20 years’ experience working in government at various levels. His extensive knowledge of food security issues and PSNP implementation enable him to relate well with government and other implementation agencies as they deliver PSNP programming to chronically food insecure clients. He has also worked on multi-donor programs, so he understands program implementation from all perspectives. Elias Welecho brings strong relationships with regional and woreda government partners, including Food Security personnel, Women, Children and Youth Affairs, Education, Health, Water Resources and the Roads Authority for coordinated implementation of the regional Food Security Task Force. He is an experienced trainer, using adult-centered and experiential learning techniques as he facilitates learning among PSNP implementers.
Abdulhakim Mohammed has over 13 years of experience in pastoral livelihood development, food security and livestock resource programs in Somali Regional State of Ethiopia. He has also managed various USAID and EU-ECHO funded development and humanitarian programs for INGOs [Save the Children, Action against Hunger (then ACF) and ADRA] at community, woreda, regional and country office levels. During this time, he gained experience in capacity development, participatory program planning and operations, result-based monitoring and evaluation, risk management, commodity management, and in the application of humanitarian guidelines.
Abdulhakim has also served as a Head of Unit in the Somali Bureau of Livestock Resources and Pastoralist Development, where he was chairperson of the Regional Agricultural Task Force, focal point for USAID funded PLI-I program, and focal person for the federal livestock export quarantine in Somali Region. He has proven experience working in changing contexts and with multi-cultural teams.
Dagnew Menan is a development expert and CD specialist with 33 years in Agriculture and Rural Development, Food Security and Natural Resource Management. During these years, he participated in designing and implementation of the Ethiopian Extension Service (Technical/Vocational and Participatory Extension Models); PSNP4 design, and he served in the MOA at professional and Department Head levels. Prior to TASC, he was employed by ILRI working for IFPRI as the Livelihood Technical Adviser and CD expert for HABP/PSNP3 and PSNP4, seconded to MoANR-FSCD for 2010-2016. Dagnew has also worked as Emergency and Livelihood Adviser for CARE Ethiopia; Division Head for Project Planning; Department Head of the Environmental Rehabilitation and Agricultural Development Department, and Head of Irrigation and Agriculture for the Raya Valley Project in REST. He began working for Agriteam on TASC, as a CD Specialist for Tigray. Dagnew is skilled in coaching and mentoring, facilitation and capacity development processes. As well, additional skills include multi-stakeholder coordination and partnership/collaboration, conflict management, designing monitoring tools and operational research, as well as project design and support for PSNP4 Livelihood pathways, such as on/off-farm and rural employment linkage related to agribusiness/value chains.
Hamedu Geas has 11 years of relevant experience working for PSNP and food security sector in Afar region. During this time, he has demonstrated expertise in leading PSNP technical committees, facilitating participatory planning, budgeting and coordinating the technical implementation and management of field activities. Hamedu was engaged as Early Warning and Food Security Core Process Owner in Teru Woreda. In this role he oversaw and administered overall program implementation participated in various CD activities. Hamedu was trained and certified by WFP and NDRMC to facilitate capacity development activities and training. During his time working at regional and woreda level in Afar region, he has acquired skills and knowledge regarding how CD interventions impact the smooth implementation of PSNP. As a highly motivated person, he views operational problems as capacity challenges and opportunities waiting to be addressed.
Tefera Ashine has 15 years of experience in agriculture, food security and natural resources development. He is also experienced in conducting research in the area of climate change from his time with the Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute. He has been involved in planning, monitoring, evaluation and communication as Head of the Agriculture Department and Coordinator of Work Processes at the zonal level in SNNPR. He has managed trainings, and scientific and research proposal writing activities during his positions on agricultural expert and assistant researcher. His work as Department Head, Work Process Coordinator and Expert with regional, zonal and woreda staff has given Tefera an understanding of the issues and potentials of agriculture, food security and rural development in the south region of Ethiopia. He is very familiar with the policies and strategies of agriculture and rural development sectors of the country. He began working for Agriteam on TASC as Regional Capacity Development Specialist with role of providing technical assistance to strengthen capacity development for PSNP4 in SNNPR.
Guluma Sobokssa has 28 years of experience in mechanized agriculture management, water development, disaster risk management, food security, environmental protection, and capacity development. During this time he worked for different organizations, such as the Oromia Water, Mine and Energy Bureau, Oromia FSDPPC, the Federal DPPC, the Federal MoANR, and for the Agriteam Canada consultancy firm. Currently, Guluma is working through TASC on the planning and implementation of capacity development intervention to support food security programs through PSNP4. He is a skilled facilitation practitioner for capacity development events, such as trainings and workshops. He has both managerial and technical expert level experience working at Federal, regional and zonal levels, and the provision of practical, applied support to woreda leaders and experts.
Yosef Tsegaye has more than 25 years of work experience in the Agriculture sector including about 15 years of experience in food security programming for the GOE. Yosef has worked in various positions including as Zonal Integrated FSP Coordinator, Regional FSP Planning and Programming Officer, and FS Projects Team Leader. During this time, Yosef provided CD supports on various components of PSNP, HABP and other related programming. He has extensive experience designing and delivering trainings and workshops for technical personnel, and leaders and managers implementing the program at all levels of the region. Yosef designed and conducted a household-based impact assessment study on investments of chronically food insecure people that were supported by the food security program in Amhara region, leading a multi-disciplinary team of experts to undertake a rapid assessment study in 9 rural woredas of West Gojam zone. This led to the design of response strategies and a social mobilization strategy manual for use at the lower levels of the region.
Yosef has been working for Agriteam Canada in the Amhara regional office since August 2011. In addition to his leadership, management and capacity development skills, Yosef has in depth knowledge related to Result Based Management, Knowledge Management, Physical Resource Management, Gender and Social Development, and Job-Embedded Support Strategies.
Hailu Teka is a professional with extensive experience in humanitarian response, early recovery and sustainable development programs specifically focusing on food security and livelihoods both in agricultural and pastoralist regions in Eastern Africa, Yemen and Nigeria. He has many years of experience in managing cash transfer interventions and coordinating cash working groups at national level in challenging and conflict affected communities. He has been working on capacity building as a separate component and as a cross-cutting activity. Hailu worked with various humanitarian and development organizations as a result of which, he accumulated a wealth of expertise in program/project design and management.
Yodit Gebrechirstos has joined the TASC team as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Specialist. Sheworks closely with Ministry and Bureau of Agriculture personnel at the federal level and in designated regions and woredas to conduct monitoring and reporting, based on both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. The MER Specialist supports TASC activities especially related to review and revision of PSNP reporting templates for woreda and kebele implementers, and PSNP report quality assessment. Yodit has more than 15 years of experience as a development practitioner working in different government, non-government, UN and contractor agencies. Seconded by CIDA, she provided M&E Specialist TA services to the MoA/NRMD-PWCU. Yodit has previously worked with Agriteam Canada supporting the Safety Net Support Facility’s M&E and Knowledge Management work, spearheading especially the development of a knowledge management strategy and the establishment of a document management system for the PSNP as well as conducting the associated capacity development work.
Mesay Mesfin has 10 years’ experience in rural development and food security, especially PSNP/HABP in Ethiopia. He began working for Agriteam on SNSF as woreda capacity building technical assistant in SNNP region Boloso sore woreda in November 2014. He is also skilled in facilitation and capacity development, multi sector coordination, conflict management and resolution. Because he has an extensive working experience with Region, zones and woreda experts and officials, he has an in-depth understanding, challenges and opportunities of food security and PSNP. Mesay is currently working in Agriteam TASC project as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Specialist.
Melchor Palmares has more than 10 years of development/rehabilitation program management and more than 5 years humanitarian response program management in various countries and context. He has managed multi-sectoral and multi-donor funded programs in countries such as Philippines, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Somalia, Thailand, Nigeria and Syria. His capacity development work experiences comes as part of an integrated approach in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization, internal and external coordination with various stakeholders at local, region and national levels of multi-sectoral development and emergency programs.