shimeles Desta



About Me

 Being a development professional with have academic background-veterinary medicine, I have more than 9 years of relevant experience and expertise in working for the development issues including of agriculture development, livelihood improvement, food security improvement, DRR, women empowerment, DRR, emergency response programs and resilience from grass root higher level =
 I have practical experience in project planning, implementing of project interventions, budgeting, report writing, documentation, supervision, monitoring & evaluation, linkage negotiation, coordination, facilitating meeting, seminar, workshops and campaign
 I have sound knowledge on develop concept note, project proposal, skills in resource mobilization and facilitate capacity building for implementing project staffs
 I worked actively with various development actors, consortium, stakeholders and donors
 I am a person with positive mind, constructive attitude, showing openness to change and have excellent ability to manage complexities and results oriented approach to work;

Skills and Expertise


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Posted 13 June 2018 at 07:37

Allianz Climate Risk Research Award


  • University students currently pursuing either a PhD degree or a post-doc, as well as, recent PhD graduates or recent post-doc graduates. (Graduation/defense of final research to obtain title should not be no more than two years before the time of the application)
  • Research applicable to focus and topic of Award
  • Completed application form (download here)
  • Supporting documents consist of:
    • Research summary (Further info in Application form)
    • A letter of recommendation from the candidate’s academic mentor (Further info in Application form)
    • Filled and signed declaration form (download here)
  • We welcome the four finalists to travel to Munich-Germany for the Award’s event. Allianz Re will cover all travel costs (please refer to FAQ)
  • Eagerness to be part of internal and external communication around the Award (e.g. interviews)

Further information

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Posted 7 May 2018 at 08:06

The African Union Research Grant II – 2018 Edition Open Call for Proposals

The objectives of the Call are to:

support collaborative Research and Innovation (R&I) activities that address critical issues facing African countries and contribute to the sustainable development of African countries and the fight against poverty, while respecting ethical and gender issues;

develop the capacity of the African Union Commission (AUC) to design, implement and monitor R&I funding programmes and establish the basis for a credible and reputable African framework programme for R&I that could attract additional funds from other sources (African Union (AU) Member States and other partners and donors)

Location: African Union member states

Grant range: $500,000 - $1m

  For more information, please visit African Union Commission- Call For Research Proposals



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Posted 30 March 2018 at 07:46

International Intern- Gender and Humanitarian

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The United Nations General Assembly created UN Women - the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in July 2010, as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates of parts of the UN system working on all aspects of gender equality and empowerment of women (GE/EW). The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender eq

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 14 February 2018 at 10:25

 Latest Jobs in  Grants Management, Finance and Accounting, Management, Health, Child Rights and Monitoring & Evaluation

Creative Associates International is requesting expressions of interest from motivated and talented operational, administrative and financial experts for the USAID/Ethiopia READ II project. Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization.

We are looking for operational experts in the following functional areas:



Grants Management

Monitoring and Evaluation


Finance and Accounting


ICT/Information Technology


Administration (assistants, cleaners, drivers)

To see the detail of the job description click here 

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Posted 2 February 2018 at 09:15

Agricultural Value Chain Specialist in United Nations Office for Project Services – Addis Ababa  

 UNOPS is seeking Agricultural Value Chain Specialist for this project. The Agricultural Value Chain Specialist will report to the Project Manager and is responsible for providing technical and agronomic support involving all the activity interventions in the crop value chain. The incumbent will work with producers, ago-pastoralists, cooperatives, processors, farm service centers and the private sector to increase the production, productivity and commercialization of fodder crop. The total estimated period of performance for this project is 36 months. The incumbent should be willing to work in a challenging and fragile environment, in particular the Somali Region of Ethiopia.  Find the post Here 

Alemayehu Michael Jaba I like to join discussion

11 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 27 December 2017 at 12:42

  Consultancy services to conduct a feasibility study for the operationalization of an African Humanitarian Agency  

 The African Union Commission is one of the Organs of the African Union and is the “Executive arm” of the Union, charged with the responsibility of the day to day management and administration of the work of the Union, in collaboration with the Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other Stakeholders. The Commission has set aside funds for Consultancy Services To Conduct A Feasibility Study For The Operationalization Of An African Humanitarian Agency 

Find the detail of the tender here  

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Posted 28 September 2017 at 04:45

Critical review of the emerging research evidence on agricultural biodiversity, diet diversity, and nutritional status in low- and middle-income countries

An article on the Ag2Nut list was just released online for the October 2017 issue of the journal Nutrition Reviews. It is a critical review of the research evidence on the linkages between agricultural biodiversity, diet diversity, and nutritional status in low- and middle-income countries. 

The article's abstract is below:

The declining diversity of agricultural production and food supplies worldwide may have important implications for global diets. The primary objective of this review is to assess the nature and magnitude of the associations of agricultural biodiversity with diet quality and anthropometric outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. A comprehensive review of 5 databases using a priori exclusion criteria and application of a systematic, qualitative analysis of the findings of identified studies revealed that agri

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 31 July 2017 at 06:08

Ethiopian Coffee Is Being Endangered by Climate Change

According to a recent study by Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, in London, the effects of climate change could cause Ethiopian Arabica coffee beans to go extinct before the end of the century. The study finds that the number of locations in Ethiopia naturally suited to growing Arabica is projected to drop anywhere from 68 percent to 99.7 percent—or extinction—by 2080.

Climate change is affecting the conditions Arabica needs to grow. Higher temperatures and lower rainfall in Ethiopia are leading to warmer nights, a shorter rainy season, and significant and increasingly frequent droughts, all of which Ethiopian coffee farmers are noticing hurts coffee production.

The other main coffee species, Robusta, is easier to cultivate, more disease-resistant, and cheaper than Arabica, but it typically has a sharper and more bitter taste and is far less common. Arabica is indigenous to Ethiopia and comprises nearly all the county’s coffee production

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Gizaw Legesse Dear shimeles Desta, Thank you for sharing, please keep it up!!

1 year 5 months ago

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Posted 30 May 2017 at 12:14

AU Call for Proposals: Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa

The African Union is inviting applicants for its “Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (GMES & Africa)” programme which is managed on daily basis by a programme management unit (PMU) located within the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.
GMES & Africa initiative is the crystallization of the longstanding cooperation between Africa and the European Union in the area of space science & technology and a key priority under the EU-Africa partnership.
Grant Areas
  • Water & Natural Resources service
  • Marine and Coastal Areas service
Grant Information
  • For Water and Natural Resources:
    • Minimum amount: €1,000,000
    • Maximum amount: €2,000,000
  • For Marine and Coastal Areas:
    • Minimum amount: €1,000,000
    • Maximum amount: €2,000,000
Geographic Regions
North Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mauritania, Sahrawi Republic
West Africa: Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau

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Posted 17 January 2017 at 11:36

11 Foods Everyone With High Blood Pressure Should Be Eating

If you have high blood pressure, you’re well aware of the types of foods you shouldn’t be eating. Your doctor has probably shoved a lengthy list of don’ts down your throat: Don’t eat red meat; steer clear of too much salt. At a certain point, you’ve probably asked yourself, “What can I eat?” The good news is, there’s still plenty you can enjoy.

For folks with high blood pressure, it’s important to be cognizant of how diet will ultimately lower, or contribute, to their high blood pressure. The American Heart Association (AHA) says, “Eating a heart-healthy diet is important for managing your blood pressure and reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other health threats.”

We’ve done some digging, and have found 10 foods that will help keep those BP numbers where they need to be. Check it out for full information.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 17 January 2017 at 11:29

Ethiopian ants could spread worldwide and wipe out natives

A dominant new ant species has emerged in Ethiopia with the potential to distribute itself around the globe and form “supercolonies”, wiping out native ants as it spreads.

This could make the African country the “ground zero” for a dominant ant species with high global invasion potential, suggests the scientist who discovered the species, Dr Daniela Magdalena Sorger.

A supercolony emerges when individual nests with their own queens join together in a network. The number of associated colonies can spread out over a very wide area, with the largest supercolony discovered in this region of Ethiopia measuring 38km across, said Dr Sorger, a post doctoral researcher with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Read the full story here 

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Posted 6 June 2016 at 07:24

Livelihood Specialist Job Opportunity 

 CNFA is currently accepting applications for technical experts for an anticipated USAID-funded Feed the Future (FTF) project in Ethiopia to support and enhance livelihood opportunities of the chronically food insecure households. The program will focus on USAID Ethiopia’s livelihood priorities: (1) on-farm income generating activities (IGAs) and crop and livestock market systems; (2) off-farm IGAs and non-farm enterprise development; (3) non-farm labor and wage employment; as well as (4) collaborative learning for scaling and sustaining gains made in the 3 livelihood - on-farm, off-farm and employment – pathways.  

Read more here 

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Hi

2 years 6 months ago

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Posted 27 November 2015 at 06:43

9 Herbs That Make Any Meal Healthier 

You should increase the intake of minerals only grow a garden window.

What is the fastest way to your dinner loaded down with antioxidants? In oregano. Need more iron? In Lavender. If you cook with fresh herbs, you are not true wonder of nature, tiny flavor enhancers with antioxidants and minerals are added to each dish, and can cut some charged that molded product toxic chemicals. During cooking Even if you do not care about nutrition, they will help each totally killer meal sure to impress anyone. Find free report 

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Posted 21 October 2015 at 09:35

Rothamsted International Fellowships for Phd Students: Research Promoting Agriculture & Environmental Needs in Developing Countries

The fellowship provides funding for:
  • an accommodation and subsistence allowance of £1,250 per month.
  • One return journey between the home country and Rothamsted.
  • Institute research costs, up to a maximum of £5,000 per annum.
Eligible countries
Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Albania, Anguilla, Angola, Ghana, Algeria, Antigua & Barbuda, Bangladesh, Kenya, Armenia, Argentina, Benin, Korea, Dem. Rep., Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bhutan, Kyrgyz Rep, Bolivia, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belize, Burundi, Pakistan, Cameroon, Botswana, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cape Verde, Brazil, Central African Rep., Tajikistan, China, Chile, Chad, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Cook Islands, Comoros, Vietnam, Congo, Rep., Costa Rica, Congo Dem. Rep., , Dominican Republic, Croatia, Djibouti, Ecuador, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Dominica, Eritrea, El Salvador, Fiji, Ethiopia,

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Gizaw Legesse Hi Shimeles, Thank you for sharing us this opportunity. Please keep on sharing!

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 26 May 2015 at 09:35

The food system depends on a healthy environment; but agriculture is also responsible for environmental degradation. Beekeepers continue to lose 30 percent of honeybee colonies during an average winter likely because of pesticides and other agrochemicals. Soil degradation is occurring at staggering rates with soils being depleted 10 to 40 times faster than they are being replenished. And up to 100,000 plant varieties are currently endangered worldwide. Read more

Gizaw Legesse Thanks, Shimeles - for sharing us this informative Article. Regarding pollution, I always wonder also why I don't see butterflys in Addis as they were a few years before. But I will surely going to ask the agronomists what kind of pesticides are being used in Ethiopia, for the sake of the bees as well as for many agricultural farms that depend on bee-based pollinations. Thanks for the contribution, and please keep on doing it!

3 years 7 months ago

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Posted 11 February 2015 at 10:15

  FAO invites Proposals for Voices of the Hungry Project: Measuring Food Insecurity Through People’s Experiences 

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is currently accepting Letters of Interest for its newly implemented project- Voices of the Hungry (VoH). FAO Voices of the Hungry project promotes research on food insecurity, based on data from the Gallup® World Poll. The project seeks develop a new global standard for estimating the number of people experiencing food insecurity. Read more here 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 January 2015 at 07:11

This Saturday, March 22nd, the world celebrates World Water Day.
Water and agriculture are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. Agriculture is a major user of both ground and surface water for irrigation—accounting for about 70 percent of water withdrawal worldwide

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