Yitaktu Tibebu is IIRR Ethiopia’s Gender Specialist and she is especially passionate about bringing quality education to girls around the world.
1. How long have you worked for IIRR and what do you do in your position?
I just started with IIRR a few months ago as a Project Officer. I work with the Pastoralist Education Program and the Economic and Social Empowerment of Youth Project and I help write reports, work on monitoring and evaluation, and work on project proposals. Since I am a gender specialist, I also make sure gender issues are taken into account in all of projects.
I also work as a trainer for other IIRR staff and development professionals, and I work on documentation to share our field experience with others, especially as it relates to gender.
2. What’s your favorite part about working with IIRR?
I just feel that “I am at home” and that I am in the right place for my academic career. I really like working towards the betterment of the poor and being a Project Officer gives me the opportunity help people directly.
3. Where did you go to college/university/training school?
I completed my Master’s degree at Addis Ababa University at the Institute of Gender Studies. I also have a Bachelor’s of Law from the same university.
4. What is your favorite thing to do in the city where your IIRR office is located?
I really like hanging out with my family, going to church, and volunteering.
5. What book/magazines/blogs are you currently reading?
Since I’m new to IIRR, I am reading a few of our publications about integrating gender into development projects.
6. Where is the next place you’d like to travel?
I want to travel to the Goro Dola, Adola, Silti, and Dillo districts, and to the Pastoralist communities of the Borena and Guji Zones.
7. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make a difference in the world?
Everyone has the potential to be effective in every task that s/he wants to accomplish or is assigned to perform. Education and experience are also critical to be inspired!