Amare Mugoro Gadiso is Montrose’s Team Leader for the DFID-funded Climate-Resilient Water and Sanitation programme in Ethiopia. He has a strong academic background and 28 years of professional experience working with government organisations, donor-funded NGOs and bilateral programmes. He has 18 years’ experience coordinating and managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects and programmes focusing on rural development, food/livelihood security, environment/ natural resources management, climate change adaptation/resilience building, and productive safety net and humanitarian programmes.
He has a wealth of experience in assessing capacity support needs, validating, designing and implementing capacity building interventions, including needs-based tailored training and manuals aimed at developing capacity at both community and government level.
Amare is a seasoned expert in community-based participatory watershed development, with over 13 years of experience leading watershed surveys/studies, planning and implementation. He has been directly involved in training government and NGO staff, facilitating watershed planning and design and development of community-based watershed development projects involving soil and water conservation activities, rural water supply works, small scale irrigation water works including water harvesting structures, stream diversions, and ground water development.
He worked as a member of a three-member national expert team selected to revise the Ethiopian National Guideline for Community Based Participatory Watershed Development Planning, being specifically responsible for bringing in methodologies, tools and formats for watershed climate analysis and integrating climate change adaptation (with mitigation co-benefits) into the guideline’s planning and implementation process.
He has consulted and coordinated projects aimed at climate change resilience building, organised a number of regional and national workshops and dialogue forums on climate change, food security, and environment/natural resources management. This included coordinating a three-year DFID/World Bank-funded climate smart initiative in Ethiopia. Amare also worked as National Coordinator for Wageningen University/Netherlands Space Office, promoting satellite data and IT-based information to improve livelihoods and food security of smallholder farmers.
He has an MSc in Soil Conservation and Land Reclamation Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK, and a BSc in Agricultural Engineering from Alemaya University of Agriculture, Ethiopia. He is fluent in Amharic and English.