Getahun Kassa Atey

KEY QUALIFICATIONS

  • More than 15 years experience in teaching, research and consultancy
  • Sound experience in conducting assessments, evaluations and impact studies
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills including publishing articles in international and national journals
  • Experience in setting up evaluation and monitoring system
  • Proven experience in organizing and delivering trainings

EMPLOYMENT AND EXPERIENCE :

FROM June 2009 to date
EMPLOYER ADDIS ABABA UNIVERISTY CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
POSITION Lecturer and PhD Program Coordinator. Responsibilities: teaching, research and coordinating PhD Program on Human Rights. Delivered courses: Human Rights and Human Security; Human Rights and Federalism; and National Human Rights System. Advised students writing their thesis for the fulfilment of MA study in Human Rights. My role in the PhD Coordination includes sitting in the committee that select applicants for PhD study; establish links with universities in Africa, Europe, and the United States; communicate and involve Professors to teach in the PhD program. In addition to professors from inside Ethiopia, I have so far involved Professors from University of Accra, Ghana; Buffalo Law School, USA; American University in Cairo, Egypt; and University of Graz, Austria. I have conducted impact studies and evaluations for various organizations. To mention some: Review of Complaint Handling Procedure, Ethiopian Human Rights Commission; Evaluation of UK support to the 2010 National Election in Ethiopia, DFID-Ethiopia; Charities and Societies Laws and its Implication on DFID’s Strategic Climate Institution Program; DFID-Ethiopia; Fact Finding on Integrated Urban Development Projects in Addis Ababa, Comic Relief; Developed Sustainability Strategy and Results Framework for JFA-PFE; DFID-Ethiopia; Evaluation of Accountable Governance Project, Christian Aid and PANE; Assessment on Options for re-registration Under Ethiopian Charities and Societies Laws, CAFOD/Trocaire/SCIAF.
FROM August 2006 TO: May 2009
EMPLOYER ADDIS ABABA UNIVERISTY CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
POSITION Executive Director. Responsibilities: develop strategic and annual plans and follow up implementation; coordinate works of different departments and responsible for external relations. I was coordinating human rights promotion and protection activities of the commission through overseeing planning, implementation and evaluation of activities of the monitoring, education and research and communication departments of the commission. I was the lead person in developing five years strategic plan of the commission. While working as Executive Director of the Commission I was member of the steering team that led implementation of joint two years project (treaty reporting project) with UN Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights East Africa Regional Office and Ministry of foreign Affairs.
FROM: October 2004 TO: July 2006
EMPLOYER: MEKELLE UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF LAW
POSITION: Lecturer and Dean. Responsibilities: teaching and research; design curriculum and syllabus; coordinate overall works of the faculty; and coordinate academic partnerships. Published academic works in international and national academic journals.
FROM: December 1994 TO: August 2001
EMPLOYER: JUSTICE BUREAU OF TIGRAY, TIRAY, ETHIOPIA
POSITION:

Public prosecutor. December 1994-September 1998. Responsibilities: provide legal opinion on criminal case files, prepare charges on criminal law cases and provide legal advice on criminal law issues

Head of Justice Bureau. October 1998-August 2001. Responsibilities: coordinate and oversee implementation of overall mandate of the bureau; coordinate annual and bi-annual planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting; and represent the bureau in external relations.

EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING
2002 LLM in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Merit; LLM Thesis – Distinction, Queens University of Belfast, UK. Short courses: Columbia University; International Service for Human Rights, Switzerland; UNOHCHR-METU, Geneva; Management Institute, Ethiopia; Civil Service College, Ethiopia

LANGUAGE CAPABILITY :

  • Tigrigna [mother tongue]
  • Amharic
  • English