Mulunesh Abebe Alebachew

Curriculum Vitae

Name: Mulunesh Abebe Alebachew  

Date of birth: 29/04/1979 G.C.

Place of birth: Ethiopia: Amhara Region, West Gojjam

Sex: Female

Nationality: Ethiopian

Address: Phone: +251930352226/+251918769179

 Email: mulunesh.abebe@yahoo.com/mulunesh2014@ gmail.com    

Educational Background               

  • Research Post Doc fellowship at NutriHAF project at Food Agriculture Nutrition Policy Analysis Network(FANRPAN), South Africa and Bon University, Germany,  from November 2015 to March 2017.
  • PhD in Social Work and Social Development, Addis Ababa University, July 4, 2013(CGPA, = 4.00) and Excellent in PhD Dissertation Research.
  • Master’s Degree (M.A) in Developmental Psychology, Addis Ababa University, 2005(CGPA=3.86) and Very good in MA Thesis Research.
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A) in Educational Psychology, Addis Ababa University, 2001(Major CGPA=2.85).

Teaching Experiences

Academic positions

  • Assistant Professor at Bahir Dar University (BDU) from July 4/2013 to present.
  • Lecturer at Bahir Dar University, August 2007-July 3/2013.
  • Graduate Assistant and Assistant Lecturer at Gondar College of Medical Sciences from Sep, 2001-2005.
  • Social Protection and Social Policy Analysis for postgraduate Social Work students
  • Counseling Skills and Techniques for postgraduate Social Work students
  • Qualitative Research Methods for postgraduate Gender and Development Studies and  Social Work students
  • Psychology of Peace and Conflict for postgraduate Social Psychology students
  • Feminist Theories, Thoughts and Movements for postgraduate Gender and Development Studies students
  • Introduction to Psychology and Developmental Psychology for undergraduate students

Leadership Experiences

  1. Vice President for Research and Community Service of Bahir Dar University (Since February 2016 to present).

 Key Accomplishments

  1. Preparation of different guidelines for  research and community service, technology transfer and incentive package for publication and project
  2. Strong  and ever increasing national and international collaborative research and community service projects
  3. Strong community services projects and collaborations with different partners and stakeholders within the Regional Government and other GOs and NGOs.        

2. Coordinator of Postgraduate, Research and Community Service Coordinating Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Bahir Dar University (BDU) from March 2014 to November 2015.

  Key Accomplishments

  1. Establishing of a new peer-reviewed journal of the Faculty  named “The Ethiopian Journal of Social Sciences”
  2. Preparing MA thesis proposal guideline approved by the Faculty Academic Council (AC)
  3. Preparing staff research proposal evaluation guideline approved by the Faculty AC
  4. Preparing MA thesis calendar approved by the Faculty AC
  5. Securing externally funded research, training and community service projects
  6. Establishing national and international collaborative links
  7. Establishing different steering committees, which are endorsed by the Faculty AC to work for the betterment of the Faculty

3. Head of Department of Social Work from September 2013-August 2014.

Key Accomplishments

  1. Developing MSW curriculum and launching the program
  2. Establishing international link with guest professors and securing books through donations from Texas State University.

4. Chair of Chairs at Gender and Development Studies Program from September to January 2013.

5.  Director of Gender Office, BDU from June 2012-November 2013.

     Key Achievements

  1. Restructuring the Gender Office and establishing Gender Offices at each campus of BDU
  2. Drafting a new gender policy of BDU approval of the Senate and later published.

6. Coordinator of BDU Women’s Education Center from September 2005-Nov 2007. 

Key Achievements

  1. Securing externally funded regional research project and leading it successfully.
  2. Establishing WAASA (Women Academic and Administrative Staff Association) of BDU and leading it as deputy chairperson for a year (in 2006/7).

7. Volunteer gender activist, founder of Gender Office, Coordinator of it and Counselor at Gondar College of Medical Sciences, from Sep 2001-2003.

Key Achievement

  1. Initiating and establishing a new Gender Office before any university in Ethiopia due to a real faced challenge in handling a real abuse case experienced by a female student.

Research /Project Experiences

  • Post-Doctoral fellow, Gender Expert at NutriHAF Africa (Action research and capacity development Project on Rural Development ( November 2015 –March 2017)
  • Comprehensive Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) research and training in Amhara Region- Research and community service project funded by UNICEF and Bahir Dar University, started in September 2015 (team member).
  • Impacts of Urban Expansion on Natural Resource and Livelihoods of Rural-Urban Fringes of “Mega Cities of Ethiopia.”(Project Coordinator, Gender Specialist and Principal investigator-a research project funded by USAID-LAND Project).
  • Assessment of the Implementation of Rural Land Laws in the Amhara National Regional State (Member of the lead researchers team, gender specialist and research methodologist); July 2013- August 2015- funded by USAID-LAND Project.  
  • Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Bahir Dar City: Exploring Women’s Coping Strategies and Their Resilience, 2013 (Dissertation Research).
  • Evaluation Research on the Effectives of CARE Ethiopia-TESFA project in Lay Gayint Woreda, April 2013: A qualitative research investigated the effectives of the intervention on ending child marriage (team member).
  • Terminal Evaluation of the “Empowerment of Women and Girls” Project of EU and ORDA in Amhara, 2012, (team member).
  • Exploring Women’s Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence, Their Coping Strategies and Resilience in Gedam Sefer, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2009, funded by “Love for Children.”
  • The Interplay of Gender, Disability and HIV/AIDS: Experiences and Coping Strategies of a Blind Woman Living with HIV/AIDS, 2008.
  • Major Harmful Traditional Practices (FGM, early marriage and others) and Violence against Women in South Wollo and East Gojjam Zone of Amhara Region, 2006/7, funded by SIDA Amhara Rural Development and ANRS Women’s Affair Bureau, (team leader and principal investigator)
  • Psychosocial Characteristics of Adolescence: Nature, Opportunities, Challenges and Potential Risky Behaviors, 2005 (Master’s Thesis).
  • Blindness and Its Psychosocial Impacts: A Case of Addis Ababa University Blind Students, 2001 (Senior Essay).

Publications

A. Journal Articles

  1. Sarah M. Nischalke, Mulunesh Abebe, Beneberu Assefa, Simone K, Kriesemer, and Tina Beuchelt, (2017). Forgotten Forests? Food Potential of Ancient Coffee Forests and Agroforestry Systems in the Southern western Ethiopian Mountains, Through a Gender Lens.
  2. Mulunesh A, and Kerebih, A (2015).  Intimate Partner Violence against Women: Practice and Attitude in South Wollo and East Gojjam Zones of the Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Journal of Social Sciences. Vol 1, No.2, 2015, pp.15-24.
  3. Kerebih, A and Mulunesh (2014).  Early Marriage in South Wollo and East Gojjam Zones of the Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2014, pp. 11-16. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20140202.11

B. Proceedings

  1. Mulunesh A., Sarah N., Beneberu A., & Tina, B, (2016). “Being a woman farmer is like being cursed”: Gender challenges in horticultural research in South Western Ethiopia (Conference proceeding presented on Tropentag 2016 and published online).
  2. Beneberu A. Sarah N., Mulunesh A., & Tina B. Challenges and Prospects of Farm and Non-farm Livelihood  Strategies of Smallholder Farmers in Yayu Biosphere Reserve,Ethiopia. A qualitative Analysis (Conference proceeding presented on Tropentag 2016 and published online).
  3. Mulunesh A., Selam L. (2014), Knowledge and Attitude of Civil Servants towards Affirmative Action Provisions for Women Employees: A Case of Regional Bureaus in Bahir Dar City (Journal of Ethiopian Sociologists, Social Workers, and Anthropologists).

    C. Books, Book Chapters, Book Reviews

  1. Kassa Alemu and Mulunesh Abebe (eds). Sustainable Development and Governance Strategies for Economic Growth in Africa (in press at IGI Global, USA).
  2. Women Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia: Challenges and Opportunities, (Book chapter on process of publication in England at Z books).
  3. Mulunesh A. (2017). The Resilience Perspective (book chapter). In Chang, V., Scott, S., & Decker, C (3nd ed). Developing Helping Skills. Cengage Learning, USA.
  4. Mulunesh A. (2013). The Resilience Perspective (book chapter). In Chang, V., Scott, S., & Decker, C (2nd ed). Developing Helping Skills. Cengage Learning,USA.
  5. Kerebih A, and Mulunesh A, (2012). Major Harmful Traditional Practices and Violence against Women in Ethiopia. Book, published by VDM Verlag Dr. Müller GmbH & Co.KG: Germany.
  6. Violence and Gender in the Globalized World. The intimate and Extimate by Sanja Bahun-Radnovic V.G. Julie Rajan (2008), Reviewed by Mulunesh A, (2011). Journal of Community Practice, vol19: 1-3.
  7. Mulunesh, A. (2011). Psychosocial Characteristics of Adolescence: Nature, Opportunities, Challenges and Potential Risky Behaviors. Master’s thesis; published as a book by VDM Verlag Dr. Müller GmbH & Co.KG: Germany, ISBN: 978-3-639-300949.

MA Thesis Mentoring

Mentored MA theses (Students names and their research topics)

  1. Selam Lantihun (2012). Knowledge and Attitude of Civil Servants towards Affirmative Action Measures for Women: A Case of Some Selected Regional Bureaus in Bahir Dar Town.
  2. Tilksew Yitayale (2012). Challenges of Women Leaders in Exercising their Leadership Roles: A Case of Higher Official Women Leaders in Bahir Dar Town.
  3. Tamene Damtie (2012). Challenges and Opportunities of HIV Positive Women Engaged in Income Generating Activities in Bahir Dar town.
  4. Abebe Getahun (2013): Stigma and Discrimination against HIV Positive Women: The Experiences of HIV Positive Women in Bahir Dar Town.
  5. Omod Oboya (2013): Exploring the Consequences of Inheritance Marriage on Women: A Case of Anywaa Community in Gambella Regional State.
  6. Derejaw Mitiku (2013): Challenges that Hinder the Implementation of Gender Based Affirmative Action Policies: A Case of Five Selected Bureaus in Gambella Regional State.
  7. Dagne Yiradu (2014). Factors Affecting Women’s Utilization of Pre-natal Care Services: The Case of Gumuz Community.
  8. Abebaw Yihun (2014). The Condition of Premarital Sex among Male and Female Students at Addis Zemen High School.
  9. Dinkayehu Arega (2014). Exploring the Nature of ‘Yekenferewodaje’ in Wogdi Woreda of South Wollo Zone.
  10. Rahel Belay (2015). Challenges and Coping Strategies of Street Children in Bahir Dar City Administration
  11. Mulugeta Geberemeskel (2015). The Impact of Parenting Style on Substance Use Behavior and Mental Health of Adolescents: A Case of Four Selected High School Students in Bahir Dar City Administration
  12. Azeb Semeneh (2015). Challenges of Women Bajaji Drivers in Bahir Dar City Administration.
  13. Askalemariam Ayalew (2015). Challenges of Working Mothers in Balancing Child Care and Office Work in Bahir Dar City Administration
  14. Serkalem Kedir (2016). The Gender Dimension HIV Discordant Coupes in Dessie Town.
  15. Getnet Tadele (2016). Challenges of Homeless Women in Bahir Dar City
  16. Nitsuh Tadele (2016). Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of in-Country Adoption in Bahir Dar City.
  17. Tsion Addisu   (2016). Challenges of Female Extension Health Workers in South Gondar Zone.
  18. Yibeyne Hagose (2016). Born to exile:  The lived experiences of abused Eritrean women in Shimelba refuge.
  19. Tewodros Kassahun (2016). Factors of HIV Adherence among Children in Bahir Dar City.
  20. Abeselom Girmachew (2017). Challenges of Female Headed Households in Rearing their Children in Simada Woreda of South Gondar Zone.

MA Theses Mentoring on Progress

  1. Tigist Tibebu (Ongoing Research).  Challenges and Adjustment Mechanisms of Divorced Parentsin Bahir Dar City.
  2. Erkiyihun Ashenef (Ongoing Research). Service Provision and Challenges of Child Care Institutions in Providing Care and Support for Children: In selected three Child Care Institutions in Amhara region
  3. Yemataw Demelash (Ongoing Research). The Psychosocial Problems and Resilience of People Affected by Leprosy: the Case of Bahir Dar City Leprosy Association.
  • Higher Education Leadership and Management training from December 13/2016 to April 20/2017, by GIZ in collaboration with MoE (Trainings in Addis, Trainings and  six Universities Visits in Germany and the Netherlands, Individual transfer project over three months).
  • UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities Conference, held from November 13-18 Hangzu, China. 
  • Tropentag 2016, Conference on International Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development, Austria, Vienna, September 18-21, 2016.
  • Community University Partnership Program (CUPP) - University of Brighton, England April, 2015.
  • Refresher training on Research Methodology in Social Science for University Professors and Supervisors of Masters and PhD students, conducted in Nairobi, Kenya organized by OSSREA form 19th-30th August 2013.
  • Child Welfare and Community Development, from August 9-21, 2009 (a training of trainers).
  • Family Based Community Development, from July 14-21, 2009 (training of trainers).
  • Group and Community Skills, From May 10-19, 2009 (training of trainers).

Selected Presentations

  • “Being a woman farmer is like being cursed”: Gender challenges in horticultural research in South Western Ethiopia, September, 19, 2016. Presented in Tropentag 2016 conference in Vienna, Austria.
  • Women Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia: Challenges and Opportunities. Presented on a workshop organized entitled “Assessing transitions and transformations in smallholder agriculture with case studies from Lake Tana basin, by the Nordic-Africa Institute in Collaboration with Bahir Dar University, 27-28 August 2015, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
  • Women and Vulnerable Groups’ Landholding Rights in Amhara National Regional State. Presented on a workshop organized by USAID-LAND Project for stakeholders from all regions of Ethiopia, June 29-July 1/2015.
  • Knowledge and Attitude of Civil Servants towards Affirmative Action Provision for Women Employees: A Case of Regional Bureaus in Bahir Dar City. Presented at the 2nd   Annual Conference of the Faculty of Social Sconces’ Bahir Dar University, April 16-17/2015.
  • Knowledge and Attitude of Civil Servants towards Affirmative Action Provision for Women Employees: A Case of Regional Bureaus in Bahir Dar City. Presented at the 11th Annual Conference of Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers and Anthropologists (ESSSWA) March 20-21/2015.
  • Thriving in the Face of Marital Abuse: Exploring Coping Strategies of Women Living in Abusive Marriage in Bahir Dar Town, presented on April 25/2014 at the First National Conference of the Faculty of Social Science on the theme of “ Culture, Social Mobility, Governance and Development”   

Selected Trainings Provided

  • Qualitative research methods and the research process: Training provided for women Academic staff of Gondar University, January 2016. 
  • Child development, child rearing practices and how to protect children from abuse and neglect. Training provided for different stakeholders in March, May and July 2015.
  • Qualitative Research Methods. Training provided for Amhara Region Supreme Court officials from June 7-10, 2015.
  • Women Empowerment and Gender Equality, training provided at Biradam Watershed Project of Bahir Dar University from March 14-15, 2015. 
  • Child rights, child protection and the role of Social Workers in supporting and facilitating the judiciary system for child protection, training provided from February 6-8 and 10-12, organized by Amhara Region Supreme Court, 2014.
  • Life-skill training for SOS Bahir Dar Youth’s organized by SOS village Bahir Dar from Nov 9-10/2013.
  • Training on “Appreciative inquiry” for self-help women groups supported by Alem Children Aid Organization, Bahir Dar, in August, 2013.
  • Para-Social Workers training for volunteer youth form May 6-20/2013, organized by Amhara Region Bureau of Labor and Social Affairs in collaboration with Bahir Dar University.
  • Negative psychosocial consequences of harmful traditional practices on children and women, from November 22-23, 2009, organized by Amhara National Regional State Bureau of Labor and Social Affairs.
  • Child development and parenting skills, from June 1-3, 2009 organized by Amhara National Regional State Bureau of Labor and Social Affairs.
  • Gender based violence and guidance counseling techniques from Nov, 24-28, 2008 organized by the Amhara National Regional State Bureau of Labor and Social Affairs.
  • Magnitude and negative consequences of female genital mutilation and early marriage in Amhara Region, presented at Regional workshop organized by Amhara Region Bureau of Social Affairs in collaboration with Save the Children Norway from Oct, 7-8, 2007.
  • Major harmful traditional practices and violence against women in South Wollo and East Gojjam zones of the Amhara Region, presented at workshops organized by the Amhara Region Women’s Affairs Bureau at Dessie and Bahir Dar towns, March, 2007.

 Professional Services/membership

  • Board Member of Debre  Markos University (since March  2017 )
  • Member of Ethiopian Agricultural Research Council, since November 2016.  
  • Member of Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission Council, since April 2017
  • Member of Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)
  • Member of Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers and Anthropologists (ESSSWA)
  • Member of Family Guidance Association Ethiopia (FGEA).
  • Member of Mary Joy AID through Development.
  • Member of Duna Elderly Association, Bahir Dar.
  • Member of Health Development and Antimalarial Association
  • Member of Society for Ecotourism and Biodiversity, Bahir Dar.

References

  1. Professor Margaret Adamek, Professor at Indiana University, USA.  

Email: madamek@iupui.edu

  1. Professor Valerie Chang, Professor in emeritus at Indiana University, USA.

Email: vchang@ iupui.edu.

  1. Professor Habtamu Wondimu, AAU, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences   

     Email: wondimuhabtamu@yahoo.com

  1. Dr. Guday Emrie,  Addis Ababa University, College of social Sciences

    Email: gudaye343083@gmail.com