Name: simret Yasabu
Organisation: WaterAid Ethiopia
Role: Media and Communications officer
I have worked as a journalist and media and communications officer. As you can see from my resume, I took several training that are related to media and communications and received certificates from recognized organizations. In additions to these practical experiences, I completed my Bachelor Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University. I also obtained my Master Degree in Journalism and Communication from the Faculty of Journalism and Communication, Addis Ababa University. Since October 2006- august 2008 I was working in as RiPPLE Media and Communications Officer. RiPPLE (www.rippleethiopia.org) is an action research programme funded by Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK government. As holder of the post I was responsible to write, design and edit its quarterly newsletter, administer the intranet and the internet, write and disseminate biweekly update for partners, organize and facilitate communication related training for RiPPLE and partners staffs, create database for media contacts, organize meeting and workshops, Represent as well s make presentation of big events like the Multi Stakeholder Forum (MSF), take pictures and video for key events and field trips, give interviews for local media houses. I am also responsible to interview local people and partners and disseminate the information. With my team I have developed with the RiPPLE communication strategy which is available on http://www.rippleethiopia.org/library.php/files/file/20080623-communication-strategy. In general I am responsible to make sure that the project information are well communicated and reach the relevant audience and build the image of the project. Currently, I am working with WaterAid Ethiopia (INGO) which was the former host for the RiPPLE programme. I am working as a media and communication officer. I am well familiar with social media /web 2.0 including face books, wiki space and others. I am responsible to administer our intranet and internet which is becoming the most popular online communication tools .