UNIDO - Cluster Development - Expert Network
Cluster Development Agent
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After having obtained a B.A. in Economics from the Asmara University in Ethiopia, I started my professional career as a Junior Economist in the Project Preparation and Evaluation Department at the Ministry of Industry of Ethiopia. I then moved to the Tigaray Regional Industry as a departmental head of the Trade Bureau and later also the Industry and Trade Office, where I engaged in various activities to promote SMEs in the region. Amongst others, I provided consulting services in the areas of marketing, technology and finance related activities, conducted trainings for SMEs, assessed potential resources of the region, identified industrial project ideas, prepared industrial project profiles for potential investors, and carried out training needs assessment and impact assessments.
Since 2005, I have been working as a cluster development agent in UNIDO projects in Ethiopia, where I have gained in-depth experience in preparing cluster diagnostic studies and action plans, building trust and linkages between cluster actors as well as monitoring and evaluation. The clusters I assisted focused on metal and wood works, as well as edible oil.
I also attended intensive trainings in the fields of entrepreneurship and SME development, business counseling and management.
In which languages could you support a CD project (proficiency level should be adequate so that you could also hold presentations and do trainings in this language)?
In which countries have you worked on CD projects?
Experience in the following areas ...
CSR in a cluster context
Innovation in a cluster context
Cluster based finance schemes
Export Consortia development
Monitoring & Evaluation of CD projects
Gender issues a cluster context
Poverty alleviation through CD
Development of BDS in a cluster context
Energy efficiency in clusters
Cluster policy advisory
worked in min. 2 clusters on the respective issue and or drafted methodological texts on the subject
worked in/managed a project where the respective subject was an issue, but not directly implemented related activities
Have you ever worked as Cluster Development Agent (CDA)?
Have you been trained specifically on the UNIDO CD approach?
Have you ever been employed under a UNIDO cluster development project?
How many clusters have you assisted as a CDA?
In which sectors have you worked on CD projects?
Manufacturing of food products
Manufacturing of wood products and/or furniture
Manufacturing of basic metals and metal products