Deputy Regional Director, Horn of Africa, Oxfam America (staff-elected director)
Mandefro started his career as a Researcher in February 1992 at Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research. Before joining Oxfam he was the Coordinator of Rural Capacity Building Project (financed by the World Bank and CIDA with a budget of USD 71 million.) Working as a coordinator in RCBP helped him enhance his experience in facilitation, communication, networking and promoting best practices. During his time there he built his skills in managing multi-institutional/cultural/disciplinary teams and institutions. In addition to working with government institutions and local communities, he also worked with NGOS (e.g. SG2000, CIDA, USAID, AGRI-Service and JICA), local and foreign Universities and the private sector. In March 2010, he joined Oxfam America as Water Program Coordinator and Interim Micro Insurance Manager. In 2011 he was promoted to Deputy Regional Director for the Horn and is currently transiting to a Country Director Position for OUS and Associate Country Director for OXFAM in Ethiopia.