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Essa is an Innocenti consultant based in Ethiopia and is an Assistant Professor at the department of Agricultural Economics, University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He is also a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the Center for Evaluation and Development (C4ED) – Ethiopia. Essa works at the intersection of education, health, and behavioral economics, with particular interest in social protections, labor markets, and human capital. Currently, Essa is coordinating ongoing research activities under the Transfer Project on the Integrated Safety Net Program (ISNP) impact evaluations and the Gender Responsive and Age Sensitive Social Protection (GRASSP) research streams in Ethiopia. He holds PhD in Development Economics from University of Bonn, Germany.