Dr.Tariku Nigatu

Dr. Tariku Nigatu is public health specialist with 18 years of experience in Africa. He earned his first degree in public health from Haromaya University and his Masters and Ph.D. from University of Gondar in 2008 and 2019, respectively. He also obtained graduate level certificates from the University of Washington in the USA and the Foundation for Professional development (FPD) in South Africa.

Dr. Tariku has worked as a health center director, as an academician, researcher, evaluator, knowledge management leader and program implementer in government, private and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) assuming increasing levels of responsibilities. Dr. Tariku served as a member of the Ethiopian National Research Advisory Council (RAC) on Maternal and Child Health at the Federal Ministry of Health, coordinated country eLearning program for the Global Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) and worked as e-learning faculty for the Mayo Clinic, USA.

Dr. Tariku has published various peer reviewed research papers in renowned local and international journals. He has authored and co-authored various technical and program briefs in areas of family planning, maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS and adolescent sexual reproductive health among others targeting decision makers at national and subnational levels. Dr. Tariku is Proficient in many analytical software including: EpiData, EPIinfo, SPSS, AMOS, and STATA.



Director,Strategic Information Digital Health Activity (DHA)-USAID Funded

September 2020-present


Manager, Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation: Regional position covering Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Ghana The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

September, 2019–August 2020.


Director, Evidence and Learning- USAID Funded PSI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

August 2017–August, 2019


Director, Knowledge Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), and Research EngenderHealth-Large Anonymous Donor

February 2017–July 2017

Senior Advisor

Senior Advisor, Knowledge Management and Program Learning-USAID Funded Pathfinder International Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia August 2011–February 2017

August 2011–February 2017

Senior Advisor

Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator-PEPFAR Funded International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

May 2009–August 2011

Program Officer

HIV/AIDS Program Officer I-TECH Ethiopia-PEPFAR Funded

December 2008–April 2009

College Dean (Founder)

Paramed Health Science College, Arbamich, Ethiopia

March 2007–August 2008

Medical Director

Buee Health Center, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNP)

August, 2004–February 2007


University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia

PhD in Public Health

Dissertation: Neonatal danger signs and caretakers treatment seeking behavior in northwest Ethiopia; A mixed method approach


University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia

MPH in Public Health

Master Thesis: Prevalence and use of contraceptives among women living with HIV/AIDS in northern Ethiopia


Haromaya University, Ethiopia,

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Term Paper: Prevalence of and factors affecting Trachoma infections among rural residents in eastern Ethiopia



Member, National Research Advisory Council (RAC) of the Maternal and Child Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health, 2016 – Present.

Country program coordinator for online course on “sexual reproductive health research” by Global foundation for medical education and research, GFMER (https://www.gfmer.ch/SRH-Course-2012/participants/Bogale-Tariku.htm)