Supporting a social mobilization effort to strengthen village development groups in Myanmar. Strategic Planning event for the Iraqi Legal Clinic Network Association Participatory Project Management Training Module in Zimbabwe Creating a participatory project planning meeting agenda with Afghan mobilizers. Program evaluation and strategic review, Haiti Newly trained facilitators work with 40 local NGO's to create a vision for the Iraq Access to Justice Project Scenario Planning in Iraq Partnering assessment for UNESCO Biosphere Reserves conservation program, Cat Bah Island, Vietnam Private sector and humanitarian agencies working  in partnership to promote mobile money innovations in London Women's group facilitators in Jalallabad, Afghanistan Participatory strategic planning results in a five year vision and  two year 'strategic directions' for this Phoenix company.

Six week training of ToP™ Facilitation Methods Trainers, Khujand, Tajikistan Facilitating strategic planning in Indonesia. Coaching mobilizers at a participatory project planning meeting in Afghanistan Innovation marketplace for program design in Palestine World Bank LAC Retreat Training of Trainers of Community Mobilizers A course in participatory event design for an internal co-hort of facilitators promoting more effective meeting culture agency wide. Program evaluation with humanitarian agency in Sri Lanka Community consultations with IDPs in Wasit, Iraq Designing Innovation Events


Alisa Oyler is a skilled facilitator, trainer, and curriculum designer with experience working in over 25 countries including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan, Haiti, Guatemala and Zimbabwe.

As an Associate with Partners in Participation she has focused her work on the international humanitarian field with a special emphasis on efforts involving multi-stakeholder change management.  As a facilitator, she is highly skilled in event design including organizational and strategic planning efforts, program design and debriefs, and conferences promoting cross learning and practical outcomes.  Working with existing leadership from diverse groups including local villages, community based organizations, national boards and executive committees, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies and policy-making bodies she creates agendas that reflect the unique context and character of the convening groups and achieve productive and innovative aims. She is a Mentor level trainer in the ToP facilitation methods, was an early leader in the design and launch of the Youth as Facilitative Leaders training series and network, and has experience with a variety of participatory leadership methods and group facilitation techniques as well as working with multicultural and multilingual groups.

As a trainer and curriculum designer, Alisa has been called upon frequently to custom design capacity building systems for organizational change initiatives, systems which may piece together existing curricula with newly designed sessions integrating innovative workshops, trainings, learning contracts, learning cohorts and mentoring and peer relationships (both in person and virtual).

Alisa has recent experience tailoring and delivering trainings in the following curricula: Community Mobilization, PRA/ PLA, Governance and Accountability Tools, Participatory Planning, Peacebuilding Program Design, Negotiation and Communication, Leadership Styles, Performance Management, Time Management, Training of Trainers and Adult Learning, Feedback and Coaching, Technology of Participation Facilitation Methods, and more.

A representative sample of past facilitation and training clients includes: Mercy Corps (several country programs), The World Bank, UMCOR, World Health Organization Laos, UNESCO, ICA: EHIO, DPK, National Governors Association, National Office of Job Corps, City of Mesa, Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, ASAP Connect, American Association of Inside Sales Professionals, Innovation Partners and America’s Career Resource Network Association. Alisa has a BA in History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Masters in International Program Management and Leadership from the School for International Training.

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