Alisa Oyler is a skilled facilitator, trainer, and curriculum designer with experience working in over 20 countries including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Afghanistan, 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 process management. As a facilitator, she is highly skilled in event design including organizational and strategic planning efforts, program planning 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 number of participatory leadership methods and group facilitation techniques as well as extensive experience with the facilitation of 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, Community Government Linkage Cards, 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, 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.