Lisa Robbins-Garland has over 10 years of experience in international humanitarian and development work, with firsthand experience of how program management can make or break our ability to achieve positive change. As Senior Advisor for Program Management, she is currently managing revisions to Mercy Corps’ Program Management policy, minimum standards, manual, toolkit and global support model. This process incorporates findings from a recent review of the past 6 years of Mercy Corps program management learning, and will help institutionalize adaptive management.

Lisa has spent the last two and a half years creating a global program management capacity building model and communities of practice across the 40+ countries. She is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner and is a member of the Bond Project Management group and the PM for Development cross-organization working group.

In addition to global roles, Lisa has held programmatic, operations and technical positions in West and Central Africa including: Deputy Country Director, Program Manager, Head of Office, Gender Specialist, and Monitoring and Evaluation Manager. In her experience with Mercy Corps, Care International and the UN, Lisa has worked in a range of programmatic areas, including child protection, gender-based violence prevention and response, food security and resilience, youth employment, and international human rights law.

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