IMPORTANT NOTE: As of 25 November, registration for this event is full. Additional applicants will be added to our waiting list, and we will work actively to try to accommodate.

Facilitator Training 2016

Training of Facilitators for Macro-Level Conflict Analysis

Get equipped for the challenging and exciting role of facilitating conflict analysis for humanitarian, development, peacebuilding and advocacy response. 

When: 15-18 February 2016

Where: Amman, Jordan

Organizer: World Vision International

Trainers: Dr. Michelle Garred, World Vision International's Associate Director of Peacebuilding, & Esther Silalahi, Independent Consultant (see biographies)

Course description:

This four-day intensive course will include:

  • exploring selected theories of macro-conflict analysis 
  • understanding and practicing facilitation roles and techniques for participatory workshops and large focus groups
  • considering success factors for facilitating an analysis process that informs action while avoiding unintentional harm. 

The first two days of the course emphasise interactive content learning and demonstration. The last two days are spent in hands-on facilitation practice in a simulated conflict analysis workshop setting. (Click here for details on training objectives.)

The course is based primarily on Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts (MSTC), a framework originally developed by World Vision, and refined in over 60 workshops during the past decade. Participants who follow this training with MSTC workshop experience can become a recommended MSTC co-facilitator (after 1 successful workshop) or a certified MSTC lead facilitator (after 3 successful workshops).

‘Macro-level’ refers to conflict on a large scale, such as a country or a large sub-national region.  Macro-level analysis is often done by ‘experts.’  However this course provides an alternative by focusing on the context knowledge of local people. Local civil society actors do the analysis themselves, guided by a clear toolkit and a team of capable facilitators, who develop their facilitation skills through training and practice.

For the first time, the course will also draw on the broader interagency landscape of participatory macro-analysis, including key learnings from the Peoples' Peacemaking Perspectives project (led by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld). This widened scope makes the course relevant to participants who wish to facilitate participatory macro-analyses other than MSTCs.

All course materials will be provided, including a complete set of MSTC analysis tools and facilitation guides. 


The training fee is $US 850 for participants from OECD-DAC member countries, and discounted to $US 650 for participants from other countries. (This fee helps to cover the basic event costs, making it possible for us to offer this training. The discount depends on where the organisation that is funding your training fee is based. We will request your organisation to pay the training fee within 4 weeks of your registration, via bank transfer or cheque.)

The training fee does not include the cost of accommodation, meals outside of workshop hours, travel, or visa. 

Who should apply:

Most of the participants will come from INGOs, NGOs and civil society organisations, but we also welcome colleagues from donor agencies, multilateral institutions, applied research centres, etc.


  • three years work experience on humanitarian, development and/or peacebuilding issues,
  • demonstrated skills in facilitation OR in conflict/context analysis,
  • and a plan for how you will facilitate macro-analysis in the future. 

The event is limited to 18 participants, with seats offered on a first-come first-served basis to all those who meet the qualifying requirements and are able to confirm funding. A strong working proficiency in English is needed, and participants are required to commit to the entire 4-day course. World Vision, as a Christian organisation, welcomes participants of all faiths or secular backgrounds to this faith-neutral course.

Early applications are encouraged, because visa processing can take up to 2 months. World Vision will provide visa invitation letters and support.

How to apply:

Click here to fill in the simple application survey. We will respond to your application within 3 business days. (Important note: As of 25 November, registration for this event is full. Additional applicants will be added to our waiting list, and we will work actively to try to accommodate.)


Please explore the MSTC resources and explanations available at If you would like to ask a question about the training contact:

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