Marion (May) Orchison has 18 years of experience working in adult learning and more than a decade of humanitarian experience in capacity building, emergency preparedness, coordination and project management. She specialises in the design, delivery and evaluation of humanitarian learning strategies and programs with an emphasis on quality instructional design and participatory learning, helping teams to manage complex contextual issues and motivating them to achieve their best.
In 2013 she developed a comprehensive, competency-based learning program for the 30+ organisation strong, United Nations Standby Partnership Program (SBPP) to help harmonize surge deployee training. She has worked in emergency operations and coordination for CARE in the Asia Pacific and OCHA and UNICEF in Africa and has delivered training for UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA, WFP, WHO, RedR, the Danish Refugee Council, Iceland Crisis Response, Irish Aid, MSB and the Australian Government, including leadership and communication training and running simulation exercises.
In 2012 she conducted a lessons learned review of emergency operations for UNICEF South Sudan and in 2016-2017 worked with UNICEF Global Clusters to review and enhance their coordination training programs, developing coordination training content for all UNICEF staff and delivering and evaluating Nutrition, Education and WASH cluster training in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Cyprus, Turkey, and across Europe.