Aala is an independent consultant, specialising in humanitarian family programme development, project development, implementation and evaluation. She is also a family skills trainer.  Examples of consultancies she is involved in:

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Aala has been working as a consultant for the UNODC for over two years. Her role involves:

  • Developing and evaluating global projects on family skills programmes for families that have experienced conflict, displacement and those residing in low and middle income countries
  • Conducting needs assessments
  • Managing and coordinating implementation of Global Projects on Prevention of Drug use through family skills
  • Co-authored two United Nations family skills programmes; The Strong Families programme and Families UNited. Also a master trainer of these two programmes
  • Since 2017 has travelled and trained NGO staff and field workers in Senegal, Tajikistan, Serbia, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Palestine, Sri Lanka, India, Philippines and Tajikistan.
  • Set up and monitor of evaluation packages in these implementation countries
  • Prepared protocols and academic publications for all projects
  • Presented at global United Nations meetings and in expert group meetings.

Children and War Foundation CAW

Aala is an accredited trainer on the CaW trauma recovery programme ‘Teaching Recovery Techniques’. Along with colleagues Professor Rachel Calam and Dr Kim Cartwright she has devloped a caregiver arm for this evidence based programme, for which this version of the programme is called ‘Teaching Recovery Techniques + Parenting’. Aala is involved in a consultancy developing a distance learning package for this advanced version of the programme to make the programme accesible to those in low resource, conflict or unstable setting.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Aala has worked as a consultant for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Culture and International Mental Health Research Group. She worked with Professor Nusrat Husain in assisting the Trust towards the service development and integration of mental health services among Ethnic minority groups.