Timeline & Activities

Mentorship Activities

The 8 week mentorship program is built around frequent conversations and activities between the mentor/mentee with the exact schedule and set of activities to be determined by the mentor and mentee.  Our goal is to provide a flexible framework to allow for mentors and mentees to customize your experience to your interests and goals.  We will have a few scheduled events throughout the four months, but we will be in communication with you throughout the process.  We will be in communication with you throughout the process so let us know how we can best support you!

This year’s program will be launched in September, 2018.

Suggested Activities

  • Sharing Insights and Lessons Learned: As a mentor, what do you know now that you wished you knew when you were in your mentee’s position?  Have a discussion with your mentee to see how you can share your experience.
  • Discussion on Challenges and Solutions: What challenges are you facing in your work?  Have a discussion with your mentor to see if he or she faced similar challenges, and if so, how they overcame them.
  • Include your Mentee in an Evaluation: Are you working on an evaluation? Is there a way your mentee could be part of the evaluation team to provide support to you and gain experience in conducting an evaluation?
  • Critical Friends Review: Conducting one of your first evaluations? Talk to your mentor to see if they could provide some feedback on your work or answer some of your questions about the evaluation.

How we will support you during the program

  • Provide resources and guides on DME challenges: What guidance has been most useful in your career?  What guidance are you looking for?  We will continually highlight and share resources on some of the challenges of implementing Peacebuilding DME in an ever-changing context.
  • Facilitating discussions: Using feedback from you on some of the biggest challenges mentors and mentees are facing or have faced, we will facilitate discussions so that lessons learned and insights can be shared across the mentorship program.
  • Hosting webinars: We host a bi-monthly M&E Thursday Talk webinar series which addresses emerging practices and the sharing of lessons learned across the community.
  • Mentorship Check-ins: We will check in with the mentor/mentee pairs throughout the program to see if there are additional ways we can support you, as a mentor or a mentee, in the program to achieve your goals.
  • New Ideas or Needs? Let us Know! This program is for you, let us know what is working and what is not even between check ins.  Feel free to email Jack Farrell at jfarrell@sfcg.org or submit feedback anonymously here.

Why take part?

Mentors:

As a Mentor, you will have an opportunity to share your knowledge with the wider community through facilitated, peer-to-peer learning. We work in a field of finite resources and the ability to share knowledge across organizations, and from one person to another, is one that we should grab with both hands. While this is a mentorship program, we view it more as a peer-to-peer learning opportunity for both Mentors & Mentees, to learn from each other and develop longstanding relationships.

Mentees:

Opportunities to learn from experienced practitioners in your field are hard to come by. Opportunities to learn from experienced practitioners in other organizations are nearly impossible to come by. Use this opportunity to learn from someone working in the same field, geographical area, and that speaks the same language.

What you’ll receive:

For the first time, DME for Peace will be providing a certificate of completion for participants that receive over 10 points in the program. The point system will be detailed in the sections below. The Mentorship Pairing with the highest points total at the end of the program will be given the opportunity to jointly host a M&E Thursday Talk webinar. If you do not receive over 10 points, you will not receive a certificate of completion.

Each week, the DME for Peace team will identify a topic for Mentorship Pairings to discuss. The goal of this is to create a conversation starter, and not to dictate the conversation.

 

How the scoring system works

As has been discussed in the previous section, this year’s participant will be the first to receive a certificate of completion for participants. In order to receive this certificate, Mentorship Pairings must accumulate at least 15 points throughout the program. The point system will be detailed in the sections below. The Mentorship Pairing with the highest points total at the end of the program will be given the opportunity to jointly host a M&E Thursday Talk webinar. If you do not receive over 10 points, you will not receive a certificate of completion. Points will be logged in a community document between the Mentorship Pairing and the DME for Peace Project Manager.

Point Scoring System:

  • The creation of a set of 4 goals for the Mentorship Pairing during the program (to be shared with the DME for Peace Project Manager) – 2 pts
  • Holding one weekly hour long conversation with you mentor – 2.5 pts
  • Both Mentor & Mentee attending a M&E Thursday Talk – 1 pt
  • Asking a question during a M&E Thursday Talk webinar – 0.5pts
  • Submission of a joint blog to DME for Peace – 1pt
  • Submission of an “interesting resource” to the DME for Peace Team to be shared with program participants via the weekly newsletter – 0.5pts
  • The completion of the 4 goals outlined at the beginning of the program – 5 pts

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