Attributes of an Effective Mentor

Mentor Description

Mentorship is often considered a core component of education, professional training, and career success. It provides early to mid-career professionals with access to more experienced individuals and their networks to further support the mentee’s professional and personal development. Successful mentorship can also build long-term collaborations and mutual learning.

The Data for Health (D4H) Gender Equity Mentorship Program will focus on enhancing the knowledge and expertise of global public health professionals in areas such as gender transformative processes, policies, and outcomes, and using gender equitable data to do so. The mentorship program will empower them to strengthen their capabilities and make significant contributions in the field from a gender perspective.

What is expected of me as a Mentor?

A good mentor will not only provide the mentee with information, resources, and networking opportunities, but they will serve as a guide, model, and sounding board. Mentorship involves a more personal relationship between the mentor and mentee than, say, a supervisor/employee relationship. An effective mentor provides various aspects of support, including instrumental (assistance with skills), informational (advice, suggestions, networking introductions), emotional (listening, empathy), and appraisal (feedback).

D4H Gender Equity Mentors will include both Gender Equity Unit staff and gender scholars from D4H focus countries. We will develop a mentorship pool of willing mentors, cataloging your areas of expertise and specific mentorship interests. Upon being matched with a mentee, you will meet for approximately 1-2 hours a month. You will be expected to initiate meetings with your mentee during a time that fits both your schedules. You will receive guides for tackling different issues relevant to your mentorship mandate and tips to facilitate meetings with your mentee. You will also have access to a virtual workspace (i.e., Slack) where you can share experiences, tools, and resources with other program participants.

To be a successful mentor, we ask that you come with an open mind; ready to share learnings, grow with your mentee, be challenged; and be able to commit to the full scope of the program. On selection, we will share resources to help you embark on your mentorship journey.

What do I gain as a Mentor?

    Leadership and communication skills
    Recognition as an advisor in issues focused on gender equity
    Access to a professional peer network
    A sense of fulfillment and satisfaction by assisting a mentee and contributing to their development
    Cross-organizational knowledge sharing

While this program doesn't offer monetary compensation for mentoring, on completion, you will be awarded a certificate and a Gender Mentor professional logo from the D4H Gender Equity Unit as recognition of your contribution. You can proudly include these in your email signature to showcase your achievement.

Click here to access the online application form for Mentors.

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