Get support from a diaspora mentor
WHY SHOULD WE GET MENTORING SUPPORT?
Working on humanitarian response is challenging on many levels: from working in painful environments to having to deal with difficult donor requirements. Trainings are often expensive and challenges and questions often only emerge once the training concepts and methods are being applied. The mentor will be someone from your country of origin to informally reach out to when you need specific or general advice or simply want to learn from other experiences.
For example your organisation can get support in Finance, HR, Procurement, Fundraising, Proposal development, Report writing, Advocacy, Communication.
Example: Ali, of Somali origin, has been the CEO of a successful medium size enterprise in Yorkshire. He has a background in finance and business. He became mentor for ‘Help Somali’, a small local organisation in Somalia with little experience in dealing with financial issues. He advises the new controller of ‘Help Somali’ via skype from time to time.
The Role of your organisaiton
- Recognize the mentoring process is an investment in your development.
- Communicate honestly and openly with the mentor at all times.
- Listen, consider and respond to feedback received.
- Be open to challenges to your thoughts, ideas, working practices.
- Commit to the principles of the mentor to aid your development.
Minimum terms & conditions
- Give at least 24 hours’ notice if unable to attend a face-to-face or virtual mentoring session.
- Give at least 1 week notice in case you do not wish to continue the mentorship. Share your reasons in written if you want to end/leave/postpone/extend the mentorship programme with your mentor, and inform DEMAC.