MENTOR-AFE: Frequently Asked Questions
Over a 12 month period, a mentor will provide guidance and support to enable a mentee to develop the specific skills they need to advance their work on age-friendly environments. Exactly what’s on offer will be unique to the mentee’s development needs, the mentor’s skills, and the time and energy committed to the relationship. Mentors and mentees will receive certificates at the end of the year, recognising their contributions and achievement.
MENTOR-AFE is a joint programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation on Ageing (IFA).
- advocating for age-friendly environments and/or the inclusion of older people;
- building strategic partnerships;
- facilitating participatory processes;
- addressing inequalities;
- conducting a baseline assessment;
- developing an action plan;
- evidence-based programme design;
- implementing and managing an age-friendly project or programme of work;
- monitoring and evaluation;
- analysing and developing policies;
- imparting knowledge and skills to others;
- managing and coordinating teams;
- developing and implementing campaigns; and
- communicating and promoting project activities.
Individuals selected to be mentees may be from a range of sectors, agencies and backgrounds. They may be at different phases of development – just starting out on their age-friendly journey or ready to evaluate impact. All mentees will demonstrate a strong desire and commitment to creating age-friendly environments, and an awareness of the key skills they need to develop to be more effective.
Mentors will be selected because they are ready and willing to support mentees to develop the relevant skills and apply them to the development of age-friendly environments.
- a completed profile form (note there are different forms for mentors and mentees)
If you are selected you will also be asked to sign a Declaration of Interest form. Mentees when paired with suitable mentors will develop and sign a Mentoring Accord that sets out what they will achieve and how they will do this.
Once introduced, mentors and mentees will together develop a Mentoring Accord, setting out an agreed plan for communications and the skills and activities that will be the focus of the mentoring. The Accord will help to structure the relationship and set agenda for communications, and be a reference for measuring progress.
As we’re running the programme for the first time, we will also be asking mentors and mentees for feedback to help us improve the programme for future groups.
The mentees chosen will:
- have a key role in a city or community that is a member of the Global Network.
- be able to demonstrate knowledge of and a commitment to developing age-friendly environments.
- have clearly identified which skills they need to develop and hence be likely to draw the maximum benefit mentoring programme.
Mentors will be chosen on the basis that they can support a mentee to develop the skills they want to develop through their knowledge and expertise. Mentors will also be asked to demonstrate that they have relevant experience with the skills required to develop age-friendly environments as well as mentoring experience and be committed to investing time in the relationship.
A Matching Committee made up of WHO, IFA and three affiliates to the Global Network will consider applications and look for the best matches. In the first year, we are limiting the programme to 20 mentorship pairs. We will be asking mentors and mentees selected for the programme to agree to the person they’re matched with.
To give yourself the best possible chance of being paired with a mentor, answer all questions in the online application form clearly and fully.
We do encourage low cost forms of communications, such as email, mobile phone applications, or online calling platforms (eg. Skype, WhatsApp). Keeping costs low enables regular and substantive discussions, for high-quality mentoring. While most mentoring is likely to be done remotely, if there is an opportunity for in-person sessions, we would encourage this. Discuss and agree any costs before mentoring begins.