Pacific Wayfinders mentoring programme: Become a mentor!

Are you ready to share your knowledge, build new professional relationships, and strengthen the professional capacity of workers supporting health and rehabilitation sectors in the Pacific region? Apply now to become a mentor in the 2021-22 Pacific Wayfinders mentoring programme!

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The Pacific Wayfinders mentoring programme

Pacific Wayfinders is an initiative of Motivation Australia with financial support from the Australian Government and other donors. Motivation Australia’s Pacific Wayfinders mentoring programme responds to a need for targeted continuous professional development (CPD) for workers that support the health and rehabilitation sectors in Pacific Island Countries (PICs).

The programme will run from October 2021 – July 2022.

Applications for the mentoring programme are open now for experienced health professionals, organisational leaders and other experienced professionals looking to be mentors.

Applications will close September 20th. Please read the information below before you apply.

Position summary

Volunteer role: Mentors – Experienced health professionals, organisational leaders and other experienced professionals

Dates: October 2021 – July 2022

Location: Online/remote via video teleconferencing

Load: 3 hours per month over a nine month period

Scope of role: As an experienced professional in your field, we invite you to share your knowledge and expertise by providing professional mentoring to workers involved in a field which supports health and rehabilitation in the Pacific, including people working for, or involved in government departments, private health organisations, disabled persons organisations and community groups.

The structured mentoring programme will allow mentees in PICs to access mentoring from professionals in Australia, New Zealand and other PICs. Through the programme, mentees will build their confidence and skills professionally, develop their networking skills, be provided with career guidance, given insight and different perspectives on their work, and grow their leadership capabilities.

Programme objectives

The broader objective of the Pacific Wayfinders project is to contribute towards strengthening the health and rehabilitation sectors in the Pacific.

Mentoring programme

The mentoring programme pairs personnel supporting the health and rehabilitation sectors in the Pacific region with experienced health professionals, organisational leaders and other experienced professionals in Australia and New Zealand and other PICs. This gives mentees an opportunity to meet, communicate, interact with, learn and share with leaders in their field.

Through the programme, mentees will be encouraged to drive the mentoring process and discussion. Mentors will provide insight and new perspectives to help them set and work towards career goals, build confidence, and develop their professional skills.

About the role

Drawing upon your professional experience, you will form a professional mentoring relationship with a mentee working in a PIC. You will provide mentoring to the mentee over an nine-month period. As a mentor, you will be available for monthly online video meetings, and for regular communication through email and (preferably) an online messaging application.

The mentoring relationship will be mentee-driven, allowing the mentee to drive discussion topics and enabling you to provide them with advice, coaching, counselling and guidance in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Professional, career and self-development
  • Career goals and progression towards achievement of career goals
  • Organisational values, expectations and practices
  • Professional topics and skills
  • Conflict resolution and workplace situations.

What is Motivation Australia looking for in a mentor?

A mentor can be a coach, advisor or counsellor. They are someone who can provide advice, insight and perspective on a wide range of topics to help the mentee achieve their goals or better understand professional situations, workplace culture, leadership and goal setting.

Mentors are usually people who have lived experience and can share their knowledge and the lessons learnt along their journey with the mentee to help them develop the skills and knowledge to achieve success in whatever form the mentee desires.

To be able to form a successful mentoring relationship and give the relationship the best chance to grow, Motivation Australia are looking for mentors who:

  • Have a high level of communication and listening skills
  • Have an understanding of relationship building
  • Have a high level of expertise, knowledge and skills in the same field or desired field of the mentee
  • Are committed to the mentoring programme and have a genuine interest in the development and growth of the mentee and their field of work
  • Are able to encourage exploration of ideas, critically analyse issues and situations, challenge the assumptions of the mentee and provide constructive feedback to the mentee
  • Are able to assist the mentee to identify individual needs, values and goals
  • Are committed to forming a trusting relationship with the mentee by dedicating their time and availability throughout the programme.

Terms of assignment

This assignment is a volunteer opportunity.

Motivation Australia team members will provide support to you before, during and after the completion of the programme. This will include two induction sessions, five group mentoring sessions and programme review session.

Minimum participation requirements

The following minimum participation requirements exist for this programme, the mentor must:

  • Attend two induction sessions with Motivation Australia in late September/early October 2021
  • Assist the mentee to set open and clear boundaries and expectations for the programme
  • Prepare for and participate in at least eight meetings together over an approximate nine-month period (October 2021 – June 2022)
  • Attend at least four out of five group mentoring sessions facilitated by Motivation Australia (times to be advised): November 17, January 19, March 16, May 11 and July 6
  • Assist the mentee to set goals for the programme, their career and personal life, and negotiate the steps the mentee must take to work towards achieving those goals
  • Be willing to provide programme feedback and evaluation after the programme has ended.

Position requirements

The following eligibility criteria exists for mentors in the Pacific Wayfinders mentoring programme:

  • At least three years’ experience in your field
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to listen
  • Able to listen and analyse information, give feedback and encourage creation of new ideas
  • Keen and willing to contribute to the learning and growth of the mentee and be able to commit their time and availability throughout the duration of the programme
  • Be a current member or become a member and be inducted as a volunteer of Motivation Australia.

Motivation Australia is an equal opportunity employer, and will provide equality in employment for all people employed or seeking employment or volunteer opportunities with us.

If you are interested in participating as a mentor, please fill out the form below. For more information on this role please contact Motivation Australia Project Officer Tom at tomfitzpatrick@motivation.org.au.

Mentor profile

Part of your application requires you to submit a ‘mentor profile’ to give mentees an idea of who you are, your expertise and insight, and is used b ymentees to select their mentor. You may like to include topics such as:

  • Professional background
  • Professional and personal interests
  • Goals
  • Skills or areas of expertise
  • Mentoring style
  • What you are looking for in a mentee

Please also upload a profile photo to accompany your profile.

If you are unsure of what to write, you can download some examples of past mentor profiles.

Mentor application form

The Pacific Wayfinders mentoring programme is part of Motivation Australia’s Pacific Wayfinders project, supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s ANCP programme and the Rotary Club of Torquay.

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