Applications for the 2022 mentoring program are now closed.
The AES Group Mentoring Program is an online group mentoring program, where seasoned evaluators guide a small group of emerging and mid-term evaluators through their professional journey. Participants benefit from the expertise and leadership of the mentors and from the mentee peer support, where mentees with diverse experiences can communicate and share with other mentees in pursuit of common mentoring goals and develop their support network in the evaluation field. A detailed program guide can be found here.
Mentors and associate mentors must be AES members and experienced evaluators, with a desire to support the progression of emerging and mid-term evaluators by sharing their knowledge, skills and experience through mentoring.
Responsibilities of the mentor include the following:
– Commit to mentees through sharing experience and providing practical advice.
– Assist mentees to set an achievable individual and/or group goal.
– Be inclusive, considering the experiences and needs of people of all levels of expertise and experience in evaluation as well as other professional skills and abilities, cultural protocols and preferred ways of working, genders, and sexualities.
– Assist the mentee to plan for success.
– Provide advice and guidance as required.
– Reflect on progress.
The associate mentor’s role is to support the mentor to lead the mentoring group, assisting the mentor to plan and run the program. The associate mentor will keep in touch with the mentor and mentees between meetings and act as back up to the mentor.
Mentees must be AES members with a desire to progress their professional evaluation journey by participating in an online group mentoring process.
To maximise the benefits of the program, mentees are required to:
– identify their own personal mentoring goals, objectives, and motivations
– attend mentoring online meetings throughout the duration of the program
– attempt any pre or post meeting tasks
– actively participate in online meeting discussions and group dialogue between meetings
– engage in reflective practice and application of shared ideas
– track and communicate progress towards identified goal(s)
– communicate and work through challenges
– contribute to the program monitoring and evaluation activities when requested.
Potential mentors and associate mentors are asked to complete a nomination form by the Mentor Program Committee. Enquiries about mentoring can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Potential mentees nominate through the mentee online form where personal, professional and motivational details are collected and collated. Mentees are also asked to indicate which mentoring group they are particularly interested in and why. The professional biographies of mentors and a summary of their mentoring group’s focus are available on the AES website.
Mentors and associate mentors
The AES Mentoring Program Committee reviews the mentor nominations and selects mentors based on their professional qualifications and experience, evaluation specialisation and focus and motivations for becoming involved in the program. Applicants who are not selected may be approached to participate as an associate mentor if appropriate.
Recruitment of associate mentors will involve the same process as for mentors. Matching mentors and associate mentors will be based on:
– the associate mentors’ area of specific interest
– areas of experience
– any expressed preferences.
The pairing of mentors and associate mentors will be done by the AES Mentoring Program Committee. Mentors and associate mentors will be consulted to confirm they are happy with the suggested matching.
The AES Group Mentoring Program Committee reviews the mentee nominations and selects mentees based on:
– mentee’s stated goals/expectations and alignment with their preferred mentor’s focus
– the diversity and alignment of personal and professional backgrounds within each group (to support peer learning).
Applicants who are not selected will be notified of the outcome and can reapply for future rounds.
Mentor expressions of interest open
25 February – 18 March 2022
Mentors selected and notified
21 March 2022
Mentee expressions of interest open to mentees
25 March – 8 April 2022
Mentees selected and notified
18 April 2022
Orientation session for mentees and mentors
27 April 2022
Early May 2022
Mentoring program ends
Evaluation activities will take place throughout the course of the 2022 program. Mentors, associate mentors and mentees will be expected to participate in evaluation activities throughout the course of and following completion of the mentorship program. This may include records of self-assessments, surveys, interviews and focus groups. Appointments for focus groups and interviews will be set up well in advance to encourage participation.
The AES Mentoring Program Committee encourages any suggestions and feedback on the program at any stage from all participants.
Following completion of the program evaluation, all participants will be invited to a presentation where findings, insights and future plans will be discussed.