Applications for WHO MENTOR-VIP Are Now Open

Applications for the sixth cycle of MENTOR-VIP are now open. This means individuals wishing to apply to be mentored during 2013-2014 may make their applications via our website (link given below) between now and May 10.

We would be grateful if you could circulate this to your networks.

MENTOR-VIP is designed to assist junior injury practitioners develop specific skills through structured collaboration with a more experienced person who has volunteered to act as a mentor. The programme provides a mechanism to match demand for technical guidance from some people with offers received from others to provide technical support.

Mentoring arrangements may take place in whatever language or languages the mentor and mentee are comfortable to communicate in. The majority of interaction between mentor and mentee takes place through low cost electronic communication such as email, internet-based telephony, or telephonic exchange.

In the first six years of function, MENTOR-VIP has established over 50 mentor mentee pairings. Each year we want the highest number of high quality applications possible, which will require active dissemination from all of us with respect to the programme and how to apply.

A general orientation of the programme is to initially target skills development needs among more junior injury practitioners in low- and middle-income countries. The skill categories targeted by MENTOR-VIP include:

1.      Planning and conducting research

2.      Evidence-based programme design and planning

3.      Programme implementation and management

4.      Programme monitoring and evaluation

5.      Policy analysis and development

6.      Imparting knowledge and skills

7.      Advocacy and communication

8.      Assuring funding support

Applicants indicate which categories of skills they would like to develop in providing their candidate profile, which is used to short list candidates. Short listed candidates are then requested to provide supplementary information which details the nature of their prospective collaboration with a mentor. The pool of mentors who have volunteered for the particular cycle next review this supplementary information as well as the candidate profiles and rank candidates according to their preference for mentoring them. Finally, the Core Group for MENTOR-VIP assigns mentorship pairings on the basis of the rankings.

I would be very grateful if you could take steps to ensure that information about MENTOR-VIP is distributed within your office and relevant country networks and that potential applicants to this programme are made aware in a timely fashion.

The main message for potential candidates is that applicants who wish to apply for one of the available positions must do so by the application deadline of May 10 through the capacity building section of WHO headquarter’s website for injury and violence prevention. You should also be aware that the WHO Regional Offices were specifically noted as an entry point where we could improve our efforts to disseminate information about this programme and point prospective applicants to our website. All of you have networks of CC’s in your region, technical experts, country office staff and academics who support your work who can assist in disseminating this information. I would be very grateful if you can give this some thought and leverage those networks.

All applications to the programme are made online and more detailed information is available at

If you have any questions, please contact Dr David Meddings, copied here, or myself.

Many thanks.

Best regards,

Chris Mikton

Applications for MENTOR-VIP now being accepted!

Do you work in the injury and violence field and want to improve your skills?

MENTOR-VIP is a global mentoring programme for injury and violence prevention developed by WHO and a global network of experts. Applications for mentees to be mentored during 2013-2014 are open on the website below until10 May, 2013.

To find out more, or to submit your application to be mentored please go to:

Dr David Meddings, FRCPC (C) MHSc
Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability 
Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
(+41 22) 791-2064
Phone (+41 22) 791-3798 (direct)
(+41 22) 791-4489


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