Call for applications: Prevention mentors

Deadline: 9 March 2018

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The Prevention Collaborative is a new global initiative created to serve practitioners and social movements working to prevent violence against women (VAW) in the Global South.  We work to strengthen the ability of key actors to deliver cutting edge violence prevention programming informed by research-based evidence, practice-based learning and feminist principles. The Collaborative’s initial focus is on violence against women and children in the family, with an emphasis on intimate partner violence.  

As the core of our approach, is the Collaborative’s Technical Accompaniment Programme, which partners specially-trained “Prevention Mentors” with local groups seeking help to expand their work on violence against women. Prevention mentors provide long-term technical accompaniment to enable practitioners and movements to merge new ideas and evidence on violence prevention into their on-going programming and advocacy.  A typical “partnership” will last 1-2 years, with support provided through periodic visits, Skype calls, and facilitated strategy sessions.

Join us in this exciting endeavour!

Today the Collaborative is recruiting its first cadre of 20 to 25 prevention mentors.

We are looking to recruit individuals from the Global South and North with existing knowledge and experience on violence against women and violence prevention programming. Becoming a Prevention Mentor is a competitive process that will yield a number of important benefits. Successful candidates will:

  • Receive 6 days of free, specialist training on VAWG and strategies for providing effective accompaniment.
  • Become eligible to serve as a paid mentor in Collaborative-organized partnerships
  • Become part of a vibrant, supportive “Community of Practice” that will facilitate intellectually stimulating discussions, encourage mentor to mentor exchanges, build new skills, and expose members to cutting edge developments in research and practice
  • Meet face to face once a year in an annual training, learning and exchange meeting
  • Be credentialed as a Prevention Collaborative-prepared and endorsed mentor

What we are looking for

We will recruit individuals who already have the following essential knowledge, skills and experience on VAW and violence prevention programming:

  • 3+ years’ experience of VAW prevention and/or response programming in at least one geographical context.
  • Solid knowledge of the types, causes and consequences of VAW
  • Experience of programme design and/or implementation.
  • Experience of providing technical assistance or training.
  • Experience of working in international teams.
  • A commitment to the provision of TA informed by feminist analysis and values.

Beyond this, we are looking to include the following desirable knowledge, skills, and experience across the cadre of Mentors:

  • Expertise in particular approaches and interventions for violence prevention (e.g. community mobilization, working with men and boys, social norm change, social communications, economic empowerment, substance abuse, advocacy, policy reform, working with adolescents, working with couples)
  • Thematic expertise on addressing violence in other sectoral programmes (e.g. health, education, security and justice, economic development)
  • Working with specific groups (e.g. disabled people, adolescents, migrants/refugees, ethnic minorities, sex workers, couples, faith leaders)
  • Specific functional skills (e.g. developing log frames, monitoring and evaluation, proposal writing, feminist popular education, communications and advocacy etc.)
  • Geographical expertise in key countries of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Central and Latin America/Caribbean and the Middle East.
  • Language skills appropriate to these regions.

What we will offer

Once selected, all potential mentors will be offered an induction process and training to ensure they possess the following essential skills and competencies:

  • Understanding of VAW prevention science and current evidence on preventing violence against women, especially domestic violence against women.
  • Experience of the detailed process of VAW programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in low income countries, including some familiarity with humanitarian settings.
  • Skills in participatory, inclusive training and facilitation
  • Skills in giving technical advice and creating a learning partnership based on feminist values.

 

The Collaborative will cover the full costs of travel, accommodation, and visas necessary to attend the training.  Your time during the training will not be compensated as this is considered a professional development opportunity. This training will be conducted in English.  We hope to hold future trainings in other languages.

 

Working as a Prevention Mentor

Those individuals who successfully complete the training will be considered “provisional mentors” until such a time that they satisfactorily complete their first Technical Accompaniment (TA) assignment with a designated partner organisation.

Eligible mentors will be partnered with organizations requesting assistance, based on matching skills, availability, and experience working in similar settings. Individual terms of reference will be negotiated for each assignment, with input from the requesting organization, Collaborative staff, and the mentor.

In terms of remuneration, we will aim to achieve a balance between value for money and ensuring fair and appropriate pay for individuals based on their expertise, experience, previous fee rates, market conditions and living costs in their place of residence. We will apply a banding system and discuss this openly with each interested individual.

How to apply

Any qualified individual can apply to become a Prevention Mentor.  We are looking to recruit a first group of Prevention Mentors by end April 2018 and will conduct the induction and initial training June 4-10, 2018. Only applicants that are available to attend the June training should apply at this time. After this, we will accept mentor applications during an annual application window.

 

If you are interested in applying, please complete and send in an application form along with a letter of motivation (maximum 800 words), an up-to-date CV, two recent referees, and two examples of previous work (e.g. report or article) that you have authored (or been the primary author on).  Send your application to Hello@prevention-collaboration.org.