The IAS Mentorship Programme (IASMP) Receiving Applications

IAS Mentorship Programme
IAS – the International AIDS Society – strives to cultivate the next generation of HIV professionals and support their professional development by creating opportunities to interact with well-established professionals in the field. The IAS Mentorship Programme (IASMP) aims to effectively engage young people and helping develop the next generation of policymakers and clinicians, peer navigators and patients, researchers and community advocates.

The purpose of the IASMP, an initiative of the IAS Educational Fund, is to enhance the exchange of knowledge and build relationships, which foster personal and professional development between younger IAS Members and established members to empower the next generation of HIV professionals and create the leaders of the future in the HIV response. It will provide a forum for experienced and younger members to develop an ongoing relationship by meeting regularly and discussing matters relating to the HIV field within an organized and supportive framework.

The IAS Mentorship Programme is free of charge, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 programme will be fully virtual. The programme will take place from April to September 2021 (six months of total duration).

The IAS Mentorship Programme aims to:

Preserve and transfer accumulated knowledge within the HIV community
Provide younger members with skills needed to achieve their potential and contribute to their career development
Connect younger members in the HIV field with highly experienced members (mentors) as a platform for professional exchange and mutual learning
Help younger members to create their professional network within the IAS membership and the HIV community
Support life-long learning and knowledge sharing.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The programme participants, mentors and mentees, should preferably be IAS Members, but this is not an absolute requirement. At least five spaces both for mentors and mentees will be allocated to IAS Members.

MENTEES

Mentees should meet the following requirements:

Be a student, recent graduate or young professional with less than three years of working experience in the HIV field
Be between 18 and 35 years old throughout the programme duration
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language
Have online access with good internet connection and bandwidth
Time to commit to approximately 15 hours over the course of six months (two hours and 30 minutes on average per month).

MENTORS

Mentors should meet the following requirements:

Extensive and relevant experience in the HIV field
Excellent communication skills, particularly listening
Desire to contribute to the future of the HIV profession
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language
Have online access with good internet connection and bandwidth
Time to commit to approximately nine hours over the course of six months (90 minutes on average per month).
For 2021, 10 mentors and 10 mentees (two per region: Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States and Canada; a minimum five spots both for mentors and mentees will be allocated to IAS Members) will be selected for the IAS Mentorship Programme.

BENEFITS

There are many mutual benefits of participating in a mentoring programme for the mentor and mentee, including but not limited to:

MENTEES

Develop new skills and training to contribute to their career development
Build a professional network and connect already at an early stage of their career with professionals in the HIV field
Create a long-lasting relationship with the mentor
Get career advice to manage needs and expectations
Receive support and guidance to achieve career goals
Registration to IAS 2021, including a two-year IAS membership.

MENTORS

Contribute to the future of development of the HIV field and HIV professionals
Transfer skills and knowledge
Create a long-lasting relationship
Expand professional networks
Recognition of skills, knowledge and commitment to the profession
Provide mentors with increased professional identity and visibility
Registration to IAS 2021, including a two-year IAS membership.

DATES

The mentorship programme will be focused on one-on-one mentoring but will also provide various skills development opportunities through various Virtual Learning Events and space for discussion during Mentoring Circles and teambuilding activities.

It is anticipated that the mentorship programme will provide mentees with opportunities to develop new skills and training to contribute to their career development, as well as to build a professional network and connect already at an early stage of their career with professionals in the HIV field. Through this programme mentors will be able to contribute to the future of development of the HIV field and HIV professionals, transfer skills and knowledge, as well as increase their professional identity and visibility. We hope that this programme will contribute to create a long-lasting relationship between the mentor and mentee, possibly beyond the programme duration.

Key dates
5 February 2021: Call for applications for mentors and mentees

26 February 2021: Mentors and mentees application deadline

Mid-March 2021: Selection and notifications of programme participants

Late March 2021: Training for mentors and mentees

1 April 2021: Start of the IAS Mentorship Programme

April-May 2021: Kick-off meeting, first one-on-one meetings between mentors and mentees

June 2021: Progress review workshop

18-21 July 2021: Participation in the virtual 11th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2021)

September 2021: Closing programme workshop

From April to September 2021, mentees will be participating in several Virtual Learning Events and Mentoring Circles of their choice.

APPLICATION LINK: https://www.iasociety.org/IAS-Educational-Fund/IAS-Mentorship-Programme

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