The objective of the Mentoring Programme is to help advance the students’ academic and professional goals in directions most desired by the individual and to serve as a stepping-stone for their careers. In particular, it is meant to provide students and recent graduates with guidance and advice, as well as adequate and tailored information on the types of career paths in the humanitarian field. Typically, mentors are graduates of the NOHA Joint Master's Programme and have at least five years of professional experience, including leadership responsibilities. They represent a broad range of career paths and experiences in the humanitarian sector, including general management and expert roles, as well as academic backgrounds in fields related to humanitarian action. This is an informal mentoring programme conducted outside of the scope of the NOHA Master's.

Are you wondering how to do it? We have prepared short Mentoring Guidelines which explain how to apply for a Mentor and what to do in order to take the most out of the Mentoring Programme as both a Mentor and a Mentee.

If you are a Mentor and would like to deepen your knowledge on how coaching & mentoring can be implemented in the humanitarian domain, check this online self-paced course.

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The benefits of being a mentor

  • The Mentoring Programme can be a great way to learn and develop your own skills set, important for your professional career: coaching and leadership, active listening, creative problem solving and giving feedback.
  • You will have access to a pool of talented and ambitious young students, a thriving learning community, will be up-to-date with current trends and motivations to enter the humanitarian sector which can strengthen your understanding of the field.
  • Your participation in the Programme will bring several generations of NOHAs together, extending your own network and enabling you to stay in touch with NOHA and your alma mater.

The benefits of being a mentee

  • Participating in the Mentoring Programme as a student is a unique chance to benefit from the experience of the NOHA Graduates. You will be able to discuss your career choices, interests and dilemmas with a more senior person and obtain valuable advice.
  • You will be exposed to networking opportunities and receive advice on how to strengthen your own professional networks. You will also receive a practical information which is complementary to subjects taught in classrooms.
  • Being a mentee is both an opportunity and a responsibility: be respectful, engaged and driven in order to get the most of the programme. Take initiative, be prepared for the meetings, don’t be afraid to ask for advice, see for yourself how big is the humanitarian world and how many opportunities are there for you.