We know the importance of mentors in achieving professional success and securing career input otherwise not easy to access. The Women in Aid & Development Mentoring Program is designed to match mentors with mentees and provide support and encouragement to women working in the sector or planning to work in the sector.

Mentoring is an ideal way for an experienced individual to support a less experienced colleague to develop goals and target skills that will build career strength through a series of confidential, one-on-one conversations and encouragement to undertake other learning activities.

The aim is to help shape a career that shows promise by learning from experienced and knowledgeable people who have walked in the same shoes and who are willing to guide the next generation of leaders and innovators.

Our mentoring program

Our mentoring program open to Women in Aid & Development Members working in the aid, development and humanitarian sectors or those studying a recognised international development course in Australia.

The program has three levels. Each level is designed to provide support for different stages of your career. The three levels were developed to match the most common requests of women in the sector and work with resources currently available to WiAD.

  1. Career advice: One meeting with a mentor to discuss your career. For example, you may wish to discuss career options and next steps in your career planning. This program is available to all members.
  2. Resume and interview advice: Two meetings with a mentor to discuss your career. For example, you may wish to discuss your resume content, interview technique, etc. This program is available to voting members.
  3. Full mentoring: One full year of mentoring, including up to 12 one-on-one meetings. Three full mentoring scholarships are offered annually and they are selected by a panel.

The number of full scholarships is limited at present while the program is established, and it will be expanded when more mentors are recruited to provide voluntary support.

Our mentoring program takes account of the needs of women in the sector and recognises that mentors and mentees may be located in Australia or overseas. Therefore, mentoring may be undertaken face-to-face, by telephone, or online.

As this program is supported by volunteers in the sector it may not always be possible to assign a mentor immediately, we will do our best and we ask for patience and understanding.

Becoming a mentor

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, we would love to talk to you – check out the mentor guide and email us. We’ll let you know when and how you can join our team.


Becoming a mentee

If you would like to become a mentee check out the guide and email us your interest and a little on your aims.