Tailor-Made Support


Our new Mentoring Programme aims to support individuals on their journey from learning to improved performance by partnering them with experienced humanitarians from the RedR Mentor Pool. 

The programme offers tailored support which may include learning support or help to implement changes. It will also enable individuals to understand what they want, and how they can achieve it. Each Mentor will offer their Mentee advice and share their experience, as well as encouraging the Mentee to apply their learning to their specific role and career, thus helping them to achieve their professional goals.

Both Mentors and Mentees will receive guidance on how to make the most of the Mentoring Programme.

To become a RedR Mentor, you will need to undertake a short training course, conducted over four days. The training will be hosted via an online platform, therefore you will be able to attend remotely from your current location. The training is free of charge to all Mentors. 

Please note: Participation in the programme is free of charge, for both Mentors and Mentees.

For me this mentoring relationship has provided a window to another world. I have found it enriching from both a technical and a personal point of view. It has enabled me to feel more confident when I go to the field. I would highly recommend this programme to anyone interested in humanitarianism.

Claudia Tizzoni

RedR Mentee

Why become a RedR Mentor?

  • Enhance your mentoring and leadership skills and further your professional development. 
  • Opportunity to help build the capacity of the humanitarian sector. 
  • Promote the growth and development of professionals working in humanitarian or development contexts.
  • Provide support to those with similar areas of work and interest 
  • A starting point for gaining experience, and an opportunity to be involved in further mentoring, coaching and other personal development schemes.  
  • Receive free high quality online mentor training

Our Mentors will be drawn from the RedR UK, RedR India and RedR Australia membership pools, alongside other skilled hum,anitarian workers and private sector partners. These are individuals who may currently work for a humanitarian organisation (in HQ or field settings), have worked for a humanitarian organisation or have particularly valuable and transferable private sector experience. Our minimum requirement for Mentors is that they have five years’ professional experience in a position of leadership, with at least two of these in a field that is transferable to the humanitarian and development sectors. Mentors must have an interest and understanding of humanitarian work. Many of our Mentors will exceed this experience.  

Why become a RedR Mentee?

  • Receive advice, encouragement and support from a Mentor around areas such as team management, negotiation and work/life balance.
  • Work through tactics to manage relationships with other people.
  • Make sense of feedback from others and decide how to deal with it.
  • Receive assistance in building your confidence.
  • The opportunity to share your challenges and brainstorm ways to overcome them with an independent counsel.
  • Obtain opportunities to network and gain visibility (access to senior management thinking).

There is no cost to becoming a RedR Mentee. The commitment is one hour per month for three to six months, either face-to-face, by phone or by Skype.

Mentees may be junior humanitarians, those looking to transition from the private sector to humanitarian response or those looking for greater support around leadership and management in the humanitarian sector. 

Our requirements for mentees is a minimum of three years' professional experience, alongside a demonstrated commitment to the humantiarian sector (for instance, through attending training courses, study, work experience or volunteering).

Mentees will be asked to specify which areas within the humanitarian field they wish to develop, and to identify issues they would like the mentoring support to focus on. Mentors and Mentees will be matched in accordance with the information provided.

Please note that due to overwhelming demand for the programme, we prioritise RedR Affiliates, those who have completed one of our training courses, or national staff members from disaster-affected countries.

How do I get involved?

Applications for RedR's mentoring programme are currently closed, and will reopen in early 2018. To be notified of the next mentoring window, please contact out mentoring team.

Meet the Mentee

Claudia Tizzoni spent several years working as an analyst for private sector energy companies - but she has always wanted to apply her skills and expertise to humanitarian work. Claudia joined RedR's Mentoring Programme and was matched with experienced aid worker Bertrand Ngama Gne-Kamba, whose support helped her obtain her first job in the field!

Meet the Mentee