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Call for Interest: Mentors

Deadline date
20 May 2022
Start date
01 Jun 2022
Contact name
Gaynor Nel
Contact email address
6 months


The South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA), World Food Programme Southern Africa Regional Bureau in Johannesburg (WFP RBJ), United Nations Children’s Fund South Africa (UNICEF SA) and Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-AA) at the University of Witwatersrand, have partnered to develop a customised programme that provides Emerging Evaluators (EEs) with an opportunity to develop technical evaluation skills, through exposure to real-life evaluation work. The programme seeks to actively engage EEs in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) space, stimulate interest in the profession, and build the capacities of EEs to gain employable experience in M&E within South Africa and the Southern African region. The programme acknowledges the multi-disciplinary context of monitoring and evaluation and seeks to equip EEs with the necessary skills to build competencies within the discipline. By participating in this programme, selected EEs will be hosted by an organization with experienced monitoring and evaluation teams to support project-specific evaluation/monitoring interventions based on interest and need.


The Mentorship Programme forms part of the broader EE Programme. It seeks to support EEs to become skilled and dependable professionals that can confidently take up M&E roles in their communities and countries. The Mentorship Programme will identify experienced M&E practitioners that are interested in sharing their experience, expertise, and are able to conduct cohesive and productive relationships with emerging evaluators. As part of the programme the selected mentors will be matched with emerging evaluators for the duration of the programme. Further expansion of the mentorship programme, beyond EE’s in the work placement pathway, will be explored in 2022.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Mentor

  • Arrange online developmental activities with the consideration of choice, preference, and age-appropriateness with assigned mentee(s).
  • Be a positive role model and share ‘lessons learned’ drawing from personal and work-related experience.
  • Maintain a mentor and mentee work schedule and contact log for the full duration of the programme.
  • Remain accessible and committed for the full duration of the programme – 6 months
  • Schedule periodic online meetings with assigned mentees on weekdays, preferably during programme mentoring hours (8AM-5PM).
  • Support the mission, vision, and goals of the EE Programme.
  • Treat all mentees in a non-discriminatory manner.
  • Update the EE Programme Technical Working Group (TWG) about progress and/or challenges, as required.


  • The maximum tenure of this programme mentorship is for the equivalent of six months ONLY.
  • The frequency of meeting and communication will be agreed upon between the mentor and mentee and should be a minimum exchange of 1 hour a week over the course of the programme.

How to apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications on

Closing date

The closing date for all applications is the 20th of May 2022 and no late applications will be accepted. Only applications submitted on or before the 20 May will be considered for the current round of the mentorship programme. For any queries kindly send through an email to [email protected]

SAMEA is an equal opportunity employer and will not unfairly discriminate against anyone for any reason,

within the context of affirmative action legislation in South Africa.