What are the MultiPOD Mentoring Topics?

Mentoring and coaching share several characteristics, one of which is a “tailor made” approach to the individual needs of SYPs. Thus, depending on the requirements, plans and expectations of SYP and Mentor, the content, sequence and timing of the specific themes that they select from the mentoring menu can be adjusted or changed. Mentor and SYP are also free to use their own materials, develop a joint project, or just embark on a one-on-one exchange of ideas and reflections.


 The mentoring menu of MultiPOD addresses three main areas: professional development, technical knowledge, and personal growth. Please find below a suggested list of topics for discussion and the links to one example of individual modules for each of these areas.



1) Professional Development


  • How to find the best job for you

  • How to write a high-impact resumé

  • How to succeed in a critical job interview

  • How to write a quality technical or policy document

  • How to design a solid research project

  • How to prepare a competitive proposal for funding

  • How to evaluate an international project or program

  • How to give an attention-getting oral presentation

  • How to conduct a productive and dynamic meeting

  • How to advance your professional career

 2) Technical Knowledge 


  Technical issues and technical discussions depend on the areas of work and interests of  SYPs, including the subject matter of research initiatives, proposals for funding, documents for publication, or projects for field implementation prepared during the mentorship. Cross-fertilization with other technical areas and disciplines is strongly encouraged.


  Some areas explored and addressed with previous SYPs include: bovine tuberculosis in Tunisia; planetary debris; the many definitions of "Global Health"; equity and social determinants of health; quasi-experimental research; Muslim and Christian health services in Lebanon; financing of maternal and child health services in Colombia; managing a sex education program in the Amazonian jungle;  big hospitals and health monopolies in North Chicago; strengthening community health in northern Nigeria; the politics of health; interpreting epidemiological and socioeconomic data; how to make a city "resilient"; and many others.


  It is important to note that this is not an academic program on Global Health and that the diversity and richness of possible subjects for discussion preclude that Mentor and/or SYP be cognizant of all the selected themes. Therefore, SYPs are expected to do the necessary documentary and electronic research and share the results with the Mentor before the technical session. The main point of the discussion is that both SYP and Mentor use a critical and analytical approach to the information presented and discover together the questions that should be asked (and answered) to gain new knowledge. This sounds complicated but it is relatively easy and most rewarding.

 3) Personal Growth


  • “Know thyself” and know your environment

  • Communication: the effective use of language

  • Critical and analytical thinking

  • Fomenting change: attitude, knowledge, behavior, and practice

  • Diversity and intercultural sensibility

  • Leadership: understanding and managing power

  • Strategies for problem-solving

  • Priority setting, options analysis, and planning

  • Networking and internal and external relations

  • Rules of the game and group dynamics

  • Negotiation and conflict resolution

  • Balancing personal and professional demands

  • New and old ethical dilemmas

  • SYPs are encouraged to discover their own personality by taking the Briggs-Myers test at: https:www.16personalities.com


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