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Training of Trainers (ToT)-MENTORING On-site.

Project Description

Place of training: In the mission

Duration: 3 to 5 days (depending of learning objectives and expected outcomes discussed with the mission/project

Dates: To be agreed on between mission and SAMU during the request process

Nber of participants: 14 maximum

Language: English or French (according to mission context)

Application: To your local SAMU mission HIV/TB adviser (focal point) or the SAMU learning unit coordinator: olivier.bluteau@joburg.msf.org

Over the past several years the global trend for HIV programs has been a progressive shifting of the burden of HIV management away from the more central hospitals into the district hospitals and primary health care clinics. With this shift comes a growing need to increase the capacity and competence of staff to handle this.

In line with this strategic vision, “Light Approach” is increasingly becoming MSF’s strategic operational approach to engagement in HIV/TB projects. This consists of progressively transferring some elements of clinical HIV/TB care to MoH and keeping only specific roles of technical support to MoH staff. The provision of supervision and mentoring is frequently one of the key components of this light approach with a ‘dashboard’ of key indicators used to monitor improvements and identify key areas in need of extra support.

Thus, MSF staff are placed into a situation where they have to both “mentor” clinical staff in decentralised clinics and supervise activities and programme outcomes of the project. They often do not always feel adequately skilled to fulfil the dual roles of pedagogic and clinical/programme management responsibilities.

Furthermore, the concepts of mentoring, supervision andcoaching have become closely linked and are widely used within MSF but rarely under a common understanding.

This ToT-mentoring aims at addressing only the pedagogic/mentoring skills. HIV/TB clinical or programme supervision competencies can be addressed in other SAMU trainings or added to this one (depending of findings from the needs analysis).

The paradox is that such training activities are often the most powerful in terms of learning transfer and therefore can have the most rapid, significant and direct impact on MSF operations.

In close collaboration with OCB and OCG learning & development units, SAMU proposes to support field teams who are in charge of designing and implementing a mentoring programme in the field.

By proposing On-site ToT training:

  • We can offer a “tailor-made” training based on specific needs of the project/mission

  • We contribute to greater access to training opportunities (especially national employees)

  • We use the project context and field work as a learning place

  • We harness the provision of learning on-site in a project to maximise the transfer of theory to practice in the workplace

  • By doing this we speed up participant’s learning process

  • We use and build synergies from existing project and team dynamics

We sustain learning and good practices and increase opportunities for a positive impact for the project

Who can apply?

  • Currently this training is available to any projects/mission where mentoring represents a substantial part of the programme activities and support the achievement of its operational objectives.

  • It can be attached to a medical HIV/TB training implemented by SAMU in the mission or it can be a stand-alone training.

  • This is currently available in both English and French speaking projects/missions

  • All MSF staff (medical & para-medical) involved in mentoring activities, at programmatic and/or technical level:

    • Mentoring programme managers/supervisors

    • Medical doctors, clinical officers, nurses,

    • PSEC

    • Lab and pharmacy

This Training of Trainers (ToT), on the field, in order to:

  • Increase quality of MSF mentoring activities implemented by field teams

  • Strengthen MSF staff skills in mentoring, at programmatic level and as mentors

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Define learning and mentoring concepts and identify their guiding principles

  • Design and model a mentoring programme (programmatic conception)

  • Identify and apply techniques used by mentors to accompany/support their mentees

The training modules cover:

  • Adults learning: core principles

    • Training cycle

    • Activities and role of the trainer

    • Guiding principles for adult learning

    • Competency concept

  • Mentoring concept

    • Definition and guiding principles

    • Role and skills of a mentor

    • Mentoring vs supervision

  • Mentoring programmatic framework

    • Preconditions, success factors

    • Learning objectives

    • Tools

  • Mentoring technics

    • Building mentor/mentee relation

    • Active listening

    • feedback

Interactive methodology, case studies, role play, group and individual work.

We ask participants to bring their existing or future programme to implement which will be improved or developed during this ToT mentoring. Their mentoring experiences are also used as support for practical/role-play exercises.

The group as a peer-to-peer source of learning, and the presenters as learning facilitators are the core pillars of this approach.

After this ToT, participants can be supervised and accompanied in the implementation of the trainings that they designed and prepared.

Project Details

  • Date February 1, 2016
  • Tags On-site, Pedagogic, Training

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