WHO has undertaken a wide consultative process that has led to the formation of the MENTOR-VIP programme. Through this process a number of key principles were established which have implications for the programme structure and objectives. These principles are:
- Structuring MENTOR-VIP around an individual to individual form of mentoring
- Twelve month mentoring arrangements and pilot testing over two years
- Targeting more junior injury practitioners from low- and middle-income settings
- Structuring mentoring arrangements on low cost forms of interaction
- Clarity and a common understanding among programme participants
The general objective of MENTOR-VIP is:
To improve human resource capacity to effectively prevent and control injury and violence through the enhanced development of relevant skills.
This is a long-term result to which MENTOR-VIP will have contributed. Specific objectives are:
- Matching and ensuring at least 100 mentor and mentee pairs complete mentorships over the first 5 years of the programme.
- Maintaining the proportion of mentoring pairs who do not conclude the mentoring arrangement at less than 5% during any given year.
- Ensure within the first 5 years of the programme that selected mentees come from all 6 of WHO's regions and that mentors come from at least 4 of these regions.
- Complete an evaluation of the pilot phase of the programme within the first 3 years.
- Ascertain on the basis of objective criteria that at least 20 mentees have made substantive contributions to injury and violence prevention within the first 5 years of the programme.
Further elaboration on the principles and objectives of MENTOR-VIP may be found in the MENTOR-VIP programme document.
The central purpose of MENTOR-VIP is to facilitate the development of key skills among mentees. A categorization of the skills for injury prevention and control has been developed in order to provide a common terminology and understanding of the relevant skills categories. Candidates who make application for a mentorship should refer to this categorization and use it to reflect on their skill building needs and capabilities. The categorization provides a common understanding of how these categories are considered within the context of MENTOR-VIP and will assist with appropriate matching of mentees and mentors.