Mwele Malecela Mentorship Programme for Women in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) 2023

Mwele Malecela Mentorship Programme for Women in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) 2023

Deadline: January 15, 2023

Applications for the Mwele Malecela Mentorship Programme for Women in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) 2023 are now open. The Mwele Malecela Mentorship (MMM) Programme for Women in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) supports mid-career African women to become leaders and champions in NTD elimination at national and international levels.

Using an innovative gender-intentional approach, the MMM programme’s objective is to increase the overall coverage, effectiveness and impact of NTD interventions by ensuring the support to enable women to overcome gender barriers in access to leadership while also acquiring skills and resources that enable them to be influential leaders and agents of change. The program is being implemented by a consortium of partners led by the WHO Regional Office for Africa.

The gender-intentional approach to the mentorship prioritises programmes that address the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that impede women’s advancement in leadership roles. In this regard, the Mwele Malecela Mentorship Programme is committed to selecting diverse cohort members representing different sectors (public, private, academia, NGO, philanthropy), disciplines, and cultural backgrounds. 

Programme Details

The programme will provide mentorship, training and networking opportunities over the course of two years. With the support of their partners, the MMM Programme will provide guidance and tools to ensure mentees and mentors get off to a strong start by understanding their roles and critical skills needed for an effective mentoring partnership; topics include trust building, giving & receiving feedback, and powerful conversation tools and techniques to help mentees and mentors take their learning “to the next level.”

Midpoint Sessions will also provide opportunities for mentees/mentors to assess their progress, share best practices and strengthen their commitment to the process. In addition, their Monthly Engagement Email Blasts, monthly emails for mentees and mentors, will help keep the partnership on track, spark conversation, and support partnership effectiveness. The time commitment expected of mentees to engage with their mentors during the two years will be, on average, 1-2 hours a month.


You are eligible for consideration if you meet all the following criteria:   

  • Identify as a woman;
  • Work in a role that focuses on Neglected Tropical Diseases, including public health policy, research or programme interventions at sub-national, national or international levels;
  • Possess 10 to 20 years of professional experience in public health, with at least 10 years specifically in Neglected Tropical Diseases;
  • Reside and work within the WHO Africa region;
  • Must be a national of a country in the WHO Africa Region.


The mentee selection process will take place in two stages:

  • Stage 1: Background information and CV 
  • Stage 2: Exploration of interests and mentee’s experience

The initial application period closes on January 15, 2023, by 11:59 pm (GMT+1). They will notify applicants if they have been selected to proceed to a more in-depth Round 2 selection process on January 30, 2023.

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For more information, visit MM Mentorship Programme.