09 February 2012

Promising New Idea: Aid Worker Peer Coaching

So, the team over at Why Dev are collaborating with Shana Johnson to establish a space for aid worker peer coaching. They have the idea worked out in theory, but are looking for feedback. As you all know, we do love our baseline and initial surveys before kicking off a project.

If you have not already, I would suggest taking a moment to head on over to complete the survey. Here is a description from the gang in their own words:
A peer coach is someone who is at a similar level to you in your organisation (or even in another organisation). He or she knows and/or understands your work context. While not trained as a coach, he or she is willing to coach you according to a simple (yet effective) peer coaching model. This involves actively listening without judgment, reflecting back what he/she is hearing, asking probing questions, and helping you generate concrete action steps to move you forward. 
Peer coaching is different than mentoring or advising. It is not based on the premise that your peer coach knows better or is more experienced than you. A peer coach’s job is not to give you advice or tell you what they think you should do. A peer coach’s role is to listen, to provide a sounding board, and help you find the answers yourself. 
Whether you are studying, beginning your career in aid and development, or a seasoned professional, it’s great to work one-on-one with a coach who can help you identify blind spots, gain clarity on your priorities, and help you design actions that will bring about desired changes.
Share your thoughts and complete the survey here