MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy is a leadership development programme for professionals from partner organizations of the MAVA, Fondation pour la Nature. It brings together two generations of leaders – senior and young professionals.
Building a strong conservation community has always been core to MAVA's approach. Leaders that can carry on and multiply efficient and innovative initiatives, long after MAVA's closing, are a key component of this community.
The Academy aims to develop leaders who can bring about positive change both within and across partner organizations to increase their sustainability and impact. It will run each year for four years until 2022.
The Academy is launched online. Participants will then experience the power of working together in person during two face-to-face events, as well as continuing the learning online and remaining connected throughout the Academy year.
"The most unexpected journey, to become the best version of yourself. Priceless training for a leader indeed!"
The approach is highly experiential – it will include exchanges with contributors from different sectors and visits to organizations to explore leadership in practice.
Each participant will have opportunities for individual personal development through:
The first part of the Academy will focus on Leading Beyond Authority. Senior and young professionals will work together online, and then participate in separate face-to-face elements that will explore Leading Beyond Authority in practice.
The second part of the Academy will bring all the participants together. They will be guided through a process of innovation to develop ideas to meet a compelling challenge facing the nature conservation sector.
Senior professionals and young professionals will be ‘matched’ with someone from a different organization by Mowgli Mentoring. The matched pairs will work together as mentor and mentee during the Academy year. The senior professionals will receive mentor training at the start of this process.
In order to help participants to reflect on what they have learnt from the Academy, we have included the following online modules:
The senior and young professionals will take part in separate versions of these modules relevant to their career stage.
"Effective leadership in the conservation sector is essential if we are to protect biodiversity for the benefit of people and nature. This investment in our partners will build capacity and capability, both for the individuals who take part and for their organizations. We have chosen to work with Common Purpose and Mowgli Mentoring as leaders in their respective fields.”
MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy is intended for senior and young professionals from all MAVA direct and sub-contracting partners, meaning any organization that receives directly or via sub-contracting funds from MAVA to implement their work.
One senior and one young professional must apply together as a ‘duo’ – they should be from the same organization. There can be more than one application per organization.
We are seeking highly motivated individuals who show commitment to bring about positive change, and who can demonstrate their leadership potential and/or capability.
Senior and young professionals do not need to be on the same team or have a direct management relationship. Applicants will also require:
This Academy will equip the participants to lead more effectively within and beyond their organizations. Participants will:
"I didn't know what to expect from mentoring only six months ago, but I'm very happy that I 'trusted the process', for it helped me detect and develop skills that are very necessary for my professional and personal development."
Applications for the next English Academy will be open in September 2019.
The main language of the Academy alternates each year, starting with English in 2018 and French in 2019. All materials will be available in English and French.
Grace Owen, Senior Programme Director (English speaking Academy)
Reem Assil, Senior Programme Manager (French speaking Academy)
What is the time commitment?
Online – four online modules totalling ten hours
Face-to-face – two four-day events
Mentoring – at least two hours per month
Coaching – senior professionals will have two, 90 minute coaching sessions
What is the cost?
MAVA, Fondation pour la Nature is making a significant investment in the leaders who join the Academy. Once accepted to join the Academy, each participant will be given a budget for travel and subsistence costs. These costs will be reimbursed when the expense procedure is completed accurately. If this budget is exceeded, participants will have to cover the additional costs.
Common Purpose is a leadership development organization that specializes in cross-boundary leadership. A not-for-profit, we run programmes in over 100 cities worldwide. Founded in 1989, we have over 80,000 alumni globally. Our leadership development programmes inspire and equip people to work across boundaries. This enables them to solve complex problems in organizations and in society.
Mowgli Mentoring is a not-for-profit organization which runs EMCC accredited mentoring programs across the Middle East, Africa and the UK. Through the delivery of over 100 mentoring programmes, over 1000 professionals have been trained to support entrepreneurs, corporate employees, women and youth across all sectors.
MAVA, Fondation pour la Nature
MAVA, Fondation pour la Nature is a family-led, Swiss-based philanthropic foundation with an exclusive focus on the conservation of biodiversity. MAVA is active in 4 programmes: Mediterranean Basin, Coastal West Africa, Sustainable Economy and Switzerland. With these programmes, it supports around 200 partners for a total annual budget of 70 million CHF. MAVA Foundation is implementing its last strategic cycle 2016-2022 meaning that it will phase out its funding to all partners by 2022.