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WomenAdvance: Chemical Security

**Call for Mentors**

CRDF Global’s Program to Advance Women’s Leadership in Chemical Security (WomenAdvance: Chemical Security), supported by Global Affairs Canada as part of its continued championing of gender equality and women’s empowerment around the globe, is looking to find interested candidates to serve as mentors to provide remote support, guidance and mentoring to one or multiple of our program participants in Iraq. The primary goal of WomenAdvance: Chemical Security is to provide professional enhancement opportunities for Iraqi women whose current roles entail some form of responsibility for chemical security or management working in chemical industry, government or academia, in order to advance women’s leadership and expertise in chemical security topics. CRDF Global will work with interested candidates to develop communication plans and connect selected mentors and participants. The culmination of this four-month mentorship program will be a capstone project, presentation or proposal presented to CRDF Global as developed by the participant under guidance from their mentor. 


  • Opportunity to serve as a mentor for one or more early, mid, or senior-level career women in Iraq working on advancing chemical security;  
  • Establish a working relationship with an Iraqi counterpart; 
  • Provide professional development and guidance to women working in chemical security; 
  • Expand your capabilities for leadership, mentorship, and cross-cultural communication. 

Professional Requirements:

  • Ability and willingness to commit to a four-month period of remote mentorship (approximately April – July 2020); 
  • Ability and willingness to submit monthly reports to CRDF Global to update on mentorship progress; 
  • Ability and willingness to potentially host a WomenAdvance participant at your institution for an in-person meeting; 
  • Arabic language fluency desirable, but not required; 
  • Experience working in CBRNE nonproliferation space or on chemical security topics preferred, but not required. 

About the Program

The 2019 Program to Advance Women’s Leadership in Chemical Security (WomenAdvance: Chemical Security) will equip women in Iraq with knowledge, tools, and experience they need to be successful leading chemical security and nonproliferation experts within their respective fields. Through program options including regional fellowships, professional development, and mentorship, selected women will receive the opportunity to work with and learn from influential global experts in their sector who have contributed to advancing chemical security.

Duration: April - July 2020

About the Mentees

Our mentees are mid to senior-level professionals from Iraq who work in the following fields:





  • Government ministries (various)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Environment, Health, Safety, Security (EHSS)
  • Think tanks and research institutions
  • International organizations
  • First responders
  • Chemical, petrochemical, or agricultural industry
  • University chemistry/ engineering departments
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Toxicology
  • Private sector
  • Analytical laboratories

Program Background 

This program is supported by Global Affairs Canada and is implemented jointly by the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS) and CRDF Global. The program aims to promote and support the leadership of women in chemical security and nonproliferation while contributing to the Republic of Iraq’s ability to prevent and respond to threats caused by the misuse of chemicals.*

Interested candidates should send a CV, any questions and a brief statement of interest to