The AESHA project is an ongoing community-based research project with sex workers across diverse work street and indoor work environments. AESHA aims to evaluate the impact of policies, laws, structural and community-led interventions on sex workers’ safety, health and human rights. Since inception, the project includes a diverse and multi-lingual team with people with lived sex work experience represented across the project. The AESHA cohort involves ongoing follow-up interviews, visit with a sexual health research nurse, and daytime and latenight outreach to street and indoor/ in-call sex work settings. The AESHA qualitative team involves in-depth interviews and digital and arts-based approaches to understanding working conditions and lived experiences of sex workers of all genders. For more information and summary of AESHA results to date, visit: cgshe.ca.
Working with the AESHA cohort/qualitative projects and supervised by and reporting to the PIs, the Community Engagement Associate/Research Assistant operates as a member of a multidisciplinary, collaborative research team. The Community Engagement Associate/Research Assistant builds and maintains relationships with community and research partners and facilitates knowledge generation and translation activities (e.g., presentations, community and research meetings, policy reports, newsletters, research papers, arts-based and digital research).
Located in Vancouver, BC, CGSHE is a UBC/SFU-affiliated academic research centre housed at Providence Health Care (PHC) (www.cgshe.ca). The CGSHE has a strategic mandate of community-based research, policy and practice to reduce gender and sexual health inequities among marginalized populations in BC, Canada and globally. The CGSHE currently consists of over 80 staff, including academic and clinical researchers, graduate students, and frontline research staff, working out of our offices at St. Paul’s Hospital and our community-based research office in the Downtown Eastside. We work in a highly collaborative team and strive to hire members from diverse backgrounds and lived experience.
Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written.
Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict management / crisis resolution skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, while taking supervision and direction from coordinators.
Strong knowledge of community services related to sexual health, HIV and sex work.
Excellent time management skills.
Organized with meticulous attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
Demonstrates professional judgment when supporting participants and referring to appropriate services.
Knowledge and skills to work with diverse community collaborators, service providers and other stakeholders.
Flexibility in day and early evening hours to support knowledge exchange activities and qualitative data collection.
“We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, experience as a sex worker, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.”
Two years recent related experience and training in community-oriented research or service provision.
Understanding of community services and community supports and/or lived experience is an asset for this role.
Gender and social equity knowledge including experience working with marginalized populations (e.g. sex workers, women living with HIV, women who use drugs, Indigenous women, migrants and/or gender and sexual minority populations).
Builds and maintains community relationships with community-based organizations by identifying and arranging knowledge exchange activities to ensure that research findings reach community and other knowledge users (eg, policy, academic).
Develops, plans and organizes peer- and community-based knowledge exchange activities including presentations about research findings, news letters, research reports etc..
Plans and prepares for relevant community meetings, events, and presentations including:
Preparing an agenda and sending the agenda out to PI for feedback.
Coordinating with various staff to prepare meeting materials.
Distributes relevant minutes after meetings.
Provides updates on newsworthy items, requests for materials to be created or printed for knowledge exchange.
Prepares and presents qualitative and quantitative knowledge exchange materials (e.g., newsletters, reports, research papers) that are tailored to a variety of audiences (e.g. community, service providers, researchers).
Works with PIs and Coordinators to provide leadership for community advisory board meetings
Engages and builds networks with community stakeholders to promote the study
Supports the development and implementation of innovative approaches to knowledge generation and translation (e.g. digital and arts-based research approaches and knowledge translation activities)
Conducts literature reviews and assists in the development of proposals and associated documents.
Assists with training on media protocols as needed.
Performs other related duties as required.