Please see below a job posting on behalf of PROJECT ACE (Please apply by September 30, 2022)
PROJECT ACE: Acceptance and Commitment to Empowerment (ACE) Intervention to Reduce HIV Stigma and Promoting Community Resilience Through Capacity Building
Community Research Liaison Coordinator Job Description
|Community Research Liaison Coordinator (across Six Study Sites)
|Project ACE (Toronto Metropolitan University
|JOB REPORTS TO
|Dr. Josephine P. Wong
|Contract position for 12 months with potential annual renewal x 2 years; 35 hours/week
|September / October 2022
|$30/hour plus 4% vacation in pay
DETAILS OF POSITION
Project ACE is a 4-year implementation research taking place in six cities in Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton) and Ontario (Ottawa, Niagara, Durham, London). The aim of this project is to reduce HIV related stigma affecting immigrants, refuges and other vulnerable populations. Using a collective empowerment and capacity building approach, this research will evaluate the effectiveness of the ACE Online training (6 weekly one modules and 6 weekly 1.5 hours Zoom group sessions).
The multidisciplinary team will collaborate with partners to: (1) conduct contextual assessment; (2) train service providers and community leaders on ACE at each project site; these trained SP/CL will form local 4-member teams to facilitate ACE training; (3) recruit community participants living with, affected by, or vulnerable to HIV to receive the online training; (4) develop a community-of-practice among trained ACE facilitators to enhance integration of stigma reduction in local programs/ services ; and (5) translate and disseminate research results widely to community stakeholders, researchers, and decision-makers.
The research coordinator will work in collaboration with and under the guidance of the Project ACE team. Responsibilities of the coordinator include but not limited to:
1. Project Coordination:
- Develop AB and ON research plans and timelines, and track the progress of the research.
- Ensure safe handling and storage of the research data.
- Liaise with community research collaborators and team members in Calgary, Edmonton, Durham, London, Niagara and Ottawa.
- Provide support to the steering committee, research team and advisory committees and coordinate project activities (meetings, workshops, presentations, adherence to project timelines, etc.).
- Organize and coordinate AB-ON project related meetings; record, maintain and distribute minutes of all meetings via Google Drive.
- Act as a liaison with team members and research personnel, and coordinate communication both within the project team and between the project team and other stakeholders.
- Work closely with site coordinators/RAs to support the activities of research assistants/associates and trainees.
- Process and respond to all project related information requests.
- Collect and maintain relevant documentation on all project administrative activities.
- Monitor and report on project budget.
- Work closely with community partners/collaborators to secure space for research activities.
- Provide coordination and logistic support during AB-ON and other relevant meetings and data collection.
- Compile integrated project progress reports (based on site-specific reports) and submit to Steering Committee.
2. Community Engagement
- Collaborate with site coordinators to establish working relationships with interested and relevant stakeholders in the six project cities
- Identify possible community partners, and collaborate with relevant stakeholders involved or interested in Project ACE.
- Promote and publicize Project ACE related activities to generate interest and support among relevant stakeholders, using appropriate methods and approaches
- Support the recruit community stakeholders to engage in the local advisory committee.
- Recruitment racialized immigrants/refugees vulnerable to HIV and related stigma to participate in research activities.
- Develop, organize, and coordinate KTE (knowledge translation and exchange) and capacity building activities.
- Where necessary, recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to assist with developing or implementing research, KTE, and capacity building initiatives
- Carry out other community engagement tasks as required.
3. Research Activities:
- Assist with designing and disseminating study materials, and implementing data collection tools and protocols.
- Prepare submissions to research ethics boards (REBs), and track REB deadlines and renewal requirements.
- Assist in publicizing the research, developing recruitment materials, and recruiting study participants.
- Coordinate the analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data.
- Conduct literature reviews.
- Prepare reports, fact sheets, briefs, manuscripts, abstracts and other publications.
- Work with research teams and community advisory committees to develop and implement targeted KTE activities.
- Mentor and coordinate peer recruiters and research assistants/associates;
- Coordinate all site specific research training, data collection, analysis and knowledge transfer activities as per project plan
- Carry out other research tasks as required.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Strong understanding of the evolving HIV epidemic in Alberta and Ontario, and the impact of HIV and related stigmas on affected and vulnerable communities.
- Familiarity with trends in HIV/AIDS social and behavioural research.
- Post-secondary education, or a combination of relevant education/training and at least 2 years of related experience in community-based HIV research with racialized communities.
- Excellent critical analytical skills; solid experience in community-based research using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
- Demonstrated ability to attend to details, including expertise in project management. Prior experience in project coordination is an asset.
- Excellent understanding of the effects of marginalization on health and strategies to promote health equity.
- Excellent understanding of anti-oppression, empowerment and capacity building frameworks.
- Excellent oral and writing skills, including the ability to prepare community research reports, manuscripts, presentations and lay language documents for public dissemination.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team setting
- Fully proficient with business software (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.), data management and analysis software, applications to manage references and bibliographies, and internet-based research tools.
- Ability to work with racialized peoples, including people living with HIV.
Since this project focuses on collective empowerment and resilience among racialized communities, applicants with lived experiences, diverse identities and relevant qualifications are encouraged.
Please submit a covering letter, resume and contact information via email by 5 p.m. September 30, 2022 to:
Dr. Josephine P. Wong
Note: When submitting your application, please use the subject heading “Application: Project ACE Community Liaison Research Coordinator” to ensure that your application receives consideration.
We thank all who are interested in applying for the position. Please note that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone inquiries please.