Job Posting: Peer Research Associate for Women Under Surveillance Project

The community-based research project Women Under Surveilllance: Mapping Criminalization’s Creep into the Health and Social Care of Women Living with HIV is hiring 4 peer research associates — 1 in British Columbia, 1 in Saskatchewan and 2 in Ontario, one in Toronto and one in Thunder Bay.

JOB DEFINITION: PRAs are women living with HIV who are hired and trained as researchers, who have experiences and identities in common with the study participants who will be recruited as part of the research project.

JOB TYPE: Part-time from September 2015 to March 2018


Using a qualitative, arts-based approach that is grounded in community-based research principles, the Women Under Surveillance project aims to learn about how the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and the assumptions underlying it affect the lives of women living with HIV across Canada, including their interactions with health and social service providers and other significant relationships. We will learn about the level of knowledge and understanding women living with HIV have of the current criminal law obligations to disclose HIV-positive status in Canada, as well as how women’s perceptions of the consequences of HIV non-disclosure impact their lives through Body Mapping Workshops across Canada.


PRAs will be hired in each of the study provinces (British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario) to work a certain number of days each year of the project (approximately 20 days per year for 3 years) based on the number of training, planning, recruitment, Body Mapping Workshop and follow-up analysis days. All PRAs will complete a multi-phase orientation to the project and will primarily be responsible for planning and organizing the Body Mapping Workshop(s) in their province. PRAs will also support and offer a community perspective on recruitment, implementation, data analysis, and knowledge translation activities following the Body Mapping Workshops, in addition to participating in research team meetings throughout the duration of the project.

Women living with HIV from traditionally marginalized or silenced communities are strongly encouraged to apply, including racialized and Indigenous women; lesbian, bi, and transgender women; women engaged in sex work; and other women from groups who have been historically under-represented in health research.

Women living with HIV with an academic or personal interest in issues related to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure are also encouraged to apply.

The PRA from BC will be linked with the research team of the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health cohort study (CHIWOS).