Position: Peer Coordinator
Status: Part time, 20 hours per week
Time Period: 1-year contract position
Remuneration: $25,000 over contract term plus competitive benefits package
Reporting to: Manager of Human Rights Project
Closing Date for Applications: Friday, March 29, 2019. Please submit your cover letter and CV to [email protected]
Summary of the position:
The Peer Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the Human Rights Project Manager in all aspects of the Human Rights Education Project (HREP) and will be the lead staff person responsible for developing and leading a process to ensure meaningful engagement of peers to ensure the project’s success.
This position reports to the Human Rights Project Manager and will be supported by and work in concert with a larger team that includes a human rights lawyer.
The location of this position is flexible (anywhere in BC) and working virtually from a home office is possible. Please note that this position does require travel throughout BC.
About The Pacific AIDS Network:
The Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) works collaboratively to build the capacity and skills of our member organizations and people with lived experience, to effectively address HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and related conditions. We provide workplace training, leadership development, and research and evaluation initiatives to support all regions in the province. We are a voice for our members, advocating for change in public perception and policies. We help organizations build stronger communities and leaders.
While HIV is the heart of our work historically, and people with HIV have an important role in our past and present directions, our work has progressively expanded as issues related to HIV emerged: hepatitis C and other health diagnoses, mental health, and substance use. Other issues that affect people’s access to care include safe housing, food security, poverty and in many cases basic human rights and dignity. These issues influence our work and we support the involvement of people with lived experience in our community-based response.
The Human Rights Education Project:
Funding for the Human Rights Education Project comes from the OERC/Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions (MMHA). It is a partnership between the Pacific AIDS Network and RISE Leadership.
The Human Rights Education Project is in aid of the province’s overdose prevention and response. The project will work to counteract stigma and discrimination and promote a human rights-based approach to the overdose emergency through the creation and delivery of interactive educational workshops on human rights for the Regional Response Teams and Community Action Teams (CATs). It will develop “train-the-trainer” model workshops on a human-rights-based approach to care and service for people who use drugs. Resource material for CATs and other service providers will be developed that provide tangible support for employing a human-rights-based approach to service and care in the context of the opioid emergency.
The overdose emergency response requires the input and perspectives of people who use drugs and the Human Rights Education Project will facilitate engagement processes with peers and people who use drugs designed to both provide human rights education and elicit contributions and feedback to guide programming.
A human-rights-based approach in the context of this public health emergency urges municipal governments, Indigenous partners, first responders, public safety, front-line community agencies, Divisions of Family Practice, people and families with lived experience and local provincial ministry offices providing housing, children and family, and poverty reduction services to:
- Recognize drug use as a health issue requiring evidence-based health care solutions;
- recognize that stigma against people who use drugs is correlated with negative health outcomes and death;
- Recognize that discriminatory obstacles to the provision of health services to people who use drugs violate human rights law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
- Recognize people who use drugs as key actors in their own health care;
- Employ strategies of empowerment;
- Focus on marginalized and high-risk groups with attention to the unique circumstances of Indigenous peoples;
- Monitor and evaluate both outcomes and processes using human rights standards.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide critical guidance and expertise/content knowledge for the project including workshop development, toolkit content, etc, as well as assisting with the development of project evaluation;
- Engages and supports peers to inform the project’s development and implementation, as well as project evaluation;
- Co-presents with the Project Manager to the CAT teams and Regional Response Teams;
- Provide on the ground support to peers attending trainingsincluding the management of honoraria;
- Works with the Human Rights Project Manager and the PAN Evaluation team to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan to assess and evaluate the activities of the project, and supports project reporting to the funder and other key stakeholders as required;
- Other duties, as required.
- Demonstrates competency in initiating conversations about the overdose crisis and human rights;
- Recent related experience working with individuals who are homeless, living with mental illness and/or substance use;
- Minimum of 2 years working as a contributing team member in a project;
- Experience with public speaking;
- Excellent time management, organizational skills and meeting deadlines;
- Good writing and communication skills;
- Ability to participate and lead group facilitation/education;
- Ability to travel throughout BC to deliver workshops;
- Experience in or understanding with the “Nothing About us, without us“ principles;
- Experience in event planning and production an asset;
- Experience or ability to work effectively in virtual environments is necessary (i.e. proficiency with email, conference-calling technology, web-based collaboration tools, etc.);
- Ability to determine priorities, be self-directed and work with minimal supervision; proven problem-solving abilities.
Police Information Check:
All prospective employees at PAN are required to complete a police information check- both a criminal and a vulnerable sector check- at the onset of their employment with PAN. This is done to protect vulnerable populations and not to criminalize prospective employees. In providing equal opportunity to people with lived experience PAN will look at this component individually and will not adhere to a blanket response if past charges are revealed.