Job Posting: Research Coordinator (RC) for the Sub-Saharan Women’s Education & Empowerment Project

Job opportunity: Research Coordinator (RC) for the Sub-Saharan Women’s Education & Empowerment Project with Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC (ACPNET)



Reporting to Dr. Nathan Lachowsky (me, Academic Co-Lead, UVIC) and Patience Magagula (Community Co-Lead, ACPNET), the Research Coordinator provides research-related support for numerous activities under development and being implemented for the Sub-Saharan Women’s Education & Empowerment project with Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC (ACPNET). As an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar at the University of Victoria, I have a vibrant and dynamic program of research focused on community-based health equity research. You would join our team, which focuses on empowerment of and social justice for marginalized communities such as immigrant and ethnoracialized people, Indigenous people, LGBTQ2+ people, and those living with and affected by HIV, Hep C, and STIs. We’re looking to support enthusiastic folks from the diverse communities that we work with. We believe that no research about these communities should be developed without the communities in question being involved every step of the way. “Nothing about us, without us”.

This project is funded by a Canadian Institutes for Health Research Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research Catalyst Grant.



Ideally the position will be based out of Surrey, British Columbia. If you would prefer to work in another part of the province, please indicate this on your cover letter.



The position is for up to 15 hours/week. Working hours are flexible in terms of days and timing,
but some evening and weekend hours will be required.


The initial contract will go from approximately November 1, 2019 until April 30, 2020 (six
months), with possibility of renewal.

Rate of pay

Hourly rate is $20-$24/hour depending on skills and experience.


Job description

Recognizing that no single person likely possesses all these skills and experience, the RA will provide support to the Sub-Saharan Women’s Education & Empowerment project with Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC (ACPNET) with the following tasks:

• Coordinate and organize consultation and data collection events such as women’s groups,
community townhalls, and weekend retreats (i.e., logistics of space, travel, equipment, supplies,
food, accommodations, technology);
• Act as a liaison between the project, the community partner organization (ACPNET), and the
academic organization (UVIC);
• Attend and take meeting minutes;
• Maintain an ordered filing system;
• Conduct literature reviews;
• Maintain study finances and paperwork, and support grant reporting;
• Create and write knowledge translation outputs for community and academic audiences;

Training and support can be provided in whichever areas are necessary.



Minimum requirements:
• Either relevant work experience or educational training (no degree is required)
• Passionate for social change to address health inequities for sub-Saharan African women’s
communities we work with;
• Understanding of and commitment to community-engaged research;
• Proven ability to work respectfully with community agencies as well as diverse community
• Ability to think critically and analytically;
• Strong attention to detail;
• Ability to exercise tact, discretion and safeguard confidentiality;
• Strong written and oral communication skills;
• Excellent organizational skills;
• Proficient with electronic technology (hardware, software), especially Microsoft software (i.e.,
Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
• Ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.

Preferred requirements:
• Speak and/or write Swahili and/or Arabic;
• Self-identify as a Sub-Saharan African woman – we encourage people to indicate this within
their cover letter;
• Experience working in a research environment


If you are interested in a position, please send a cover letter and your resume/curriculum vitae to Emma Stuart at [email protected] References are not needed at this stage. If you have questions, feel free to write to me at [email protected] or call at 1-250-472-5739. We will start reviewing applications October 15, 2019, but the posting will remain open until filled.