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Mobilizing Indigenous STBBI Research Coordinator

CAAN Communities, Alliances and Networks (CAAN) is a national non-profit Indigenous organization dedicated to responding to HIV/AIDS, HCV, STBBI, TB and related mental health, aging, and comorbidities. Established in 1997, CAAN is a key voice for Indigenous People living with and/or affected by HIV and HCV. We deliver programming and engage in research with Indigenous peoples and communities across Canada and internationally. We are strategically positioned as a national voice for our membership with staff working from coast to coast, our head office is in Treaty Four territory, Fort Qu’Appelle SK, and our Eastern office is in Mi’kmaq territory in Dartmouth, NS.

Our initiatives are undertaken in service to Indigenous Peoples wherever they reside in what is known as Canada. As a membership driven organization, we prioritize the diverse needs of community members with living experience of HIV and/or HCV and work closely with local and provincial Indigenous organizations. CAAN’s mandate includes the provision of up-to-date information on HIV and HCV related issues, resources, programming, policy, and research. Our Research Unit was formalized in 2005 and we lead research initiatives with an emphasis on Community-based and Indigenous research frameworks.

Location: In office or remotely based on location, ideally in Halifax, NS
Employment type: Full time until August 31, 2023, with possibility of multi-year extension pending funding
Job Salary: $55,000 – $60,000/year + health benefits (based on experience)
Reporting to: CAAN Director of Research and Executive Management Team

The Mobilizing Indigenous STBBI Research Coordinator will be an essential part of mobilizing Indigenous Community-led STBBI Research to increase impact of the transferred knowledge and advance new knowledge in Indigenous communities and among Indigenous peoples. Specifically, this project will emphasize the development of journal articles for publication; media-based resources i.e., social media campaign(s), podcast series, and/or video; abstracts for Indigenous events in Canada and/or internationally; policy briefs related to health systems and policy resources regarding political action.

Incorporating culture in everything that we do, culture-based and arts-based approaches will be
identified to implement in workshops at Indigenous events and as additional tools to promote
our research findings. We anticipate that these project outcomes will provide good practices for
new and emerging researchers, community leaders, allied health professionals, policy makers
and funders.

Reporting regularly to the CAAN Director of Research and as needed to the CAAN Executive
Management Team, the Mobilizing Indigenous STBBI Research Coordinator is responsible for
carrying out the duties found within this job description. In support of the project and this
position, guidance will be provided by the Mobilizing Indigenous Community-led STBBI Research
to Increase Impact and Advance New Knowledge research team and CAAN collectively.

• Working closely with Indigenous Research Data coordinator to contribute towards enhancing CAAN’s capacity for mixed methods (qualitative/quantitative) reporting.
• Work with CAAN’s Elders-in-Residence and leadership Councils to prepare a plan for ongoing engagement in this project.
• Prepare a detailed project workplan and budget for 4 years outlining data analysis and Knowledge mobilization and transition activities.
• Prepare policy related to secondary data analysis of CAAN’s research projects to ensure compliance with ethical agreements already in place.
• Prepare at least one paper for publication, one policy brief and one media-based resource in the first year of this position.
• Provide and present research findings to internal or external teams which support cultural safety for Indigenous peoples and align with the values and polices of CAAN.
• Create Infographics/Data visualization processes and resources.
• Contribute to reporting to funding body to address conditions for grant continuation.

• Bachelor’s Degree with 4+ years relevant experience with Indigenous research is an asset.
• Possess a strong background, knowledge, and experience of Indigenous organizations, communities, and traditions.
• Strong research / analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize and analyze significant amounts of data and information.
• Experience working with Community Research Associates is an asset.
• Possess a superior level of computer literacy, especially Microsoft 365 suite of applications, and web-based applications including search engines and tools.
• Ability to be work independently and able to work on teams cross-functionally.
• Ability to organize, prioritize and follow through with important projects.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills for diverse audiences.
• Ability to problem-solve with a track record of producing results.
• Exceptional time management skills.

To apply: Email resume and cover letter in PDF format to , addressed to Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis, CEO. Include one personal reference and one former employer reference within your resume. No phone calls please; Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Based on the Section 16(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act CHRA Everyone is encouraged to
apply, however, Indigenous people with living experience of HIV will be given preference.

Application Deadline: October 7, 2022