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Research Coordinator

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Project

CAAN Communities, Alliances & Networks (CAAN) is looking to hire a Research Coordinator for the International Indigenous-led mobilization of the United Nations Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues and the WHO consolidated guidelines of sexual and reproductive health and rights of Indigenous Women and Girls: Leading an intersectoral response through community-driven self-determination project. The person in this position will gain experience working nationally across Canada and in an international context. There will be opportunities to contribute to a variety of roles related to research coordination.

CAAN provides a National forum for Indigenous Peoples to holistically address HIV and AIDS, HCV, STBBI, TB, Mental Health, and related co-morbidity issues; promotes a Social Determinants of Health framework through advocacy; and provides accurate and up to date resources on these issues in a culturally relevant manner for Indigenous Peoples wherever they reside. As a membership driven organization, we prioritize the diverse needs of Indigenous people with living experience of HIV and HCV. As a national network, we also work closely with local and provincial Indigenous organizations and our national partners.

Project Summary:
The project’s objective is to develop training and policy-related materials related to SRHR for Indigenous Womxn (those who self-identify as a woman or girl, inclusive of cis Womxn, trans Womxn, Two-Spirit, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer, and non-binary people) that are relevant at both the global and local level.

We will achieve this objective by establishing evidence-based global SRHR metrics using an Indigenous community-based research framework. The primary activities for this project will include a scoping review of literature in English and Spanish; in-country Focus Group Discussions and surveys; local, country-specific, and international analysis; and integrated knowledge translation at all levels. In doing so, we will build capacity among Indigenous Womxn and allied supporters, including self-identified Indigenous men and boys (inclusive of cis, trans, two-spirit, non-binary people) to be change agents for Indigenous Womxn’s SRHR.
The project is co-led by an international team representing community organizations, researchers, and people with living experiences with HIV. It includes Nigeria, Guatemala, Nepal, India, New Zealand, Peru, and Canada.
Work Location: This is a flexible/remote position, located anywhere in Canada. National and international travel is required.

This is a full-time position (ending March 31, 2026)
Reporting relationships: This position will report to the Director of Research with support from the project lead and liaise with the Global Research Project Manager.

Position Highlights: Do you have strong research process experience and project management skills? Bringing these skills and your strong understanding of ethical standards in conducting Indigenous research will make you an ideal candidate for this role.

Assist with the study-related research activities through the completion of the following tasks:
• Conduct a scoping review of Indigenous SRHR literature at global level with emphasis on the context in Canada
• Implement all aspects of data collection and source documentation for the study to ensure the quality and integrity of data.
• Assist with the hiring of community research assistants (CRAs) with living experience with HIV to assist in all research-related tasks
• Facilitate ongoing communication among researchers, the Canadian team, and the Global Research Manager
• Maintain an awareness of new developments and trends in Indigenous SRHR and HIV
• Assist in the development of data gathering tools for focus group discussions (FGDs), surveys and participation in traditional land-based activities
• Support in the recruitment and screening of study participants, and obtaining informed consent
• Conduct surveys and FGDs in different areas of Canada in collaboration with local Indigenous communities; participate in outreach events in each community as needed. • Process/analyze data gathered • Support data analysis, including thematic analysis of qualitative data and quantitative survey results in collaboration with CRAs and team members both in Canada and internationally.
• Support knowledge dissemination activities through the co-creation of research presentations and posters, project summaries, report writing, manuscripts for publication, and other KT products (i.e., toolkits).

Education and Experience:
Post-secondary education in Indigenous studies, gender studies, public health, social determinants of health, international development, or another relevant area of practice with a preference for applicants with a graduate degree. An equivalent combination of education, leadership and/or research training and experience will also be highly sought after and considered.

The ideal candidate will possess the following experience:
• Familiar with HIV- and SRHR-specific terminology
• Experience working with Indigenous people at a community and political level, including community engagement and community/organizational development.
• Minimum of 2 years of recent, related research experience, including project management working with multi-disciplinary research items.
• A proven track record of line and task managing teams and projects.
• A proven ability to work with diverse populations and manage stakeholder and project dynamics.
• Demonstrated competency in cultural safety and awareness through community engagement, knowledge development, and ongoing capacity building.
• Willingness to learn context-based protocols.
• Excellent writing and reporting skills.
• Proficient in English an asset to communicate in French and/or Spanish

Preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous and those with living experience of HIV and/or HCV

Deadline: Open until October 14, 2022.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please

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