HIV Self-Testing Peer Navigator

Position type: Part-Time (maximum of 20 hours per week) Temporary position, ending on June 30, 2021
Wage: $25 per hour
Location: Flexible within Canada
Language: English and/or French language skills (oral and written) are required. Fluency in one or more other languages spoken in the key risk communities is also considered an asset.
Schedule: Required to work a variety of shifts, including during the day, evenings and weekends; training will be provided.
Status: Open

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of sexual and gender minority populations through research and intervention development. Community-Based Research Centre’s (CBRC) core pillars – community-led research, knowledge exchange, network building, and leadership development – position the organization as a thought leader, transforming ideas into actions that make a difference in our communities. CBRC was incorporated in 1999 and is a non-profit charitable organization. Our main office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia; we also have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.

Description

The CIHR Centre for REACH 3.0 in collaboration with Women’s Health In Women’s Hands (WHIWH), Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African & Caribbean Network (CHABAC) and Community Based Research Centre (CBRC), is seeking Peer Navigators to provide support and education using a bilingual telehealth (online) platform to clients who will be accessing HIV self-testing and supports for linkages to care for PrEP or HIV care. This implementation science national program is funded by REACH 3.0 and is part of work underway with the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at Unity Health Toronto. This 1-year program aims to increase access to HIV self-testing to reach the undiagnosed (people living with HIV who are not yet diagnosed) and to support increased access to healthcare. Through the evaluation of this program we hope to show its effectiveness for clients in need of access to testing and care, and will also have secondary effects to reduce new HIV infections across the country, in alignment with the Government of Canada’s STBBI Framework for Action.

The Peer Navigators will work closely and in collaboration with the partner organizations to support diverse people who may have acquired HIV to access and undertake HIV self-testing by providing peer education and counseling; linkage to prevention, care and support; access to HIV self-test kits; and support to conduct HIV self-testing. The key risk populations are people who are African, Caribbean or Black and/or; gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer men; transgender women; non-binary or Two-Spirit people; Indigenous; or people who use/inject substances

This is an 8-months position starting November 1, 2020 and expecting to run until June 2021. This position will require someone who can accommodate flexible work hours as the work involved scheduled hours during the day, evening and weekend. It is intended that this work will be performed in a work-from-home/work-from-anywhere environment to better accommodate the need for a flexible work schedule.

Responsibilities

Working in collaboration with and under the guidance of the Project Coordinator and Project team, peer navigators will:

  • Provide virtual (online), phone, web-based and app peer counselling on HIV self-testing, and potentially in-person assistance depending on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions;
  • Inform and educate individuals and larger audiences about the value of HIV testing, getting linked to care, and prevention practices;
  • Assist with self-test performance as needed based on your assessment of client knowledge within defined parameters;
  • Provide education, resources, referrals and linkage to care for HIV prevention, treatment and care for participants;
  • Provide education, resources, referrals and linkage to care for sexually transmitted and blood borne infection (STBBI) prevention, treatment and care for participants;
  • Participate in regular training to support project activities;
  • Promotion of the project to key high-risk community members to increase awareness of HIV self-test;
  • Conduct and support data collection for research program, including consent protocols
  • Assist in administrative and logistic coordination of project activities and maintain confidential and accurate files;
  • Participate in community engagement and knowledge translation activities of project;
  • Attend and participate in structured debriefing sessions; and
  • Comply with the organization’s policies and procedures, including but not limited to maintaining confidentiality of participates and business operations.

Qualifications

  • Lived experience as a person living with HIV or a person with lived experience as a community member of a group at increased risk of acquiring HIV. We especially encourage applications from African, Caribbean or Black and/or; gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer men; transgender women; non-binary or Two-Spirit people; Indigenous; or people who use/inject substances;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the project team;
  • Familiarity with the use of email and internet-based programs for virtual peer navigation and data entry including video communication.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word is an asset;
  • Highly organized and have strong time management skills;
  • Experience working in community settings; background in using health promotion/community development approaches is an asset;
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, and experience working with marginalized populations;
  • Knowledge on HIV/AIDS and other sexual health issues is an asset;
  • Knowledge and/or experience of issues experienced by people at risk, affected or living with HIV is an asset;
  • Peer support and counseling skills or equivalent experience;
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-oppression, and anti-racism and empowerment principles and practices;
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to uphold confidentiality is essential for this position;
  • English and/or French language skills (oral and written) are required. Fluency in one or more other languages spoken in the key risk communities is also considered an asset.

Other qualities and skills

  • Strong emotional self-management skills:
    • Ability to keep your own feelings in check while helping someone else through theirs
    • Able to think creatively when assessing and analyzing problems
    • The ability to set firm boundaries and practice assertive communication
    • The ability to put your own person views aside
  • Able to draw upon your own personal lived experience in dealing with HIV, or in helping others in dealing with significant life issues;
  • Intuitive listener;
  • A compassionate person with the ability to treat others with dignity and respect;
  • An ability to engage people who have difficulty trusting others or revealing information about themselves;
  • Someone who enjoys working with a team and knows how to engage with others towards a common set of goals and objectives; and
  • A person who is comfortable working independently, but knows when to seek guidance and help as required.

How to apply

Please email your application to Chris Draenos, RN, National STBBI Testing and Linkage Implementation Manager, at chris.draenos@cbrc.net. All applicants are required to provide a cover letter and a resume.

This posting will remain open until all positions are filled. We are seeking to hire a total of 8 peer navigators.

CBRC believes in work led by and for community. As part of our commitment to employment equity, we encourage applications from queer, trans, and non-binary Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, Two-Spirit people, people living with HIV, people living with Hepatitis C, people with disabilities, gay and bisexual men, and other people with fabulous and diverse identities and experiences. We recognize that some applicants have experienced barriers to traditional educational and employment opportunities. We consider various combinations of education, employment, and volunteer experience and encourage applicants to highlight these experiences in their cover letter and resume.

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Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of gay men through research and intervention development. We are inclusive of bisexual and queer men (cis and trans) and Two Spirit people.
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