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Sexual Health Research Nurse

STARTING WAGE: $35.27/hr

STATUS: Temporary Casual


SUMMARY OF ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

JOB SUMMARY

The Sexual Health Research Nurse is responsible for implementation and execution of all clinical research activities related to two research projects (AESHA & SHAWNA), including pre/post-test counseling, testing, and treatment follow-up for HIV, STIs, and HCV, treatment, and sexual health education, follow up and outreach with marginalized cis and trans women sex workers and individuals living with HIV.

The Sexual Health Research Nurse is supervised by the AESHA and SHAWNA Project Coordinators and reports to the Principal Investigators.

ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS

Located in Vancouver, BC, the Centre for Gender and Sexual Equity (CGSHE) is a UBC and SFU-affiliated academic research centre housed at Providence Health Care (www.cgshe.ca). The CGSHE has a strategic mandate of leadership in promoting gender equity and sexual health equity through in BC, Canada and globally. The CGSHE currently consists of over 100 staff and faculty, including academic and clinical researchers, graduate students, and frontline research staff, working out of our CGSHE administrative offices and our community/clinical research hub in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. We work in a highly collaborative team and strive to hire members from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences.

WORK PERFORMED

  1. Implements all clinical study procedures in accordance with research protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs) (must be well versed in study protocol), under supervision of the Project Coordinators.
  2. Performs HIV and STI pre and post-test counseling and testing, including point-of-care testing and where needed, venipuncture (HIV confirmatory testing and monitoring, syphilis and HCV, HSV-2) and obtains self-collected swabs/urine samples for STI testing from participants
  3. Provides education, support and referral to health and support services for research participants, including follow-up linkages and accompaniment as needed
  4. Implements follow-up procedures and/or treatment plans (e.g. STIs), working with BCCDC STI and our study physician
  5. Obtains and documents informed consent, including screening prospective participants, as per Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  6. Follows clinical research training protocols
  7. Maintains a filing system and appropriate record keeping (e.g., clinical research charts)
  8. Collects clinical documentation as required, in consultation with participants (e.g., ROIs)
  9. Maintains inventory of clinical supplies and materials, as needed
  10. Implements data specimen transfer and laboratory procedures and treatments, as needed
  11. Travels to other locations for outreach and interviews, including community clinics, workspaces and housing programs across Metro Vancouver
  12. Conducts follow-up outreach (by van/on foot) and by phone to follow-up on test results, treatment and linkage to care, as needed
  13. Maintains connections with other health and social service providers as necessary (i.e. Housing providers, HIV providers, general practitioners) to support referrals & follow-up
  14. Maintains strict confidentiality related to participant identification and research data
  15. Keeps Project Coordinators informed of any study related problems or trends related to clinical research activities
  16. Other duties as appropriate

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

The Sexual Health Research Nurse is supervised by and reports to the Project Coordinator.

SUPERVISION GIVEN

This position does not include supervision of other staff.

CONSEQUENCES OF ERROR/JUDGEMENT

This position entails a high level of confidentiality and discretion. Failure to maintain information in confidence could result in damage to credibility and poor relations with internal and external stakeholders. Implications of decisions or advice may result in restricted operations and legal

and/or financial liability. Poor judgment or failure to act in a professional, tactful manner will have an adverse effect on the image of the CGSHE. Poor public/private sector relationships could result in a negative image of CGSHE and may impact levels of research funding made available through partnerships. Errors could result in significant concerns regarding the liability, credibility, and integrity of the Centre, PHC/PHCRI, and the University.

QUALIFICATIONS

Registered Nurse with CRNBC required. STI Management Certification, HIV Pre/Post Test Counselling certificate and experience with venipuncture preferred. Minimum one year experience preferred. Experience in community-based research or healthcare settings with marginalized communities preferred.  Experience with, and knowledge about, sexual health with marginalized populations we work with, such as homeless women, sex workers, people living with HIV, gender diverse communities preferred. Working knowledge of research methodology and design and medical ethics. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to make thoughtful, informed and thorough decisions. Ability to exercise sound judgment. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Ability to work in in a multidisciplinary team environment, including community-based and staff with lived experience. Knowledge and skills to work with diverse community collaborators, service providers and stakeholders. Lived experience an asset. Class 5 BC Driver’s License is an asset.

We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, experience as a sex worker, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

If interested, please submit a copy of your cover letter and CV to HR@cgshe.ubc.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

PhD or Post-Doctoral Fellow in Spatial/Social Geographic Research on Marginalized Women's Health and Human Rights

SUMMARY

We are currently recruiting for a PhD or Postdoctoral trainee to join our research team at the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE), the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Faculty of Health Sciences and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Medicine. We are seeking someone with expertise and interests in social and spatial epidemiology to support spatial research with the following ongoing projects:

  • An Evaluation of Sex Workers’ Health Access (AESHA); PI: Dr. Shira Goldenberg). AESHA is a longstanding U.S. NIH and CIHR-funded community-based cohort study examining the impacts of currently unfolding structural and system-level interventions (e.g., community empowerment, policing, peer-led HIV/STI testing) on sexual health inequities and access to care among women sex workers in Metro Vancouver, BC.
  • Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS: Longitudinal Women’s Needs Assessment (SHAWNA) Project; PI: Dr. Kathleen Deering). SHAWNA is a CIHR-funded community-based cohort study that examines the interpersonal, social and structural factors shaping women’s HIV outcomes and experiencing navigating care through their lifetime.
  • There are also potential opportunities to support broader spatial work with other community-based research studies at the CGSHE (e.g., im/migrant women).

We are seeking applicants with either a Master’s (for PhD applicants) or PhD (for Postdoctoral applicants) in public health, geography, health sciences, or a related discipline. Those with intermediate or advanced skills and interests in social epidemiology and spatial methods in health research (i.e., using ArcGIS) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Ample opportunities for professional development, mentorship, academic and research leadership, publication, and applied knowledge translation will be provided through the CGSHE’s cutting edge trainee program, as well as through the interdisciplinary training environment in the SFU Faculty of Health Sciences and at multiple departments at UBC (e.g., School of Population and Public Health; Interdisciplinary Studies). This opportunity involves being part of a tight-knit team of interdisciplinary faculty, trainees and staff working in the areas of health equity, community-based research, social epidemiology, qualitative methods, and social justice research with sex workers, women living with HIV, im/migrant communities, and other marginalized populations.

ORGANIZATION

Located in Vancouver, BC, CGSHE is a University of British Columbia/Simon Fraser University-affiliated academic research centre housed at Providence Health Care (PHC) (www.cgshe.ca). The CGSHE has a strategic mandate of community-based research, policy and practice to reduce gender and sexual health inequities among marginalized populations in BC, Canada and globally. The CGSHE currently consists of over 100 staff, including academic and clinical researchers, graduate students, and frontline research staff, working out of our offices at St. Paul’s Hospital and our community-based research office in the Downtown Eastside. We work in a highly collaborative team and strive to hire members from diverse backgrounds and lived experience. The Simon Fraser University Faculty of Health Sciences is offers some of Canada’s most comprehensive and integrated programs and has a strong reputation for producing world-class innovative research. This interdisciplinary faculty and its educational programmes strive to improve the health of individuals and populations, partnering with local, national and global communities to further our goals: social justice and health equity for all.

FUNDING

PhD and postdoctoral trainees will be expected to apply for internal and external salary awards (e.g., Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research). Funding is dependent on awards secured. For PhD trainees, this generally involves a minimum funding package of $21,000 CAD/year, which may be based on a variety of sources (e.g., Graduate Fellowships, TA-ships, or other types of awards). Salaries for postdocs start at $50,000 CAD plus benefits and four weeks’ vacation. Applicants are expected to be competitive to and apply for external salary awards (e.g., Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research). Highly competitive trainees may be offered the option of additional support in the form of CGSHE top-up award.

If interested, please email the following documents to Drs. Shira Goldenberg & Kathleen Deering (dr.goldenberg@cgshe.ubc.ca; kathleen.deering@cgshe.ubc.ca):

  • a one-page statement of academic/research interests
  • academic CV
  • contact information for three academic references
  • academic transcripts for the most recent degree completed/in progress

Deadline: Applications will start being reviewed December 1, 2020 until position is filled.

Note: Applications received without a cover letter will NOT be considered. Only candidates that are selected for an interview will be contacted. The CGSHE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to GIPA/MEPA principles.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups with lived experience and/or that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Community Health Associate - AESHA Project (Multilingual Outreach)

STARTING WAGE: $25 – $27/hour

STATUS: Temporary part-time, 2-3 days per week


SUMMARY OF ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to and supervised by the Project Coordinator and with day-to-day supervision by the Sexual Health Research Nurse and working with a community-based research project with cis and trans women sex workers, the Community Health Associate (CHA) operates as a member of a diverse multidisciplinary and collaborative research team. The CHA recruits and prescreens potential participants (sex workers), conducts structured interviews; and supports point-of-care testing and self-specimen collection for HIV and STIs (swab or urine samples) and outreach activities connecting people with community services and supports. The CHA role works with the longstanding AESHA (An Evaluation of Sex Workers Health Access) project at the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE) and operates out of the CGSHE community-based field research office in downtown Vancouver.

ORGANIZATION

Located in Vancouver, BC, CGSHE is a UBC/SFU-affiliated academic research centre housed at Providence Health Care (PHC) (www.cgshe.ca). The CGSHE has a strategic mandate of community-based research, policy and practice to reduce gender and sexual health inequities among marginalized populations in BC, Canada and globally. The CGSHE currently consists of over 80 staff, including academic and clinical researchers, graduate students, and frontline research staff, working out of our administrative and community-based research offices in Vancouver. We work in a highly collaborative team and strive to hire members from diverse backgrounds and lived experience.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Recruits potential participants, provides information and answers questions about research studies.
  2. Prescreens potential research subjects and conducts informed consent in person according to study protocols and enrolls eligible participants.
  3. Conducts quantitative structured interviews with eligible participants and performs outreach for follow up interviews.
  4. Conducts and processes specimen collection of HIV and STIs: both processing of self-collected swabs or urine-samples, under the direction and supervision of the STI-certified Sexual Health Research Nurse.
  5. Refers all positive or reactive results directly to the Sexual Health Research Nurse who oversees any follow-up testing, reporting of results, and treatment follow-up with the study physician, BCCDC, and in accordance with provincial STI and HIV guidelines.
  6. Conducts pre/post-test HIV counseling and rapid point-of care testing (in accordance with Point Of Care training for allied and non-allied health professionals by BCCDC).
  7. Conducts outreach and interviews off site at community services and/or other facilities with varying environments (e.g. massage parlours, microbrothels, drop-in centres, shelters, non-profit residences, private SROs, health care facilities, public spaces in inner city setting) using approved transportation options.
  8. Adheres to informed consent procedures and ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects.
  9. Reviews and translates questionnaires and other documents for completeness and accuracy.
  10. Ensures policies and procedures for data management are followed and all documents are entered and filed as required by ethical guidelines.
  11. Responsible for processing participant honoraria, including paying participant and recording honoraria for daily float reconciliation.
  12. Transports blood and urine samples to St. Paul’s Hospital as needed in accordance with Transport Canada guidelines.
  13. Participates in knowledge translation activities including presentations to community organizations and monthly staff meetings, as needed.
  14. Assists with training staff on data collection protocols as needed.
  15. Under supervision of the Project Coordinator adheres to established filing system and appropriate clinical research record keeping consistent with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  16. Refers participants to appropriate services and/or provides initial support when required.
  17. Performs other related duties as required.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE

  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Degree or Diploma in a relevant Health Care Discipline or Social Work plus 3-5 years health, research, or community-based experience.
  • Completion of basic sexual health training, including STI/HIV knowledge, for allied and non-allied health professionals (e.g. Options for Sexual Health; BCCDC; or CATIE; HIV pre/post testing counseling and point-of care training for allied and non-allied health professionals (BCCDC); and Transfer of Dangerous Goods training.
  • Lived experience in Sex Work an asset.
  • Strong gender and social equity lens and knowledge and experience with underserviced populations (e.g. homeless women, sex workers, im/migrant women, women who use drugs).
  • Multilingual (Mandarin, Cantonese) skills required.
  • Class 5 BC Driver’s License.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Demonstrated general computer skills to include database use, data entry, report retrieval.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and skills in recruiting and screening potential study participants.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of terminology related to sexual health, completing research questionnaires, reviewing and collecting data from research charts and maintaining related research records.
  • Ability to work independently following SOPs, while taking supervision and direction from coordinators, and within a diverse team environment.
  • Knowledge and skills to work with diverse community collaborators, service providers and other stakeholders.
  • Flexibility in day and early evening hours to support outreach and recruitment to study populations.
  • Expertise in gender, sexual health and marginalized populations, including sex workers, new immigrant/ migrant communities, and/or gender/ sexual minority populations.
  • Experience in community-based organizations and/or community-based research an asset.

We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, experience as a sex worker, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

If interested, please submit a copy of your cover letter and CV to HR@cgshe.ubc.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Interviewer/Outreach Worker (Mandarin Speaking) - AESHA Project

STARTING WAGE: $20 – $24/hour

STATUS: Temporary Part-Time, Tuesday and Wednesday


SUMMARY OF ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

The AESHA project is an ongoing community-based research project with sex workers across diverse work street and indoor work environments. AESHA aims to evaluate the impact of policies, laws, structural and community-led interventions on sex workers’ safety, health and human rights. Since inception, the project includes a diverse and multi-lingual team with people with lived sex work experience represented across the project. AESHA involves ongoing follow-up interviews, visit with a sexual health research nurse, and daytime and late night outreach to street and indoor/ in-call sex work settings. For more information and summary of AESHA results to date, visit: cgshe.ca.

Reporting to and supervised by the Project Coordinator, the Interviewer/ Outreach Worker operates as a member of a multidisciplinary, collaborative research team.  The Interviewer recruits and prescreens potential participants, conducts structured interviews of eligible research participants enrolled in relevant project; and assists in data collection, data cleansing, and data entry resulting from interviews.  The Interviewer/ Outreach Worker also performs outreach activities and connects people with community services as needed.

ORGANIZATION

Located in Vancouver, BC, the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity is a UBC/SFU-affiliated academic research centre housed at Providence Health Care (PHC) (www.cgshe.ca). The CGSHE has a strategic mandate of community-based research, policy and practice to reduce gender and sexual health inequities among marginalized populations in BC, Canada and globally. The CGSHE currently consists of over 80 staff, including academic and clinical researchers, graduate students, and frontline research staff, working out of our CGSHE administrative and community/ clinical research office in the Downtown Eastside. We work in a highly collaborative team and strive to hire members from diverse backgrounds and lived experience.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Recruits potential participants, provides information and answers questions about research studies.
  2. Prescreens potential research subjects in person according to study protocols and enrolls eligible participants.
  3. Conducts quantitative structured interviews with eligible participants and performs outreach for follow up interviews.
  4. Conducts outreach and interviews off site at community services and/or other facilities with varying environments (e.g. drop-in centres, shelters, non-profit residences, private SROs, health care facilities, public spaces in inner city setting) using approved transportation options.
  5. Adheres to informed consent procedures and ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects.
  6. Reviews questionnaires for completeness and accuracy.
  7. Ensures policies and procedures for data management are followed and all documents are entered and filed as required by ethical guidelines.
  8. Responsible for processing participant honoraria, including paying participant and recording honoraria for daily float reconciliation.
  9. Transports blood and urine samples to St. Paul’s Hospital as needed.
  10. Participates in knowledge translation presentations to community organizations as needed.
  11. Assists with training staff on data collection protocols as needed.
  12. Refers participants to appropriate services and/or provides initial support when required.
  13. Performs other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education, Training and Experience

  • High School diploma or equivalent training required. Bachelor’s degree in health care, social services or social sciences preferred. Minimum two (2) years’ experience in frontline/ community services experience with marginalized communities we serve.
  • Strong gender and social equity lens and knowledge and experience with marginalized and stigmatized populations (e.g. Indigenous and other racialized communities, homeless communities, migrant and refugee communities, gender and sexual minority populations)
  • Experiential (sex work) expertise strongly preferred.
  • Experience with semi structured or structured interviewing techniques an asset.
  • Community-based research experience or training is an asset.
  • Current CPR, sexual health, and naloxone administration training an asset.
  • Multilingual (e.g. Mandarin) skills required.

Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict management / crisis resolution skills.
  • Organized with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently following SOPs, while taking supervision and direction from coordinators, and within a diverse team environment.
  • Flexibility in hours in hours and willingness to work across CGSHE offices and community to support outreach and recruitment.
  • Familiarity with Metro Vancouver (for Outreach) and community services related to sexual health, HIV and sex work. Knowledge of services for youth an asset.
  • Demonstrated computer skills including experience in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) and proficiency with data entry.
  • Excellent time management and data entry skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrates professional judgment when supporting participants and referring to appropriate services.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Class 5 BC Driver’s License is an asset.
  • Knowledge and skills to work with diverse community collaborators, service providers and other stakeholders.

We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, experience as a sex worker, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

If interested, please submit a copy of your cover letter and CV to HR@cgshe.ubc.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.