Job Posting: Global Research Project Manager

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a national forum for Indigenous Peoples to holistically address HIV and AIDS, Hepatitis C (HCV), sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), tuberculosis, mental health, and related co-morbidity issues. CAAN promotes a Social Determinants of Health framework through advocacy, and provides accurate, up-to-date resources on these issues in a culturally relevant manner for Indigenous Peoples wherever they reside.


Canada (work from home will be required) This is a full-time position for five years.

Project title

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 (SRHR) of Indigenous Women and Girls: Leading an intersectoral response through community-driven self-determination.


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 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 experience and includes partners from Nigeria, Guatemala, Nepal, India, New Zealand, Peru, and Canada.


Reporting Relationships

This position will report to the Principal Research team members, including Carrie Martin (Nominated Principal Knowledge User), Renée Masching (Co-Principal Knowledge User), and Charlotte Loppie (Co-Principal Investigator). There will also be accountability to research leads in each partner country through regular reporting.

The global Project Manager will be responsible for managing the project across the partner countries with the support of the research team. 


Core Duties

• Support the Canadian Core Leadership Team and the 7-country Steering Committee;
• Engage closely with all Project team members, including recruiting members;
• Scheduling and chairing meetings; recording and distributing minutes; project record keeping and follow up;
• Support local and global teams in the development of timelines and action plans;
• Coordinate team communications, deliverables, and reporting;
• Prepare articles for a variety of contexts including journals and community reports;
• Liaise with partner countries’ government agencies;
• Provide and convene strategic guidance on project design, delivery, and evaluation;
• Update and manage project risk;
• Supervision of students and other trainees (in Canada) as required.
• Manage technical input of partner organisations to ensure timely delivery of project activities; and
• Manage budgets, finance, and invoicing procedures, in accordance with CAAN’s financial management procedures.



• Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in international development, management consulting, or a relevant sector, preferably in research and / or monitoring and evaluation;
• 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; a proven interest in travel and international work;
• Excellent writing and reporting skills;
• Fluency in English and Spanish (full working proficiency).



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be willing to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.



Post-secondary education in Indigenous studies, gender studies, public health, social determinants of health, international development, or other 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:
Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants with living experience of HIV/AIDS
• Minimum of 2 years of research experience
• Familiar with HIV- and SRHR-specific terminology
• Experience working with Indigenous people at a community and political level including in community engagement and community/organizational development.
• Experience working across Canada and internationally; preference for working experience in a multi-cultural context vis-a-vis SRHR



• Knowledge of community engagement and development, provincial and federal health systems, and Indigenous health system needs.
• Knowledge of HIV/AIDS related issues in general and those affecting Indigenous communities, specifically.
• Knowledge of SRHR in general and in the context of Indigenous populations.


To apply:  Please email a cover letter (including your equity, diversity and inclusivity statement), 2 letters of reference, and resume, (combined in a single PDF document) to [email protected] Please address the cover letter to Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis, CEO. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All candidates selected for an interview will be asked to submit a short paragraph in Spanish to demonstrate language proficiency.

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: May 15, 2021