The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) is a program developed by and for people living with HIV (PLHIV) that aims to create a network of informed and empowered PLHIV who will participate in and influence their local community. Training sessions are designed to build individual resilience to confront HIV stigma and discrimination, identify personal leadership values and philosophy, develop leadership skills and practices, and gain community knowledge and awareness for greater participation in community endeavours. The PLDI is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada as an alliance of COCQ-SIDA, the Ontario AIDS Network and PAN.
COCQ-SIDA, OAN and PAN recognize our collective responsibility to address systemic and structural oppression and challenge the stigmas that affect the lives of people in our community. We consider it an integral part of our work to actively model a safe and inclusive workplace for all. This includes cultural humility and a commitment to ensuring cultural safety for Indigenous and African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) staff, members, partners, and participants. We continue to challenge ourselves to learn new ways to address the struggles of historically oppressed people and communities.
This position is a project to establish sustainable relationships within Indigenous and ACB communities to evaluate the content of the PLDI training for cultural safety and inclusion. Under the authority of COCQ-SIDA’s Executive Director and in collaboration with the Senior Management Team of the PLDI, the Coordinator will work with organisations and individuals living with HIV from the concerned communities to accomplish this work. This project is funded for 18 months by a grant from Gilead Sciences.
COCQ-SIDA is looking for a candidate able to accomplish the following tasks:
• Initiate respectful and truthful relationships between the PLDI Alliance and 3-4 community-based organizations (CBOs) working primarily with Indigenous communities as well as another 3-4 organizations focusing on the health of ACB communities and establish a Partnership Committee
• Coordinate and facilitate the foundations of a permanent Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) for the PLDI Alliance (COCQ-SIDA, OAN, PAN) for the next 5 fiscal years
• Recruit Indigenous and ACB PLHIV, emerging leaders and advocates for focus groups on the PLDI trainings (groups in English and French, including 4 IAC members)
• Co-Facilitate with the PLDI Managers two focus groups (1 in English, 1 in French) each composed of 4 Indigenous PLHIV and 4 ACB PLHIV
• Working with the input of the Partnership Committee and the focus groups, and with a view to Indigenous teachings and data ownership considerations, conduct a review of the cultural safety and references used in the curriculum and delivery of PLDI Core, Communication and Governance trainings, and revise as determined through the process
• Co-coordinate and pilot, with the national Alliance Manager, an in-person Core training for 12 Indigenous PLHIV from the prairie provinces
• Contribute to the promotion of PLDI and the establishment of partnerships throughout Canada in collaboration with the PLDI Alliance Manager and the three regional PLDI managers
• Attend and participate in Senior Management Committee meetings with the PLDI Alliance Manager and the three regional PLDI managers twice per month
• Working with the PLDI Evaluation Team, develop a KTE and evaluation plan for the project, to share findings from the cultural safety review of our curriculum, recruitment and delivery methods to better reach and be more inclusive of Indigenous and ACB communities, including:
• Present a poster of our processes and findings at CAHR 2023
• Write blog article on PLDI.CA (EN) and IDLP.CA (FR) reporting the outcomes, findings and adaptation by the program
• Share project results directly with PLDI graduates in the three Alliance regions
• Report on project outcomes and success to Gilead Sciences as required
• Other related tasks as requested by the Director
• Experience in Administrative or Project Coordination roles in a non-profit environment, from project inception to completion
• Experience evaluating community-based programs and interventions
• Strong communication skills in English and French, written and verbal, for different audiences
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Zoom
• Experience working with Indigenous communities in a culturally safe way
• Experience working with ACB communities an asset
• HIV/AIDS experience/knowledge and commitment to the GIPA Principle
• Experience of PLDI trainings an asset
• Excellent organizational and time-management skills: multitasking, prioritizing, meeting deadlines
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
• Good analytical, research and troubleshooting skills
• Skilled team player who is able to build professional and effective working relationships with a diverse group of partners – respected and respectful
• Facilitation skills, diplomacy and tact
• Understanding and respect of discretion and confidentiality
• Conflict resolution skills
• Flexible schedule and able to work virtually
5 days/week (35 hours)
18 month contract
Annual salary of $48,925 (probationary rate) + benefits
Work from home
Send your curriculum vitæ and a letter of interest by e-mail to: [email protected]
Your letter should not exceed 2 pages and should include the following elements:
• Your interest in the position and the project
• An explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experiences are linked with the expectations for the position
• Any other information you think useful for your candidacy
Applications must be received before Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 2 PM Pacific time.
Only those invited to an interview will be contacted.
We plan to conduct interviews by Zoom videoconference during the week of 21 February 2022.
Priority will be given to Indigenous candidates.
We encourage applications from people living with HIV.
COCQ-SIDA’s mission is to bring together Québec-based organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to exercise its leadership to inspire, support, consolidate and promote autonomous community-based action in response to HIV/AIDS.