Job Posting – Research Trainee, Making it Work Study



Position: Research Trainee, Making it Work Study
Status: Part time –15 hours/week (0.4 FTE)
Time Period: October 1st, 2022 – March 31st, 2023 (with possibility of extension)
Remuneration: $9,750 over the 6-month contract ($25/hour)
Location: Flexible (working virtually) within British Columbia


About the Making It Work Project

Making it Work is an Indigenous focused community-based research (CBR) study that is looking at what services work well for people living with HIV, hepatitis C, and/or challenges with mental health and/or substance use. This project is looking to understand why, when, how and for whom, certain services work.

Making it Work is looking to understand how programs and services using an Indigenous service delivery model are linked to improve outcomes for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients. The community-based research team will work in partnership with local communities and community-based organizations, including our case study organizations in Prince George, Smithers, Victoria and Vancouver to find ways to decolonize our research process and work on a foundation of Indigenous ways of knowing and doing, two-eyed seeing, and cultural safety. Learn more about the project.

We are nearing the end of this project with one final round of data collection, a survey, scheduled for the fall and then moving into knowledge mobilization and wrap-up work for the study team. There may be some opportunity for the Trainee to travel to our community case study sites (travel expenses will be covered/reimbursed). The Trainee will work alongside a team of Peer Research Associates who will be supporting data collection over the fall.


About PAN

PAN provides a network to support the abilities and efforts of its 40+ member organizations to respond to HIV, hepatitis C and related issues in BC, including the overdose emergency. 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 staff, members, partners, and participants. We challenge ourselves to learn new ways to address the struggles of historically oppressed people and communities. As a non-Indigenous organization, we acknowledge our own privilege and role in the systems of colonization, and we strive to dismantle them.


Research Trainee Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Trainee position will provide research assistance to the Making it Work Research Managers, PAN’s Director of Evaluation and Research and the CBR study team.

What you will be doing:

• Work closely with the Making it Work leadership team on the preparation of data collection tools, conduct data collection, and contribute to data analysis
• Conduct literature and data gathering
• Participate in the development of a Knowledge Mobilization plan which may include writing reports and publications
• Assist the Making it Work leadership team and case study sites with research and outreach work as needed
• Support the Making it Work Peer Research Associate (PRA) team
• Attend weekly and monthly videoconference meetings as required
• Other duties and special projects identified that reflect both organizational need as well as employee interest


What you will bring:

• Currently enrolled as a post-secondary student in a relevant discipline
• Knowledge of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the impacts of colonization; experience working with Indigenous communities in a culturally safe way
• Experience and/or training in quantitative and qualitative research methods
• Experience or ability to work effectively in virtual environments is necessary (i.e. proficiency with email and ZOOM, web-based collaboration, video conferencing tools, etc.)
• Familiarity with academic and/or policy literature relevant to this topic
• Familiarity with community-based research and participatory evaluation methods
• Experience or interest working collaboratively with Peer Research Associates and community members
• Strong writing skills in synthesizing complex ideas and translating academic concepts for a wider audience
• Able to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks effectively with a strong attention to detail
• Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 required (we will consider applications from candidates who have a medical exemption)

We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous individuals and preference will be given to Indigenous candidates. We also welcome other candidates who possess a high level of cultural competence and understanding of Indigenous experience, communities, and issues. Additionally, we welcome applications from people living with HIV, hepatitis C and/or other lived and living experiences.

Please submit a resume and cover letter (describing your experience and interest in the position) to PAN’s Research Manager via email to [email protected]


We will begin reviewing applications starting September 15th, 2022 and this posting will remain active until the position is filled.