Job Posting: Peer Research Associate for HERE Study at BC CfE


Peer Research Associate
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
Epidemiology and Population Health
Hope to Health Engagement and Retention Evaluation (HERE) Study


Status:  This is a part-time (up to 15 hours/week) one-year contract with the possibility of extension.

Job Start Date:  ASAP

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Location:  BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), Hope to Health Complex 625 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC


Organization:  The BC-CfE is a world-renowned centre with innovative, low barrier approach to healthcare delivery in clinical practice and an integrated group of research concentrations in Laboratory Sciences, Clinical Trials, Population Health and Epidemiology, Health Economics and Professional Education Programs. A multidisciplinary team of clinicians including Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers and Peers and researchers including Health Economists, Epidemiologists, Clinical Researchers, Statisticians, Programmers, and Data Analysts work collaboratively to improve the health of British Columbians with HIV and communities facing socio-economic barriers in accessing healthcare through the development, ongoing monitoring and dissemination of comprehensive research and treatment programs for HIV and related diseases. Our programs include Hope to Health, an innovative, multidisciplinary, “wrap-around” health clinic and harm reduction program serving Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).


Job:  Working under the direction of the Research Coordinator for the Hope to Health Engagement and Retention Evaluation (HERE) Study, the Peer Research Associate is an integral member of the research team. They assist in the implementation, execution, and evaluation of research and research related activities. They will primarily be responsible for interviewing study participants and completing questionnaires. They will also support the ongoing relationships and connection with the Hope to Health clinical team, community organizations and members. They may support knowledge translation and dissemination activities as part of the study protocol(s).



  • This position will involve many research protocol tasks, including, but not limited to: recruiting participants, obtaining consent, conducting interviews with participants, completing questionnaires, administering honorarium to participants, maintaining records and completing other administrative research work.
  • To support community engagement as a central part of the research process
  • This role will involve working collaboratively with academic researchers, clinicians, and other PRAs, to fulfill the research goals and objectives.
  • Assisting and providing direction on research projects related to people with mental health and substance use disorders, hepatitis C, HIV and other related conditions
  • Liaising with community organizations and community members as a means of engagement with the research study team
  • Maintains strict confidentiality related to identification and release of study data.
  • Performs other duties as required.



  • Knowledge of and experience working with marginalized populations such as residents in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with people who use substances, people with mental health conditions and people experiencing homelessness.
  • An understanding of harm reduction principles and practices
  • An understanding of experiences of and common barriers to care facing people who use substances or have mental health conditions
  • Previous experience with research would be an asset
  • Previous experience working with community-based organizations would be an asset
  • Enthusiasm to learn and be part of a dynamic team
  • Reliable and organized
  • Basic computer competency and familiarity with e-mail and Internet



c/o Human Resource Coordinator, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Vancouver, BC, e-mail:  [email protected]

Please note: Only Canadian Citizens, legal residents or residents with a legal work permit will be considered.


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