Job posting: Community-based Research Associate

Via the Canadian Public Health Association:

Position: Community-based Research Associate
Employment Status: Part-time Contract (10 hours/week for the period January 2024 – August 2025)
Program: Canadian Public Health Association, National Programs
Reports to:     Manager, Canadian Public Health Association
Salary range: 36.88-$42.80 per hour plus 4% vacation pay (depending on past experience and qualifications)
Location:    Remote (anywhere in Canada)


The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is a national, non-governmental organization that advocates for healthy public policy from the public health perspective. Our mission is to enhance the health of all people and communities in Canada, particularly those who are structurally disadvantaged, and to contribute to a healthier and more equitable world. CPHA respects and values equity, diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects of its work.

CPHA is seeking a Community-based Research Associate to coordinate a community-based research grant funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) entitled Bridging lived/living and clinical expertise to address intersectional STBBI stigma: Validating a collaboratively developed experiential eLearning intervention. Reporting to Manager, Canadian Public Health Association, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing engagement with community members with lived and living experience as well as researchers, practitioners, professors and community-based organizations to inform the evaluation of CPHA’s existing online accredited learning course. This course, intended for family physicians and other care providers, focuses on promising practices for reducing stigma related to sexuality, substance use and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs). Based on feedback received through engagement with community, the Community-based Research Associate will be responsible for finalizing data collection tools, methodologies and consent processes. The successful candidate will also be responsible for overseeing the completion and evaluation of the online accredited course by university and/or college students across Canada, and for analysing evaluation data and summarizing key findings through knowledge translation tools and resources.

The position requires someone who is passionate about reducing stigma related to sexuality, substance use and STBBIs, and who has previously been involved in community-based research. We are looking for someone with strong project management skills and an ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team as needed. Candidates applying for this position should have:

  • A graduate degree (e.g., Master’s, PhD) in health or social sciences or a combination of education and several years’ relevant professional/personal experience
  • Past experience working in community-based research (e.g., experience working with community in the development of research protocols and data collection tools, experience facilitating conversations/focus groups with community members to inform the research design and implementation, data analysis experience)
  • Familiarity with quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis software
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • General knowledge of promising practices in sexual health, harm reduction and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI) prevention, testing and treatment

This Community-based Research Associate position is a part-time contract extending from January 2024 – August 2025. It is anticipated that the deliverables associated with this contract will require approximately 10 hours per week over a period of 20 months. 

The hourly wage for this position ranges from $36.88-$42.80 (depending on the successful applicant’s qualifications and experiences) plus 4% vacation pay. The successful applicant will not be eligible for overtime payment or any other benefits as part of the Community-based Research Associate position. 

This position is virtual, with some work-related travel within Canada expected. 

The successful candidate will be provided with opportunities to present the research findings through conference presentation(s) and peer-reviewed publications (including authorship). 

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CPHA is an equal opportunity employer. Having diverse lived experience is not a requirement for this job but an asset because differences in lived and professional experiences bring value-creating perspectives to CPHA’s work. To ensure an unbiased review of your resume, CPHA will disguise elements of your resume before the hiring manager reviews it. If you are comfortable, CPHA invites you to indicate elements of your lived experience that make you unique and different in your cover letter. For example, if you have lived/living experience that you feel might be relevant to engagement with communities disproportionately affected by stigma related to sexuality, substance use and/or STBBIs, we invite you to share in your application.  This lived experience can come from your cultural background, gender-based experiences, life experiences, etc. While this information ensures that CPHA considers diverse applicants for this position, please note that providing this information is not required to apply for this position.

CPHA is committed to providing accommodations for people with a disability in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process in accordance with Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disabilities Act (AODA 2005). As required, please inform us of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require to ensure your equal participation.

If this position matches your skills and interests, please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Interviews will be conducted by video conference. The anticipated start date of this position is January 15, 2024.

We sincerely appreciate all applications, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Any inquiries can be directed to [email protected].
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