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Community Researcher/Research Trainer, Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre

Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre works to promote
health and well-being and improve access to services for immigrants and
refugees in Toronto by addressing medical, social and environmental
issues. As a commitment to evidence-based design of services and
advocacy, Access Alliance is working to establish itself as a centre
for excellence in research and learning on newcomer health. Access
Alliance has been innovating and conducting community based
participatory action research (CBPAR) in order to promote more
inclusive, empowering models of research and to generate richer
understanding about the social determinants of newcomer health. In line
with this goal, Access Alliance is planning to train newcomers and
racialized people to become "peer researchers."

The Community Researcher/Research Trainer will play a key role in strengthening our CBPAR process/projects by

  • Developing comprehensive CBPAR training modules (using popular
    education and participatory techniques) geared for community residents
  • Coordinating CBPAR training sessions
  • Conducting outreach to recruit newcomers and members of
    racialised communities to participate in the research trainings to
    become ‘peer researchers.'
  • Provide ongoing support for ‘peer researchers.'
  • Develop, facilitate, and conduct research projects
  • Prepare knowledge exchange tools and assist in dissemination

Those who are interested in applying should have

  • post-secondary education in social sciences, social work, adult
    education or health related field or equivalent combination of
    education and experience;
  • strong research knowledge and experience (in both qualitiative
    and quantitative methodologies) with focus on community-based,
    participatory approaches;
  • strong knowledge and experience in designing and conducting
    training programs, using popular education and participatory techniques;
  • strong organisational skills;
  • partnership-building abilities;
  • community outreach experience;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • familiarity with issues faced by immigrants, refugees and racialised communities, particularly un/under/over employment;
  • commitment to working with low income, multi-lingual and multi-racial communities from an anti-oppressive/anti-racist framework;
  • excellent interpersonal, time management, and problem solving skills;
  • flexibility (some evening and weekend work may be required);

We strongly encourage applications from recent immigrants, refugees and people of colour.

Hours: 21 hours/week (with some flexibility in scheduling).
Job Classification: Community Health Worker, Bargaining Unit Position, UFCW Local 125
Approximate duration: starting ASAP for 20-24 weeks.
Compensation: $40,000 per year/pro-rated
Deadline: December 4th, 2006

Application Process: Please send your resume and detailed cover letter to

Yogendra Shakya
Research & Evaluation Coordinator
Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre
340 College Street, Suite 500
Toronto, ON  M5T 3A9
Fax: (416) 324-9074