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Community Health Worker (CHW) – HIV/AIDS
Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre is recruiting a professional, energetic, and skilled individual for the following position:
Community Health Worker (CHW) – HIV/AIDS
Contract: Full-Time from February 2019 – June 2020
Reporting to the Programs and Research Manager, the individual will work within the mandate of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre (WHIWH), which is to provide primary health care to racialized women from the Caribbean, African, Latin American and South Asian communities in Metropolitan Toronto and surrounding municipalities. You will work from an inclusive feminist, pro-choice, anti-racist, anti-oppression, and multilingual participatory framework in addressing the issue of access to healthcare for WHIWH’s mandated priority populations encompassing all the determinants of health caused by gender, gender identity, race, class, violence, sexual orientation, religion, culture, language, disability, immigration status and socio-economic circumstances.
The CHW, HIV/AIDS will be responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of our “African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) Women Taking Control over HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health” project. The project will utilize a peer-based approach working with a network of community ambassadors who will use their existing networks to reach ACB women and their communities to support HIV prevention and testing and access to care for women diagnosed with HIV; build skills and leadership among service providers to affect change to reduce risk factors for HIV infection among ACB women; engage with academic institution to support education of service providers of tomorrow; and organize fora to bring multiple stakeholders together to dialogue, share knowledge and propose solutions to build effective HIV responses among ACB women and their communities.
Key responsibilities include:
- Project planning, implementation, and evaluation, including development of logic model and management of workflow and budget
- Working in close partnership with community members and service providers working with ACB women, faith leaders and coordinators of academic programs throughout the entire project to complete activities and achieve objectives
- Working inter-professionally in particular with the HIV Interdisciplinary Team at WHIWH to achieve project objectives
- Outreach to women, their communities and other project stakeholders in person, electronically, and through social media, to promote the project, develop connections with community leaders, service providers, ACB women and others to generate interest in participation and involvement in the project
- Development of culturally appropriate training modules, facilitation guides, and participant resources on various aspects of HIV/AIDS
- Planning and co-facilitation of training sessions for community ambassadors
- Supporting community ambassador in planning and delivery of community workshops
- Producing written reports, as required, by the funder and other key stakeholders
- Development of sustainability plans for project beyond the length of funding
Skills and Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Promotion, Social Work or a related field OR equivalent work and education experience
- Experience in project management, including development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation
- General understanding and familiarity with different aspects of HIV/AIDS, specifically HIV education, testing, diagnosis, healthy relationships, access to healthcare (barriers and facilitators), etc.
- Strong knowledge of the social determinants of health, including the roles of culture, religion, and spirituality and their impacts on HIV prevention, treatment, support and care.
- Experience managing volunteers/peers
- Experience in design and implementation of training, curriculum, and/or facilitation materials
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with leaders, community members, and organizations
- Demonstrated leadership and ability to establish priorities, take initiative, make decisions, and identify and resolve problems
- Resourcefulness and problem-solving skills
- Able to work independently and make decisions
- Highly organized and strong time management skills
- Ability to work off-site and flexible hours (e.g. evenings/weekends), as required, to fulfill project objectives
- Proficiency in language(s) other than English spoken within our priority populations considered an asset.
- Proficiency in use of computer technology, including MS Office programs, social media platforms, and database management.
- Experience working in community settings, using health promotion/community development principles
- High level of interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills
How to Apply
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 26th, 2019
Please forward your CV and cover letter with subject line: “Community Health Worker - HIV/AIDS” via email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover letter should be addressed:
Director, Research and Programs
Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre
2 Carlton St., Suite 500
This position is funded by the City of Toronto Urban Health Fund
We encourage individuals from our priority populations for this project to apply.
We thank all candidates for applying, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.