Job Overview

The position supports the RKE team, working to advance the implementation of community-based research (CBR) projects paired with health interventions in partnership with First Nations communities in BC. The position will contribute to increasing the capacity and number of applied Indigenous health researchers in BC and Canada who are developing and evaluating health services innovation. The CBR scholar will assist with the implementation of CBR projects and health interventions, development of CBR protocol and processes, CBR team training, and knowledge translation. This work will directly inform, guide, and communicate findings from FNHA-led and partnered studies. The trainee will also support data governance and sovereignty initiatives, including operationalization of OCAP®, and support the development and implementation of an FNHA research trainee program, increasing capacity for Indigenous health research in BC through research or professions.

Research activities
  1. Assists with the development of study protocol/s and establishment of CBR research operating policies and procedures, including OCAP® plans and ensuring adherence to OCAP®
  2. Assists with the development of FNHA CBR training materials
  3. Supports the development of an FNHA research trainee program, including identifying opportunities for trainee support within the organization
  4. Assists with the development of community engagement and relationship-building processes for research studies
  5. Assists with feedback and the writing of manuscripts reporting on FIIRE Network and FNHA activities
  6. Facilitates knowledge exchange between the FNHA and FIIRE Network
  7. Creates a project report on all CBR scholar activities for the Applied Public Health Chair in Indigenous Health Information and Knowledge Systems
  8. Contributes to the development of project-related knowledge exchange strategies, identifying opportunities for communicating and disseminating research results to multiple audiences (e.g., First Nations communities, Indigenous organizations, health authorities) via different forms of media

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program (Master’s or doctoral) in a relevant discipline (e.g., public health)

  • A demonstrable understanding of the research process through practical and/or academic experience
  • Experience working in Indigenous health research is an asset
  • Experience with community engagement and community-based research processes is an asset
  • Background and working knowledge of First Nations health is an asset; minimum requirement is knowledge of First Nations health and its determinants

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If you are a person who uses(d) drugs and is willing to stand up for our human rights, apply for this job.

37.5 hours/week

Salary: $45,000 - $47,000 per year + benefits

Roles and Responsibilities

As Program Coordinator, responsibilities include:

Operational Management

  • Sharing and maintaining ongoing communication of CAPUD activities with and among the local and national drug user group/members, CAPUD’s Board of Directors, and any other CAPUD staff/volunteers.
  • Attending meetings with CAPUD Board of Directors and coordinating regular meetings with local members (and possibly CAPUD national Working Group).
  • Working with CAPUD’s Executive Director to develop and deliver on CAPUD’s three-year project.
  • Strategizing with Executive Director about campaigns and events.
  • Hosting a CAPUD table at events.
  • Membership recruitment and volunteer coordination.
  • Producing reports, including information for CAPUDs annual report.
  • Hosting and facilitating monthly national teleconferences for CAPUD’s general membership.

Event Planning

  • Responsible for coordinating events, planning for annual general meeting, meetings with the Federal government and in-person strategy meetings.

Public Relations

  • Coordinating annual CAPUD community engagement and awareness activities including, but not limited to: International Overdose Awareness Day, International Harm Reduction Day, National Day of Action, etc.

Resource Development

  • Working with people who use drugs to develop and distribute drug based educational material, harm reduction and health resources that are “written for us and by us.”
  • Developing coordinating statements with CAPUDs Executive Director and develop strategic partnerships with local, provincial, and national Harm Reduction organizations.
  • Representing CAPUD on federal and provincial committees and at events as required.
  • Supporting new and existing partnerships with organizations and services that are aligned with the vision and mission of CAPUD.

  • Person who use(d) illegal drugs.
  • Experience with grassroots activism and organizing.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equal relevant work experience.
  • Experience working within the not-for-profit sector.
  • Courage to assert the human rights of people who use drugs.
  • Knowledge of relevant government health strategies such as opioid working groups.
  • Broad knowledge of harm reduction issues and best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a team member, leader, and facilitator.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and present data effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a changing environment.
  • Computer literacy to operate file sharing, word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, Internet, and email software.
  • Graphic design and experience with Adobe Photoshop an asset.

Only candidates who are shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Send your one-page cover letter and resume to [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected] by the 12th of September 2019.

The Specialized Services Division (SSD) leads the service transformation across the health sector, bringing together key mandated initiatives and specialized services for priority populations adding enhanced value and focus to health sector areas requiring substantive change. SSD is responsible for core service/policy development for specialized services (home and community care, residential care, mental health and addictions, wait times, surgical services, diagnostic imaging) while ensuring a strong linkage to transformation activities and ensuring consistent and coordinated delivery of specialized services to patients.

As Senior Policy Analyst, Substance Use Prevention & Harm Reduction, you lead and manage the development and implementation of projects and initiatives, including developing and implementing provincial frameworks, policies, programs and strategies to improve the delivery of problematic substance use prevention and harm reduction services in the province.

Analytical and results oriented, you direct the translation of broad Ministry objectives into policy and legislative frameworks to guide and regulate provincial programs and services to prevent problematic substance use and associated harms. A highly effective communicator, you are able to build productive working partnerships with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders and support negotiations to develop formal agreements. You work well as part of a dynamic team, function effectively in a rapidly changing environment with competing priorities, and possess the project management skills needed to succeed in this role.


To lead and manage the development and implementation of projects and initiatives including developing and implementing provincial frameworks, policies, programs and strategies to improve the delivery of problematic substance use prevention and harm reduction services in the province.



  • Develops policy frameworks for the translation of government’s strategic priorities into viable prevention and harm reduction policy and program changes.
  • Analyzes and identifies social, economic, legal and political issues associated with program objectives, assesses competing and/or conflicting priorities, identifies risks and issues, and recommends strategic policy alternatives or significant changes to program or service delivery.
  • Provides recommendations on evaluation plans, strategies and performance indicators for significant programs.
  • Monitors delivery and evaluates program success through analysis and reporting against performance measures, and develops proposals for improvements to program or service delivery to meet performance targets.
  • Provides advice and recommendations on legislation, policy and programs to senior management, ministry executive and government officials.
  • Develops processes and leads multi-faceted stakeholder consultations for defining program policies or priorities, identifying stakeholder preferences and reconciling conflicts.
  • Leads policy review teams of ministry and stakeholder specialists for the analysis of program policy or legislation, evaluates programs and services and recommends changes for improvement. This involves supporting project teams, establishing project charters, identifying resource requirements, assigning tasks, monitoring progress, initiating corrective action when necessary, and achieving results within timelines.
  • Conducts issues management by identifying emerging policy issues of major significance and advising senior executive and the Minister and preparing recommendations for response that reflect overall ministry policy and government direction.
  • Conducts detailed cost-benefit analyses in areas that could lead to significant financial commitments.
  • Researches, develops and writes regulations, technical guides, publications, presentations, legislative summaries, briefing notes and Cabinet Submissions, Treasury Board Submissions, Requests for Legislation and public discussion papers.
  • Represents the ministry on intra- and inter-ministry working committees formed to develop strategic policy concepts and supporting documentation.
  • Stewards initiatives regarding integration of relevant aspects of harm reduction services into policy frameworks, programs, directives, standards and guidelines.
  • Manages and conducts analysis and interpretations of existing or proposed legislation, policies, regulations, programs and initiatives within the ministry, in other ministries, and in other levels of government.
  • Participates on or leads ministry participation on intra-ministry, cross-ministry and other working groups (particularly with the regional health authorities).
  • Prepares documents including Cabinet Submissions, Treasury Board Submissions, Requests for Legislation, Orders in Council, Minister’s Orders, briefing notes, correspondence, fact sheets, technical guides, presentations, discussion papers, reports and other documents.
  • Prepares and/or negotiates professional service contracts and monitors performance.
  • Reporting to the Senior Policy Analyst are program team members (e.g. research officers, policy analysts, etc.)

  • Master’s degree (may be preferred) in public administration, business administration, health administration, law, economics, social work, social science or related field and a minimum of 4 years recent, related experience* OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business administration, health administration, law, economics, social work, social science or related field and a minimum of 5 years recent, related experience* OR
  • Diploma in public administration, business administration, health administration, law, economics, social work, social science or related field and a minimum of 6 years recent, related experience* OR
  • A minimum of 7 years recent, related experience*

*Recent (within last 7 years) related experience must include:

  • Experience in the development of legislation, regulation and/or policy in the health care sector (may be preferred) or social policy sector
  • Experience in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and policy
  • Experience in planning, managing and coordinating complex projects/assignments
  • Experience in concisely and persuasively writing a range of documents/content

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of the BC healthcare system, including relevant legislation, regulations and policies
  • Knowledge of the ministry mandate, service plan, legislation, programs and initiatives
  • Knowledge of mental health, substance use and addictions preferred
  • Research techniques, standards and methods
  • Project management methods and techniques
  • Contract management

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and attention to detail is required
  • A highly analytical and organized approach
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office suite of products

Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry (Note: It is important that you read the job posting carefully to understand the specific security screening requirements pertaining to the position).

  • Analytical Thinking is the ability to comprehend a situation by breaking it down into its components and identifying key or underlying complex issues. It implies the ability to systematically organize and compare the various aspects of a problem or situation, and determine cause-and-effect relationships ("if...then…") to resolve problems in a sound, decisive manner. Checks to ensure the validity or accuracy of all information.
  • Expertise includes the motivation to expand and use technical knowledge or to distribute work-related knowledge to others.
  • Teamwork and Cooperation is the ability to work co-operatively within diverse teams, work groups and across the organization to achieve group and organizational goals. It includes the desire and ability to understand and respond effectively to other people from diverse backgrounds with diverse views.
  • Strategic Orientation is the ability to link long-range visions and concepts to daily work, ranging from a simple understanding to a sophisticated awareness of the impact of the world at large on strategies and on choices.
  • Building Partnerships with Stakeholders is the ability to build long-term or on-going relationships with stakeholders (e.g. someone who shares an interest in what you are doing). This type of relationship is often quite deliberate and is typically focused on the way the relationship is conducted. Implicit in this competency is demonstrating a respect for and stating positive expectations of the stakeholder.
  • Sustained Learning and Development means continually increasing your ability to build and maintain respectful and effective relationships with Indigenous peoples. Central to this competency is appreciating that there are many other cultural understandings of knowledge and ways of working that have legitimacy and deserve respect—and therefore require our continual learning and development, including direct exposure to cultural and community ways.

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Interior Health is expanding its Addictions Medicine program in Kelowna, BC and is looking for physicians to deliver services in all areas of the program.

The Kelowna Program is comprised of 4 unique services:

  • Oral Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) Clinic
  • Rapid access OAT
  • Injectable OAT (iOAT) service **new April 2019**
  • Acute Care Addiction Consult team (based at KGH)

Each of our services is delivered using an interdisciplinary approach to care with patients with opioid use disorder.

Details at,2,3&CommunityId=15.

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Online Addiction Medicine Diploma: [email protected].