About Us



Postdoctoral Fellowship - Access to Justice Project

Job Summary

UBC Faculty of Medicine (Division of Social Medicine) is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship with the Access to Justice Project among women, gender non-binary and Two-Spirit people who have experienced gender-based violence. The position will be working with UBC faculty leads and will be remote initially until COVID restrictions ease. The position/ project will be operating out of the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity.

The postdoctoral fellowship is open to candidates with a PhD in public health, public policy, sociology, law, or related field and quantitative and/or qualitative methods with a demonstrated interest in the fields of access to justice, gender-based violence, intersectional feminism, and how these impact health and social outcomes. We are prioritizing BIPOC and gender diverse candidates, as well as other grounded expertise in human rights.

Access to Justice Project

CGSHE at UBC received funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) to initiate the Access to Justice Project, which aims to understand how women, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people who experience gender-based violence (GBV) access safe and responsive justice. The project takes an intersectional feminist approach to conduct mixed-methods research with GBV survivors across 5 cities in BC:

  1. Document the lived experience and community voices of GBV survivors to understand how differing identities of sexual assault survivors experience stigma or discrimination in access to justice, including deciding to report their experience to authorities;
  2. Understand how socio-structural factors facilitate or mitigate barriers to responsive justice systems across various settings and jurisdictions both within (e.g. family courts, drug courts, legal aid) and outside justice (e.g. housing, health care), including community-led and strength-based responses, and identify how those experiences vary across and within settings and jurisdictions; and
  3. Map innovative strategies and evidence-based actions for operationalizing promotion of responsive justice systems for GBV survivors.


  • Minimum PhD within the last three years, or near completion
  • Clear understanding of academic research processes acquired through practical or academic experience (e.g. data collection, informed consent)
  • Strong track record in peer review publications
  • Experience with community-based research processes
  • Experience in either qualitative, ethnographic and use of qualitative data software (NVivo) OR/ strong social epidemiological skills and experience in mixed methods research
  • Strong content expertise in access to justice and/or social and structural contexts of gender-based violence
  • Familiarity with intersectional feminist and decolonizing approaches to research a strong asset
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Commitment to anti-oppression practices

The one-year UBC postdoctoral fellowship includes a salary of $60,000 CAD plus extended health benefits, or a competitive top-up for those who already hold external salary awards (e.g., Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research). Ample opportunities for professional development, mentorship, and academic and research leadership, publication, and knowledge translation are supported.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting March 1, 2021. Submit your application to UBC Program Manager at CGSHE, Arveen Kaur: hr@cgshe.ubc.ca and include:

  • Cover letter outlining experience and interests
  • CV
  • 1-2 academic writing samples (where you are the primary/ lead author)
  • Names of three references (at least two must be academic)
Assistant Project Coordinator - Trauma-Informed Supports Project

Starting wage: $24.03-28.38/hr

Status: Part-time

Job Summary

The TRIS Project is undertaking an evaluation of a comprehensive, low-barrier, trauma-informed approach to supporting criminalized women and gender diverse people who are survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). Our community-based team will be actively connecting with participants and offer emotional support, outreach, information and referral to services, accompaniment, and working to address the barriers that they are facing to accessing safety, housing, health care, education or employment opportunities. The project is guided by the principles of Trauma-Informed Practice: ​safety​, ​trustworthiness and transparency, ​ ​collaboration and peer support,​ ​choice​, ​empowerment and intersectionality.​

The Assistant Project Coordinator will recruit participants to the project, provide support, outreach, accompaniment and referrals to criminalized survivors of gender-based violence. The Assistant Project Coordinator will support a team of Community-based Engagement Workers, and report to the Principal Investigator(s) and will be supervised and supported by the TRIS Project Coordinators.

We are prioritizing BIPOC, people with disabilities and 2S/LGBTQ people, as well as other grounded expertise, which could be through an applicant’s own identity and/or personal experiences related to trauma-informed practices or supports.

Organizational Status

Located in Vancouver, BC, the Centre for Gender and Sexual Equity (CGSHE) is a UBC academic research centre housed at Providence Health Care (www.cgshe.ca, www.gendersexualhealth.ubc.ca). The CGSHE has a strategic mandate of leadership in promoting gender equity and sexual health equity through in BC, Canada and globally. The CGSHE currently consists of over 100 staff and faculty, including academic and clinical researchers, graduate students, and frontline research staff, working out of our CGSHE administrative offices and our community/clinical research hub in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. We work in a highly collaborative team and strive to hire members from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences.

Work Performed

  1. Facilitates the recruitment of potential participants, provides information about trauma-informed supports.
  2. Assess and identify participants needs, strengths, resources, challenges and barriers to supports, facilitate skill development, discuss options, provide ongoing emotional and social support, crisis intervention, and safety planning – with the support of Project Coordinators.
  3. Conducts outreach in the community with varying environments (e.g. drop-in centres, shelters, non-profit residences, private Single Residence Occupancy (SROs), health care facilities, public spaces in inner city setting) using approved transportation options. Outreach activities will also include in-person, phone and internet-based communication (e.g. e-mail, online forums).
  4. Offer and arrange for referrals and linkages to supports and resources including health care, housing, education, employment, income and disability assistance, transportation, child care, parenting support, legal assistance.
  5. Networks with community organizations and services, establishing initial contact, developing referral pathways and coordination, building partnerships.
  6. Maintain up-to-date client files, document intake, initial and ongoing needs assessment and input into tracking system.
  7. Conduct evaluation questionnaires with participants, assist in evaluation activities.
  8. Provide input on analysis of research finding, identification of best practices and knowledge translation activities.
  9. Attend monthly TRIS staff meetings and update staff on activities.
  10. Engage in professional development training as required to fulfill role.
  11. Assures informed consent procedures and ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects is followed as per provided training.
  12. Ensures policies and procedures for data management are followed and all documents are entered and filed as required by ethical guidelines.
  13. Assists with recruitment, training and support of Community-Based Engagement Workers with intake, outreach, information about and referral to services, accompaniment, questionnaires with participants.
  14. Ensures policies and procedures for data management are followed and all documents are entered and filed as required by ethical guidelines.
  15. The incumbent will work out of CGSHE in designated, appropriate workspace at the CGSHE/ UBC Clinical / Community Research Hub and/or CGSHE/UBC Hornby St. offices.

Supervision Received

Reports directly to Principal Investigators and will be supervised by Project Coordinator(s). Works under general direction within established policies, procedures, and standards. Work reviewed against task objectives and conformity to standards.

Supervision Given 

Supervises and/or mentors Community-Based Engagement Workers.

Consequences of Error/Judgement 

This position entails a high level of confidentiality and discretion. Failure to maintain research and program information in confidence could result in damage to credibility and poor relations with internal and external stakeholders. Errors in judgment could result in serious financial or reputational consequences for the Centre, undermining the Centre’s ability to meet commitments and achieve its strategic objectives, including the inability to successfully meet granting agencies’ deliverables. Poor public/private sector relationships could result in a negative image of CGSHE and may impact levels of research funding made available through partnerships. Errors could result in significant concerns regarding the liability, credibility, and integrity of the Centre, PHC/ PHCRI, and the University.


Education, Training and Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Two years minimum experience working in frontline/community services with marginalized and diverse communities, im/migrants and refugees, sex workers, people living with HIV, people who use substances, 2S/LGBTQ persons, Indigenous communities, people who have been criminalized and/or incarcerated
  • Knowledge and understanding of gender and social equity is required, as well as gender-based violence, mental health, homelessness, substance use, addiction, HIV and AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support, migration, criminalization, and/or sex work
  • Familiarity with support services and community resources available for criminalized survivors of gender-based violence in the Downtown East side and Metro Vancouver
  • Commitment to work with a feminist, anti-oppression, harm reduction, trauma-informed framework
  • A level of education equivalent to High School Diploma plus additional course work in health care, social science, social work, counselling, substance use and addictions, women’s and gender studies, victim services, housing supports. Bachelor’s Degree in Health or Social Sciences, Public Health, Public Policy or related field an asset.
  • Experience and/or interest in project monitoring, evaluation and research, including community-based research and qualitative research is an asset
  • Understanding of informed consent and confidentiality
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel).
  • Strong conflict resolution, de-escalation and crisis prevention, intervention training, skills and experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, active listening skills, practice of self-awareness and self-reflection, able to work in a collaborative, supportive team environment
  • Able to offer non-judgmental, empathetic, compassionate support with diverse groups of people, focus on strengths and empowerment
  • Demonstrated ability to identify personal stressors, risk of burn out, engage in self-care and participate in collective team care to promote a healthy, safe work environment
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Flexibility in hours and willingness to work across CGSHE offices and communities to support outreach and recruitment.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position (walking on outreach visits and accompaniment in a variety of weather and conditions)
  • Working knowledge of harm reduction principles, Naloxone training
  • Class 5 Drivers License

We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, experience as a sex worker, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


CLICK HERE to submit your application via the UBC website or submit your cover letter and CV to HR@cgshe.ubc.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


We currently do not have any SFU postings.