**STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITY** – Research Assistant

**the following position is being offered ONLY to students at the University of Regina**

Job Posting: Research Assistant

Project

Literature Review – Social Inclusion and Access to Health Care Among Transgender People in Canada

Position Summary

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is seeking a Student Research Assistant to assist with conducting a review of literature based on research questions developed with community partner the Saskatchewan Transgender Health Coalition (STHC).

The objectives of the literature review are to:

  1. Enhance knowledge and inform future decision making at community and agency levels with regard to advocating for transgender health reform in the province of Saskatchewan
  2. Compare Saskatchewan’s transgender health policies and service provision to other provinces and to the standards of care recommended by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
  3. Identify and collect information regarding how access to healthcare affects the social inclusion of transgender people in Canada.
  4. Identify relevant gaps in our knowledge.

 Main Responsibilities

  • To search, review and summarize national and provincial transgender health policies and service provision throughout Canada.
  • To search, review and summarize peer-reviewed and grey literature on how access to transgender and transition-related healthcare impacts social inclusion and an individual’s ability to participate fully in society.
  • Based on the findings of the literature review, write a final report on the current evidence-informed practices related to research questions developed by the research team partners
  • To meet regularly with the project team to discuss the progress of literature review and report writing
  • To communicate with the community partner, academic supervisor and other identified collaborators
  • To assist with presenting findings of the literature review at the end-of-project meeting to the project team and other community partners
  • Conduct other project-related activities as specified by the project team, specifically the community partner and an academic supervisor

 Required Skills and Abilities

  • Technical skills: Microsoft Office, web-based reference manager (e.g. Refworks), experience with database searches
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and writing skills
  • Ability to work largely unsupervised, under the direction of a research committee
  • Interpersonal and strong organization skills, time management skills and ability to complete assigned work on time
  • Knowledge of the barriers faced by transgender people when accessing transgender and transition-related healthcare is an asset
  • Knowledge of the barriers transgender people face with respect to social inclusion is an asset.
  • Experience (or familiarity) with projects in community development, health and social services for populations with complex needs is an asset

 Qualifications

  • Third or fourth year undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Regina

 Schedule & Wage

The student researcher will be contracted for a maximum of 130 hours of work from early September, 2018 to Nov 2, 2018. The work hours and the location of the work are somewhat flexible. The wage will reflect CUPE 2419 rates.

**We especially encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, and value opportunities for people identifying within a Gender and Sexually Diverse realm**

To apply, please prepare the following and send it to:

Krystal Lewis, Executive Director

Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

info@rpirg.org

  • Resume and Cover Letter, in one document
  • Contact information of two referees who can provide professional or academic references
  • An example of a written report (this can be a completed project report or a research paper/assignment on a topic in health, social sciences, or other issues)

 Deadline for Applications: Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 12pm

 Project Partners

Saskatchewan Transgender Health Coalition (STHC) is a network of health and mental health providers and administrators, and transgender activists, advocates, and allies working towards the common goal of improving access to culturally competent and knowledgeable transgender and transition-related care in Saskatchewan.

 The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is a student-funded resource centre at the University of Regina committed to social and environmental justice. They provide the resources and funding necessary to enable students to organize around issues through research, education, and action.

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