Harm Reduction Peer Outreach Workers

Harm Reduction Peer Outreach Workers

The EMHC is launching a new Harm Reduction project focused on GBTQ2S+ community members who use substances. To support this project, the EMHC is hiring two part-time Peer Outreach Workers. As individuals with lived experience of substance use, Peer Outreach Workers are an integral part of the team and ensure that community members are able to access support and services from individuals who have firsthand knowledge and understanding of the issues they face.

Key Responsibilities Include

Supporting the Program Coordinator in the recruitment for and coordination of a Community Advisory Team of GBTQ2S+ men with lived experience of substance use. Peer Outreach Workers will support the Program Coordinator at meetings as required (facilitation, note-taking, etc.). Peer Outreach Workers will also provide support to Community Advisory Team members as needed.

Peer Outreach Workers are responsible for the collection and storage of evaluation data as directed.

Peer Outreach Workers will support the Program Coordinator in the implementation of project activities as required, including: online screening, referral, and support; motivational interviewing counselling; and a series of outreach activities including online outreach, facilitating community education sessions, and distributing harm reduction supplies.

Peer Outreach Workers will support the Program Coordinator in the development and delivery of community education and stakeholder capacity-building content, as well as KTE materials.



No education is required.

Diploma or training in Social Work, Addictions Counselling, or similar field is an asset.


Lived experience as a member of the priority populations (GBTQ2S+ individuals and people who use substances) is desired.

Experience providing frontline support/services (i.e. counselling, system navigation) to peers is desired.

Paid or volunteer experience in the fields of GBTQ2S+ Men’s Health, HIV/HCV/STBBIs, and/or substance use/harm reduction desired.

Desired Competencies

Public Speaking: The successful candidate will support the delivery of education, training, and group-work sessions with community members and healthcare/service providers. Experience in public speaking is an asset.

Community Engagement: Peer Support Workers will be required to engage meaningfully with a diverse range of community members in a variety of settings (at large community events, one-on-one by appointment, and online). Demonstrated experience effectively engaging individuals in a variety of settings, with tangible results (linking to services/care/programming) is an asset.

Web and Social Media: The project will include the design and delivery of online content through websites and social media. An understanding of producing and delivering content through different web and social media platforms is an asset.

Network & Relationship Building: The successful candidate will be required to establish and maintain relationships with key partners (academic, community-based organizations, etc.). Previous experience developing and maintaining relationships with a diverse network of stakeholders will be an asset.

Time Management: The successful candidate will enjoy a flexible work schedule. However, they must be able to manage their time so that they are able to meet an ambitious schedule of deliverables. Demonstrated ability to execute responsibilities on a tight timeline in flexible work environments with minimal supervision is an asset.

Conflict Resolution: We are all human. And where there are humans, there will be conflict. At some point throughout the program, conflict will emerge. The successful candidate should identify opportunities for conflict and address them before they emerge. When conflict does emerge, the successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to address it in an effective and sensitive matter so that all parties feel supported and are able to move forward in relationship with one another.

Equity: Some sexual and gender minority individuals also experience additional intersecting identities which can result in increased experiences of stigma and discrimination. In turn, this can result in some individuals facing additional barriers to health and wellbeing, as well as barriers to participation in programs and services. The successful candidate should have a working knowledge of the concepts of equity, intersectionality, and anti-oppression and be able to apply them in a way that benefits the experience of all program participants. Demonstrated experience applying these principles will be an asset.




February 2019-December 2020


Avg. of 7 hours/week; hours are flexible; some evening and weekend work required

How To Apply

Applicants should send both a cover letter and resume to contact@yegmenshealth.ca. The cover letter should clearly articulate the applicant’s suitability for/interest in the role, with specific attention to:

How the candidate has demonstrated some of the desired competencies in their current or previous roles

How the candidate’s combination of work, education, volunteer history, and lived experience meet the qualifications as set out and

Their relationship to/experience working with the priority population(s) (GBTQ2S+ individuals and people who use substances)

Why they want to work for the EMHC/do this type of work

Applications can be addressed to the EMHC Hiring Committee. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 10th but will continue to be accepted until the successful candidate is found.

Interviews will begin the week of January 14th, with an anticipated start date of February 4th.

Any questions or concerns should be sent to contact@yegmenshealth.ca.