[Sust-mar] Community Food Security & Education - Part-time Student Research Assistant Position

Cura Coordinator Cura.Coordinator at msvu.ca
Fri Apr 1 14:25:06 EDT 2011

Overview of position
Community University Research Alliance (CURA): Activating Change
Together (ACT) for Community Food Securityis a participatory research
project that enhances Community Food Security for all Nova Scotians.
Rooted in lived experiences, real community needs and innovative
solutions, it amplifies and broadens conversation, research, and action
to strengthen capacity for policy change. 
As part of the project, the Education and Training Working Group (WG#4)
is working to increase knowledge and skills of students and CURA
partners in Participatory Action Research, Community Food Security and
the development of strategies for policy change through innovative and
diverse educational and training opportunities.This Working Group is
looking for a Research Assistant to report to the Working Group Chair
for a 6 month period (with the potential for an extension) to support
these activities.
Specific duties
·         Complete a synthesis report of education and training needs
of students and community partners engaged in the CURA based on review
of key project documents and activities.team reports and other relevant
·         Work to support the implementation of education and training
needs based on key insights identified through a synthesis
report/exercise done in conjunction with the Working Group.
·         Provide ongoing assistance to the Education and Training
Working Group in the form of meeting planning, note taking, timely
circulation of meeting minutes, and other related duties, as they
·          Liaise with project stakeholders including co-investigators,
collaborators and community groups.
·         Support research and dissemination activities related to
education and training
·         Other duties as determined by the Working Group
QualificationsBachelor’s degree, with experience, or a Masters degree,
in a related field (e.g. Education, Nutrition, Health Promotion)
Proficient in Microsoft Office (including Word, Powerpoint, Excel)

AssetsSpecific experience and/or interest working in community food
security and the social determinants of health; Understanding and
experience in working in education and training, particularly adult
education; Strong communication skills, particularly an ability to
engage with a range of stakeholders; Interest in, or experience of,
participatory action research methods; Experience in working with
diverse communities; and Access to personal laptop.

Hours: 10-15 hours per week. Position to begin as soon as a successful
applicant is found. 
Salary:$12-18, depending on background and experience.
Location: Flexible within Nova Scotia; Able to meet in person in
Wolfville on a regular basis (approx. every two weeks).
This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council, under the leadership of Dr. Patty Williams, Principal
Investigator and Co-Director, Mount Saint Vincent University and
Christine Johnson, Co-Director, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Food
Security Network. Acadia University is a partner for this project. For
more information, please see www.foodsecurityresearchcentre.ca/curaand
How to apply:  Please prepare a cover letter (addressed to: Selection
Committee) and résumé in one electronic file (pdf is preferred) and go
to our online application process
http://www.foodsecurityresearchcentre.ca/cura-job-application  Only
candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 
Closing Date: Monday, April 18, 2011 at 8 am.
Satya Ramen

Project Coordinator
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security (ACT-CFS)
Participatory Action Research Training Centre on Food Security
Mount Saint Vincent University
2 Melody Drive, Halifax, NS, B3M 2J6
www.foodsecurityresearchcentre.ca (
http://www.foodsecurityresearchcentre.ca/ ) 
p: (902) 457-6513
f:  (902)  457-6480

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