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Research Opportunity – Sexfluent Youth Peer Researchers

Research Opportunity – Sexfluent Youth Peer Researchers


Published on December 13, 2022

Seeking Bilingual* Sexfluent Youth (16-29) Peer Researchers (*must be fluent in English AND French)

Period of employment: January 2023 - September 2023 (80hrs total)


  • $25.00/hour (trainings and focus groups)
  • $50/meeting (Youth Advisory Committee meetings)

Number of Positions available: 1-2

Reporting to: Professor Sarah Flicker, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

Sexfluent is the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)’s new online youth resource that addresses HIV and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) prevention for youth. The goal of the Sexfluent project is to understand what makes a successful online youth HIV resource in Canada. The project aims to learn about who is accessing the Sexfluent resource to determine its impacts on diverse groups of youth, and to identify strategies for reaching youth who are at the highest risk for HIV within Canada. 

Peer Researchers are integral for the development and goals of the Sexfluent project! As a Peer Researcher, you will:

  • Participate in the Youth Advisory Committee that will provide feedback on the Sexfluent research project 
  • Get training on how to conduct online focus groups IN ENGLISH
  • Facilitate two online focus group discussions IN FRENCH with youth from across Canada
  • Assist project researchers with analyzing the focus group data for key themes
  • Assist researchers with identifying key themes from the focus group data and participating in the data analysis process
  • Provide consultation for sharing the results of the Sexfluent project with broader youth communities

Peer Researchers will receive paid training in trauma-informed and anti-racist interviewing and facilitation techniques, coding and data analysis, and writing. Training is mandatory and will take place in-person in Toronto, Ontario. Other work and meetings will take place over zoom. Please see the details below regarding required eligibility and availability for this role. 


  • Must be a youth (between 16 and 29 years of age)
  • Ability to speak, read and write in English AND French fluently
  • We are prioritizing youth from key populations, including: 2SLGBTQIA+ youth; Indigenous youth; newcomer youth; racialized youth and youth from African, Caribbean and Black communities. We encourage you to self-identify in your application!

Required Availability

  • Participation in five Youth Advisory Committee meetings on Zoom starting in January 2023, and occurring throughout February, March, June and September 2023 (total of 5 meetings)
  • Two full-day in-person trainings in Toronto to take place in March, 2023 (8 hrs/day)
  • Two focus group facilitations to take place in March over zoom, 2023 (6 hrs)
  • Two full-day in-person trainings in Toronto to take place in April, 2023 

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Researcher for the Sexfluent project, please send a short cover letter detailing your eligibility, interest and experience to Bea Waterfield Resumes will be accepted until Jan 10, 2023.


Global Health & Humanitarianism, Global Health Foresighting, Planetary Health



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