Harm Reduction Worker – Ref #2023-066

Harm Reduction Worker – Ref #2023-066

The objective of the Harm Reduction Worker is to support communities in the prevention of Infectious Diseases through Harm Reduction and Needle Distribution services. Harm reduction is an important initiative in order to respond to the high prevalence of prescription drug abuse and associated harms in First Nations remote communities, including sexually transmitted and blood borne infections.

The Harm Reduction Worker will be directly accountable to the Harm Reduction Coordinator.

Persons of First Nations ancestry will be given preference (OHRC, Part II, Special Employment)


  • Minimum Grade 12 or GED;
  • Valid driver’s license is required;
  • Vehicle available to use for transporting supplies
  • Previous experience in harm reduction and/or public health is an asset;
  • Understanding of the unique determinants of health for First Nations in northwestern Ontario, and the health landscape in which they seek services;
  • Active interest in harm reduction as it pertains to individuals who use substances;
  • Excellent planning, organization, time management, problem-solving, and decision-making skills;
  • Professional integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality is essential;
  • Experience working with both independently and in a team-orientated, collaborative environment is essential;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment;
  • Ability to develop and maintain respectful/cooperative relationships with First Nations people, communities, services stakeholders, and health care providers to promote an integrated seamless delivery of service;
  • Excellent written, verbal, and computer skills;
  • Ability to complete reports and documentation;
  • Experience and training in cultural competency with First Nations;
  • Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects within the Sioux Lookout Zone an asset;
  • Must be willing to travel.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that safe needle injection kits are packaged and available for distribution;
  • Order all harm reduction equipment, and ensure the process for ordering is done in a highly organized and efficient manner;
  • Receive and process harm reduction kit orders, and coordinate the packaging and shipping of kits to First nations communities in a timely manner;
  • Develop and maintain a stock management system and do regular inspections;
  • Collect and maintain data records on the distribution of kits (i.e. number of kits going to each community)
  • Ensure mechanisms are in place for communities to provide feedback on harm reduction services;
  • Increase community awareness about the availability of needle distribution and other harm reduction services;
  • Provide health promotion/education to regional partners, community members, and drug users on the function of the kits contents, harm reduction, safe disposal, and risks associated with unsafe drug use;
  • Support the development of awareness campaigns and materials around harm reduction.

Closing Date: Open till Filled

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