Migrant Care Work and the Geopolitics of ‘Aging in Place’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Older people in Canada are increasingly reliant on (im)migrant home care workers to help them “age in place” (at home or in their communities). Despite this reliance, federal and provincial policies tend to ignore the unique experiences and contributions of these workers and they are often treated as temporary and disposable workers. Moreover, there are dwindling public resources allocated to support the expanding demand for home care provision. These challenges are exacerbated the COVID-19 crisis. Policy makers and migrant rights advocates need timely data and analysis to guide organized efforts to improve care for older people and working conditions for the immigrants who care for them, especially during a pandemic.

Taking Manitoba as a case study, this project collaborates with migrant justice organization, Migrante Manitoba, to achieve three objectives: (1) Document the experiences and working conditions of (im)migrant home care worker caring for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) Review relevant and influential policy and legislation around (im)migrant home care workers working with older clients; and (3) Bring these workers’ stories to community forums and sites of policy development to support efforts to improve formal care provision for older people and the working conditions for the (im)migrant care workers who take care of them.

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Position Title: Research Project Manager

Position Summary: Research project is entitled “Migrant Care Work and the Geopolitics of ‘Aging in Place’ during the COVID-19 Pandemic”, led by Mary Jean Hande and Diwa Marcelino (Migrante Manitoba). The project uses a participatory approach to examine the experiences of im/migrant care workers and relevant polices in the Manitoba context. Migrante Manitoba is a community organization that advocates for the rights and welfare of migrants. Dr. Hande is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging and the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University. We are seeking a part time Research Project Manager to assist with data and project management, as well as event planning and coordination.

Responsibilities:

  • Project administrative tasks, including budget and data management
  • Attending regular research team meetings
  • Planning and coordinating events, including a community-based policy forum in June 2022
  • Coding and collaborative analysis of interview and policy analysis
  • Help organizing and facilitating a provincial community policy forum
  • Possibilities for academic and non-academic publishing and presentations
  • Potential assistance with grant writing

Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and analytic skills—particularly in policy research
  • Experience with academic project management—specifically managing sensitive data, project planning and finances.
  • Ability to work independently and with academic and non-academic team members
  • Strong time management and communication skills
  • Familiarity with Manitoba-based immigration settlement and service organization a strong asset
  • Experience managing academic project budgets a strong asset
  • Experience with anti-racist, feminist, and/or migrant justice community-based research or community organizing a strong asset

Status:

Wage: $20hour plus 11.75% fringe benefits (vacation pay, CPP and EI, etc.) Contract: 10-15 hours/week (open to negotiation), April 2022 – September 2022. Position to begin soon after a successful candidate is selected. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: Dr. Mary Jean Hande at maryjean.hande@msvu.ca