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Would you like to intern with a research organisation focused on corporate accountability? Do you have a particular interest in promoting international standards or laws to secure more just trade policies and more responsible business conduct? Would you like to develop your skills in research, advocacy, and event planning by working within a committed and energetic team? SOMO and OECD Watch are offering a four- to six-month research internship within the Rights, Remedy and Accountability team.

Please apply by Sunday, 5 September 2021 for an internship start day in the week of Monday, 13 September 2021.

About SOMO and OECD Watch

SOMO is a research and network organisation founded in 1973. We investigate the adverse human and environmental consequences of multinational corporations’ activities and the impact of corporate globalisation. SOMO’s Rights, Remedy and Accountability team (RRA) seeks to address the global governance gaps that allow multinational corporations to operate with impunity. We push for stronger corporate accountability frameworks, including an international binding treaty on corporate accountability for human rights violations, improved national laws on corporate human rights due diligence, and improved soft law standards on responsible business conduct (RBC). We also support workers, communities, individuals, and civil society organisations in filing complaints to non-judicial grievance mechanisms.

OECD Watch is a network of civil society organisations whose secretariat is based within SOMO’s RRA team. OECD Watch is the official representative of civil society to the OECD’s Investment Committee, which is responsible for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (Guidelines), the leading global standard on RBC. Through supporting complaints filed by civil society to the Guidelines’ network of National Contact Point (NCP) grievance mechanisms and advising improvements to the Guidelines and related guidance, OECD Watch seeks to improve access to remedy for victims of corporate misconduct and strengthen international norms on corporate behaviour.

About the internship

During this internship, you will work for the OECD Watch secretariat. You will provide research, advocacy, event planning, and administrative support.

Key activities and responsibilities

  • You will help develop PowerPoint, graphic, and video tools to teach civil society about the OECD Guidelines, its complaint system, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, and related topics.
  • You will update an evaluation of each NCP and help create an improved (version 2.0) set of indicators against which to evaluate NCPs. You will liaise with SOMO’s web designer on how to revamp OECD Watch’s NCP Evaluations.
  • You will help prepare submissions for advocacy meetings and consultations at the OECD, particularly in relation to an anticipated revision of the Guidelines in 2022.
  • You will help members plan virtual workshops on the Guidelines, complaint-filing, and (gender) human rights due diligence.
  • You will help support a virtual event to launch advocacy regarding Brazil’s anticipated accession to the OECD.
  • You will help support communities filing complaints to NCPs and maintain a database of community-led NCP complaints.
  • You will support the OECD Watch secretariat with overall coordination of the OECD Watch network, including supporting communication with the public, members, and the network’s steering board, and helping develop an improved communications strategy.
  • You will help manage content creation and posting for the OECD Watch website.

Requirements

  • Affinity with the mission of SOMO and OECD Watch.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent command of English.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to work independently and proactively, while also being a good team worker.
  • Enrolment during the internship in a relevant bachelor or master study. Please note: SOMO cannot take on recent graduates no longer enrolled. SOMO can only engage as interns students enrolled in school during the internship.
  • Permission to work in the Netherlands.

We offer

  • An exciting internship in a fun and informal workspace based in Amsterdam. During Covid, work will likely be both remote and in-person at SOMO’s office.
  • Work experience in the NGO sector at an organisation with a large national and international network.
  • Critical but constructive supervision.
  • A stipend of €400 each month, on a 32-hours basis.
  • Travel cost reimbursement.

Interested?

Email your letter of interest and CV, along with an English writing sample, to Marian Ingrams at jobs@somo.nl.

Please apply by the end of Sunday, 5 September 2021.
Interviews will take place starting Wednesday, 8 September 2021.
We hope the candidate selected will be able to begin on Monday, 13 September 2021.

SOMO especially encourages candidates with an international and/or multicultural background to apply for this position.

For more information about OECD Watch, see www.oecdwatch.org.