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Would you like to intern with an organization focused on corporate research and accountability for harmful impacts on people and the environment? Do you have a particular ambition to close governance gaps and overcome other (systemic) barriers to justice? Do you have a particular interest in learning about the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises? Would you like to develop your skills in research, communications, and advocacy working within and being supported by a committed and energetic team?

SOMO and OECD Watch are offering a four- to six-month research internship within the project Mind the Gap and the OECD Watch network starting in February / March 2020.

About SOMO and OECD Watch

SOMO is a research and network organisation founded in 1973. We investigate the consequences of multinational corporations’ activities and the impact of corporate globalisation, particularly on developing countries. This research should contribute to eradicating poverty and laying the foundations for sustainable and fair economic development.

Within the Mind the Gap project, SOMO works with civil society organisations in Brazil, DRC, Indonesia, and the occupied Palestinian territories to ensure that the human rights of communities and workers whose lives are affected by multinational corporations are respected and protected. Through collaborative action-oriented research, capacity development, advocacy, and engagement the project team aims to support partners in successfully countering the strategies employed by multinational companies to create, maintain and exploit governance gaps and other barriers to justice.

The OECD Watch network, hosted by SOMO, is a global network of civil society organisations with more than 130 members in over 50 countries. Members are bound together by their commitment to ensure that business activity contributes to sustainable development and poverty eradication; that corporations are held accountable for their negative impacts around the globe; that governments fulfil their duty to protect human rights; and that the victims of business-related abuse receive remedy. 

About the internship

During this internship you will be part of our Mind the Gap team. You will mainly work with our sub-team that takes up the work at international level. You will documented cases that demonstrate multinational companies use harmful strategies to avoid being held accountable for human rights abuses and environmental damages. As follow up to the international research you will contribute to mapping and developing CSO intervention and advocacy strategies meant to increase access to remedy for victims of corporate human rights abuses.

During this internship you will also work for the secretariat of the OECD Watch network. You will support the overall coordination and communications of the network. Specifically, you will help with analysing OECD Guidelines complaints filed by NGOs and updating our database that contains information on these complaints. You will also help conduct research on business and human rights topics expected to be included in an anticipated revision of the OECD Guidelines in 2021/22.

Key activities and responsibilities are expected to include the following:

  • You will collect and develop new case examples to be included on the research website mindthegap.ngo and upload these cases for online publication in WordPress
  • You will collect CSO intervention strategies and support in developing a toolkit to inform CSOs how to counter harmful strategies companies use to avoid being held responsible for human rights abuses;
  • You will collect and support in the development of supporting materials for CSO advocacy strategies towards governments aimed at bridging governance gaps that allow for companies to implement harmful strategies to avoid responsibility for human rights abuses;
  • You will prepare one or more research reports on the following topics expected to be included in an anticipated revision of the OECD Guidelines in 2021/22: labour rights, responsible business conduct for the technology sector, and/or procedural reforms to improve access to justice at National Contact Points (NCPs).
  • You will support development of a new database for complaints submitted by NGOs to NCPs addressing corporate violations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. You will also engage with NGOs filing complaints in order to help maintain updated information on complaints filed.
  • You will assist with additional ad hoc research and writing tasks, including short blogs and longer reports on trends in responsible business conduct, due diligence, and access to remedy via the NCPs.
  • You will support the overall coordination of the OECD Watch network, including organisation of coordination committee (steering board) meetings and involvement in project management.
  • You will help prepare submissions for OECD Watch’s advocacy meetings and consultations at the OECD.

Requirements

  • Enrolment in a relevant bachelor or master study (law, human rights, international affairs, communications, etc.). You MUST be currently enrolled as a student in order to be considered for an interview.
  • Affinity with the mission of SOMO and OECD Watch.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent command of English, including in writing.
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to work independently and pro-actively, while also being a good team-player.
  • Legal ability to work for the Netherlands.
  • Experience with using WordPress is an advantage

We offer

  • An exciting internship in a fun and informal workspace based in Amsterdam.
  • Work experience in the NGO sector at an organisation with a large national and international network.
  • Critical but constructive supervision.
  • A stipend of €400 per month, on a 32-hours basis.
  • Travel cost reimbursement.

Interested?

Email your letter of interest and CV, along with an English writing sample, to Virginia Sandjojo at v.sandjojo@somo.nl with reference to your first and last name in the subject of your email. Please apply by Sunday 24 January 2021.

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

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