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Would you like to intern with an organisation focused on corporate research and accountability for harmful impacts on people and the environment? 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 with and supported by a committed and energetic team?

SOMO and OECD Watch are offering a four- to six-month research internship within the OECD Watch network, preferably starting in September.

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.

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 work for the secretariat of the OECD Watch network. You will support the overall coordination and communications of the network. 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

  • You will assess the compliance of the National Contact Points (NCPs) of the OECD Guidelines with several key performance indicators generated by OECD Watch, to be presented to the OECD governments in Paris in the third quarter of 2019.
  • You will research one or more the following topics expected to be included in an anticipated revision of the OECD Guidelines in 2021/22: climate change, gender equality, land rights, protections for human rights defenders, supply chain due diligence and labour rights protections, artificial intelligence and business responsibility, and animal rights.
  • You will maintain a database with information on complaints submitted by NGOs to NCPs addressing corporate violations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
  • You will assist in communications for OECD Watch, to include emailing OECD Watch’s list serves and updating its website on cases and other developments within the OECD system, and supporting management of the OECD Watch twitter account.
  • 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

  • Affinity with the mission of SOMO and OECD Watch.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent command of English.
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to work independently and pro-actively, while also being a good team-worker.
  • Enrolment in a relevant bachelor or master study (law, human rights, international affairs, communications, etc.).
  • A work permit for the Netherlands.

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 Marian Ingrams at m.ingrams@somo.nl.

Please apply by the end of Sunday, 18 August 2019. Interviews will take place in the last weeks of August, for a start date in the first week of September.

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

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