Are you concerned about the looming climate crisis and critical of how powerful corporations that got us into this crisis are now seeking to ‘lead’ an unjust energy transition that will further entrench their interests? Are you committed to instead working towards a truly socially and environmentally just future? Are you a curious person who loves to disentangle complex information and make it understandable? And are you interested in collaborating with researchers, activists, advocates and civil society partners from all over the world? Then we are looking for you!
SOMO is currently seeking a researcher to strengthen our climate justice team. This role is primarily focused on exposing how the current corporate-led energy transition employs the same extractivist, exploitative, neoliberal and neo-colonial logic as the old fossil fuel model. In collaboration with civil society partners that work on social, ecological and economic justice, you will conduct innovative research aimed at challenging the power of corporations and other actors that are benefiting from the unjust energy transition. Your research will also contribute to the development of alternatives that centre the well-being of people and the planet.
SOMO investigates multinationals. Independent, factual, critical and with a clear goal: a fair and sustainable world, in which public interests outweigh corporate interests. We conduct action-oriented research to expose the impact and unprecedented power of multinationals, to promote fundamental changes in our economic system, and to stop and reverse the harms done by multinationals. Cooperating with hundreds of organisations around the world, we ensure that our information arrives where it has the most impact: communities, courtrooms, civil society organisations, media, politicians and more.
In recent years, SOMO has grown from a small-scale organisation to a non-profit organisation with about 35 employees who work to contribute to a fair, just and sustainable world. The majority of SOMO’s staff work from our Amsterdam office, and collaborate with partners across all regions of the world.
The work culture at SOMO can be described as open, democratic and informal. Employees are engaged, passionate, and focused on collaboration. We are ambitious, critical, and motivated by a drive to contributing to a fair and just world.
SOMO is organised in several expertise teams: Climate Justice (of which you will be a part), Commodities and Sustainable Chains, Tax and Economic Justice, Corporate Research, Advocacy and Networks, Communications, Operations, and Management. SOMO also hosts and participates in several national and international civil society networks.
Job description and purpose
SOMO is looking for an experienced climate researcher with expertise in investigating multinational corporations and involvement in the climate justice movement. You are expected to carry out intersectional projects together with civil society organisations from different parts of the world and to organize careful processes to enable this collaboration in an inclusive way. These research projects are often a combination of qualitative methods to research the impacts and strategies of multinationals, literature research, and research on supply chains and corporate structures. You understand well how power and transformative processes work, have excellent communication skills, and are able to cooperate and work in a multi-cultural team. We are looking for someone with a strong vision on climate justice, the political and economic changes needed to get us there, and on the role of corporations in a socially and environmentally just future.
- Carry out research on structures (corporate, capital, ownership), supply chains, corporate finances, and business operations using specialised databases and open source data, company filings, as well as corporate and media reports
- Explore and use innovative research methods to document social and environmental impacts caused by multinational corporations, particularly mining and energy companies
- Produce clearly written, properly sourced and thorough text presenting the research findings and recommendations for a varied audience that can contribute to supporting partners in their demand for justice, remedy, and/or to end harmful projects
- Generate and use corporate research data to develop data visualisation tools
- Connect your research to that of other SOMO projects and team to develop an overarching narrative that challenges the economic model of the energy transition
Key skills and experience
- A graduate or post-graduate qualification in a relevant field or work experience that has generated a similar knowledge level
- Substantial experience in carrying out technical research on companies, including on their structure and finances and an ability to critically analyse business operations
- Good understanding of the global political and economic power relations, especially between the Global North and South, relevant to climate justice
- Experience in working with partner organisations internationally in a collaborative way
- Proven research, writing, and analytical skills
- Experience in working with data tools, large data sets, and/or data visualization approaches
- Good understanding of corporate actors, the strategies they use and the system in which they operate
- Excellent communication and interpersonal and intercultural skills
- Excellent speaking and writing skills in English, other languages are an asset
- A strong team player able to work with a dynamic team of colleagues within and outside SOMO
- An exciting and challenging position within a feisty, Amsterdam-based organisation with a large national and international network
- An informal and dynamic work environment with the opportunity to undertake new initiatives
- We initially offer a one-year contract of 32 to 36 hours a week (0.8-0.9 fte), with the intention to make the contract permanent after this year
- A gross monthly salary between €4.050 and €5.774, based on 40 hours a week, depending on experience.
- Good benefits including paid leave, holidays, a good pension and additional end of year bonus payment
- Good professional schooling and development possibilities
- Location: we have a preference for the candidate being able to work out of the Amsterdam office regularly; possibly open to locations within the EU.
Please send your application (your letter of interest and CV in English, with one example of a publication you have authored) by e-mail before 10 April 2023.
SOMO believes in the power and necessity of a diverse and inclusive organisation. We are striving for more diversity and better representation of people with different backgrounds in our team.
Acquisition in response to the vacancy is not appreciated.