Senior Researcher

We are in the midst of a global water crisis where one in four people don’t have the water they need. About 80% of health problems in countries in the Global South can be tied to inadequate access to safe water. Across the globe, where strong public water systems exist, they have been fundamental in meeting people’s most basic needs, improving public health, and providing economic opportunity. Yet, water bottlers and privateers are taking advantage of this problem by turning water into a commodity for their own profits rather than a public good, with corporations like Suez and Veolia leading the way.

Corporate Accountability International’s campaign to Challenge the Corporate Control of Water is ensuring a strong commitment to public water systems here in the U.S. and globally, challenging the World Bank’s promotion of water privatization, and advancing the human right to water through the United Nations.

The Senior Researcher will play a lead role in providing the information and analysis necessary to develop and carry out the Campaign to Challenge Corporate Control of Water. Their research will focus on documenting abuses of the private water industry, developing campaign strategies and tactics, and supporting the advancement of policies and international regulatory instruments to hold transnational corporations accountable for their abuses. The Senior Researcher will work in close partnership with the campaigns team and be responsible for gathering, analyzing and presenting information; fact-checking campaign and organizational materials; and maintaining relationships with key allied organizations.

Major Responsibilities:

Play a lead role in the development and implementation of strategies on the campaign to Challenge the Corporate Control of Water.

Conceptualize and conduct research and written analysis of transnational corporate activities and industry trends. Monitor and analyze developments in the private water industry.

Identify and build relationships with key organizational allies and experts. Represent the organization as a spokesperson and advocate at conferences, shareholders’ meetings, policy meetings, and expert gatherings.

Produce written reports and analysis for public distribution and internal purposes.

Ensure accuracy of campaign and fundraising materials. Assist in the drafting, fact-checking, and development of campaign materials and press statements.

Participate in organization-wide planning, fundraising and campaign activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to corporate accountability and social justice, with a global perspective.
  • At least 3 years experience in strategic corporate research, organizing, and/or advocacy, preferably at a campaign-oriented organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of corporate accountability issues.
  • Ability to plan and manage several projects at once.
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative analysis, including facility with spreadsheets.
  • Experience with fact-checking.
  • An ability to thrive in a fast-paced campaign environment.

Salary and benefits: Commensurate with experience, with a generous benefits package including health, dental, FSA, 401(k), ongoing training and leadership development opportunities. Positive, fast-paced, collaborative, and impact-oriented organizational culture.

Location: Campaign Headquarters, Boston, MA

To apply: Click Apply Now below. Attach your résumé to the online application, with your letter of interest, and 3-5 references to Sarah Bennett, Hiring & Training Director.

Posted: January 29, 2015

Corporate Accountability International is a member-powered, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization that protects human rights, public health, and the environment from corporate abuse around the world. Since 1977, the organization’s outsized impact has secured lifesaving victories in the face of overwhelming power, money, and influence.

Corporate Accountability International is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. People of color, women, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply to join more than 60 smart and driven staff and interns working in this dynamic organization, with a network of members and allies around the world.

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