About Us: Corporate Watch is a small independent research group run as a workers' cooperative and based in London, UK. We conduct research and analysis to expose the mechanisms by which corporations operate and the negative effects they have on society and the environment. We have been doing this since 1996; not only raising awareness of the destructive impact of corporations, but providing incisive and timely information to activists and campaigners. Please see our website for more information on our projects: www.corporatewatch.org About the Roles: Corporate Watch is looking for two new people to join the coop from January or February 2010. Having identified climate change and banking as two areas on which to focus our future work, we are recruiting one researcher to work on issues surrounding climate change and one to focus on banking and financial systems. Although we are primarily recruiting people interested in working on one of these two areas, we are open to suggestions for other areas of research. In any event, the roles will not be limited to work on climate change or banking because we work collectively on other research and outreach projects. You will therefore always have the opportunity to work on diverse issues. Both positions will involve helping with the day-to-day running of the co-op, which includes administrative tasks, fundraising and conducting outreach, from running stalls to giving workshops. The research element will involve both an individual research project, primarily on climate change or banking, and involvement with the collective projects of the co-op, such as contributing to our newsletter and news updates, as well as being involved with our collective research projects. At present, members either work full-time (30 hours per week) or part-time (16-24 hours per week). We are flexible regarding how many hours new people will work and are happy to discuss how many hours would suit you. What we are looking for: Ideally, we would like to work with people who: Have research and writing skills.
Have initiative and ideas for research projects.
Have experience of grassroots campaigning and taking direct action.
Are connected to activist networks in the UK and/or abroad.
Are willing to share general office tasks such as answering general enquiries, doing stalls at events and giving workshops.
Are willing to work cooperatively by consensus decision-making.
Are willing to work from London.
Are able to work for a low wage. How to apply: If you are interested, please send us your CV; a short (500 word approx.) sample of your writing, preferably on a related theme, such as climate change or another campaign or politico-economic issue; and a short paragraph describing why you would like to work at Corporate Watch: your motivations for being involved with corporate-critical research. If you do not already have any examples of work available, please write a short (500 words approx.) research-based piece on an aspect of corporate power. Unfortunately, ours is a second floor office and is not accessible to people who cannot climb stairs. If you are interested in applying and have a disability which means our office will not be accessible to you, please let us know and we will arrange an interview elsewhere and discuss the possibilities of home-working or finding a suitable location for you to work. Deadline for applications: Monday 14th December 2009 Interviews will be held between Monday 11th January and Friday 15th January 2010. Please call us on 0207 426 0005 or email us at contact [at] corporatewatch.org, if you have any questions. Application should be sent to: contact [at] corporatewatch.org or,
c/o Freedom Press
84B Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX We will contact you before the winter break regarding whether you will be invited to an interview.