Researcher or Senior Researcher, Climate Finance [Contract]


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SumOfUs is hiring for an experienced researcher! We are looking for someone to join our team and help advance our mission to hold corporations accountable, with a special focus on reforming the actions of corporations driving disinformation. This is a contracted position 30 to 40 hours per week beginning in June 2021, running through the end of 2021. The role can be undertaken by someone in a timezone between GMT, Central European Time or Eastern European Time.

This role will primarily focus on helping build a financial system that supports and contributes to a fair, democratic, and sustainable economy and will report to our climate finance project leader. This role will be responsible for identifying and researching climate and social issues focused on money and banking system accountability and regulation. You’ll conduct primary research, monitor and collect ongoing media coverage, and analyze data to help craft compelling narratives and media stories that contribute to impactful campaigns that cull the biggest financial institutions’ failures and reshape it as a force for good.

The ideal candidate has three to five years of strategic research experience, with at least two years in a rapid response environment and an understanding of European financial institutions. If you are passionate about using data to reform climate financing, then this is the role for you.

A bit about us

SumOfUs is a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new and sustainable path for our global economy. We are a movement of more than 15 million people, brought together by a global team of 35 campaigners, fundraisers, and operations staff who are passionate about creating a more caring, equitable society.

We are aiming to fundamentally reshape the global economy to put people and planet over profit, but we know we can not do it alone. We build partnerships with on-the-ground activists and organizers, and we follow their lead. We innovate, experiment and embrace professional and organizational growth. We invest in people and we invest in how we work, because our vision calls on us to build the most effective, global, diverse, and talented team possible.

We highly value a diverse team and an equitable work environment where every member of our team is set up to thrive. We have taken steps to nurture this environment including an Anti-Oppression Leadership Team that leads work to transform injustice within the organization. We expect all team members to take responsibility for co-creating an equitable work community where everyone is able to do impactful, world-changing work. We recruit and encourage people identifying with marginalized communities to apply.

What you’ll do as part of our team

  • In collaboration with the Climate Finance lead, identify and research issues focused on climate finance at European institutions (including the EU, EU Commission, European Central Bank, and central banks in key countries such as France, Germany, Belgium and the Bank of England);
  • Monitor and collect relevant information on news sites, social media channels as well as consulting a network of finance experts to help inform new and ongoing research projects;
  • Monitor and investigate opportunities to affect financing of climate impacting policies;
  • Collect and analyse data using a range of methods and put together fresh analysis;
  • Write and edit reports that assemble new research and analysis into a compelling narrative that can be used in advocacy with governments and banks, politicians and media;
  • Collaborate with partners and coalitions around new research and campaign opportunities, and manage relationships that advance SumOfUs’ goals on climate finance; and
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the project manager.

Skills and experiences you’ll need to bring:

We have no formal education requirements – if you can meet the responsibilities of the role and are willing to grow, that’s all that matters.

All roles at SumOfUs require you to be:

  • Dedicated to building a fairer and more sustainable global economy;
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive work community; and
  • Able to work remotely.

And, this role in particular will require you to:

  • Have experience of using a range of research tools to gather and analyse information and data and then, in collaboration with the campaign team, present this in a compelling format to be used in advocacy;
  • Have excellent research, analysis, evidence collection and organisational skills, with methodologies and processes able to withstand high levels of scrutiny (eg. journalists, lawyers, policy makers etc);
  • Be able to identify, deploy and often develop creative research methods and techniques that serve the goals of the climate finance project;
  • Excellent English writing skills to translate findings into reports and briefings that tell a compelling story that will persuade political decision-makers and/or banks to act;
  • Have a high-level understanding of EU institutions including the European Central Bank, EU Commission, and central banks at the national level throughout Europe;
  • Passion and resilience for deep and detailed online research during most of your day;
  • Have an understanding and true passion for climate issues, and the power of companies and financial institutions to act; and
  • Be proactive and keen to learn and develop new skills, new softwares, be flexible and solutions-oriented.

Big pluses

We know that no one can possibly have all these skills and experiences – you will likely be able to bring 2 or 3 of the following to our team:

  • Strong relationship building skills, able to forge and manage relationships with people and organizations working on similar issues or projects;
  • Have proven experience in online corporate accountability or finance research that has furthered an advocacy or media strategy;
  • Experience working on campaigns aiming to move political, financial or corporate actors; and
  • Fluency in languages besides English, particularly French.

How to apply

Please submit your application using the form on our website. Submit a resume or CV in English and instead of writing a traditional cover letter, answer these four questions in English:

  • Why are you applying for this job? (suggested word limit: 200)
  • Name one research idea that you would like to develop that could be pitched as a media story to show an opportunity to shift climate policy of a central bank. Briefly tell us how you would approach this task (suggested word limit: 300).
  • Name one technology you would like to experiment with using in your research work, and explain why (suggested word limit: 300).
  • List which of the “big plus” skills above you have, with a few words of explanation if that’s useful.

Applications will be open until May 31, 2021. However we will be reviewing and processing applications on a rolling basis and we encourage you to apply early.

Further details

Compensation is competitive and will be determined based on a combination of experience, seniority, and your location – ranging from $45-60 USD per hour.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and are committed to racial equity and social justice.

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