Advocacy Lead



  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Salary: Salary between € 3,001 en € 3,538 gross per month on a full-time basis (40 hours/week), depending on relevant work experience.
  • Contract Type: One year contract, with possible extension for second year.
  • Closing Date: 21/10/2016

OECD Watch is recruiting an Advocacy Lead to oversee the development and implementation of a new campaign aimed at improving access to remedy for communities, workers, and individuals harmed by corporate misconduct.

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are one of the world’s leading multilateral corporate accountability standards. Despite the potential of the Guidelines’ unique grievance mechanisms system, called National Contact Points (NCPs), to provide effective access to remedy for victims of corporate related human rights and environmental abuse, OECD Watch has documented that this potential is far from being met.

Beginning in 2017, OECD Watch will launch a two-year campaign aimed at creating political and public pressure urging the OECD secretariat and governments adhering to the OECD Guidelines to measurably improve access to remedy through individual NCPs and agree to a process to review and revise the procedures governing all NCPs, known as the “Procedural Guidance.” The Advocacy Lead will be responsible for holding OECD Watch membership consultations at the national, regional and/or international levels in order to identify areas of synergy and collaboration, which will feed into the development of the campaign and communication strategies. The Advocacy Lead will then initiate, mobilize, and implement the collective action campaign.

As host of the OECD Watch network, this position will be hired by the Amsterdam based SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations), which hosts the network’s secretariat, and will report to the OECD Watch’s Coordination Committee and its members. The OECD Watch network is a global network with more than 100 civil society organizations in 50 countries working together to improve corporate accountability mechanisms in order to achieve sustainable development and enhance the social and environmental performance of corporations worldwide. While the position will ideally be based at SOMO’s office in Amsterdam, we may consider qualified candidates that would work remotely from outside of The Netherlands.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

-Work with the OECD Watch network to develop and agree upon a collaborative strategic advocacy and communications campaign aimed at reform of the Procedural Guidance.

-Coordinate and strengthen the OECD Watch network’s ability to implement an advocacy campaign through member outreach, consultation and technical support, while also implementing some of the campaign.

-Take responsibility for building the strategic relationships needed within the OECD, as well as a short list of ‘network campaigns’ who will act as our advocates at the highest levels of engagement;

-Work with the OECD Watch network to devise communication messages and materials based on the network’s positions;

-Serve as a spokesperson for the OECD Watch network at high-profile meetings with NCPs, government officials and the OECD.

-Occasional regional and international travel, including regular trips to the OECD in Paris.


-Relevant academic degree;

-At least 5 years of work experience;

-Proven experience with developing and implementing an advocacy or lobby-focused collective-action campaign;

-Experience in the coordination of international NGO networks;

-Strong strategic, diplomatic and analytical skills;

-Knowledge of non-judicial grievance mechanisms, the OECD, business and human rights issues.

-Demonstrable affinity with the work area of OECD Watch and SOMO;

-Excellent command of English, and preferably also French and/or Spanish;

-Excellent communication skills (verbal and written);

-Fundraising and project management experience;

-Independent and pro-active drive, while also being a strong networker with the ability to forge working relationships with a variety of people and organizations.

We offer:

-An exciting and challenging position working with an extensive international network;

-An informal work environment with the opportunity to develop;

-A 12-month contract with possibility of extension for a second year;

-Salary between € 3,001 en € 3,538 gross per month on a full-time basis (40 hours/week), depending on relevant work experience.

To apply:

Email your application to [email protected] by 21 October 2016. Applications should include your letter of interest and CV, along with a campaign-related document that you have written. We are aware that potential applications may have questions about the vacancy and the selection process. However, due to the significant number of expected applicants we regret we cannot answer all questions. Interviews for this position will take place during 24-28 October 2016.