Job Opportunity: Ethical Investments Researcher

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EDMONTON JOB OPPORTUNITY: ETHICAL INVESTMENTS RESEARCHER

Overview of the Position

The Palestine Solidarity Network (PSN) is hiring a temporary summer researcher to conduct primary and secondary research and produce a report which examines the financial holdings of the Universities Academic Pension Plan (UAPP), and where possible other investment holdings at the University of Alberta, as they pertain to companies involved in the occupation of the Palestinian territories and/or the ongoing suppression of the human rights of Palestinians.

This project is funded by The Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG).

About the Palestine Solidarity Network

The Palestine Solidarity Network is a non-profit, grassroots collective aimed at advocating and upholding the human rights of Palestinians in the face of ongoing oppression, occupation, racism and discrimination, both in occupied Palestine and in the diaspora. We maintain groups at both the community level, the Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton, and on the University of Alberta campus, the Palestine Solidarity Network – U of A.

Details of the Project

The research and report is part of PSN’s Ethical Investments, Human Rights, International Law, and University of Alberta Investments – Findings and Recommendations for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement at the University of Alberta project.

This project examines holdings of the Universities Academic Pension Plan (UAPP), and where possible other investment holdings at the University of Alberta, as they pertain to companies implicated in the ongoing occupation of the Palestinian territories, as well as the ongoing suppression of the human rights of Palestinians.

The research project and subsequent report will need to consider the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the UAPP’s obligations under international domestic law, and will also provide detailed information regarding key investments that could be deemed unethical (or illegal) and would be candidates for divestment. ‘Profiles’ of individual problematic holdings would be created and would include information on the company itself, information on how the UAPP (and where possible other investment holdings at the University of Alberta) is invested into this specific company, the company’s violations of human rights and international law, and other divestment actions that have been undertaken against this company. The research project will also forward a series of conclusions and recommendations for the University of Alberta administration, the University of Alberta Board of Governors, and the board of the UAPP. In addition, the project will outline a plan of action for divestment at the University of Alberta, as well as a communication strategy to share this information with the public, other campus groups, and the community at large.

Candidate Qualifications

The successful candidate must possess extremely strong research, writing, analytic and critical thinking skills. The successful candidate will also have: experience using library/research databases, a proven ability to work independently and meet deadlines, and a strong commitment to social justice principles. Creativity, experience volunteering or working with social justice organizations, knowledge of the occupation of the Palestinian territories, and familiarity with the University of Alberta and/or the Universities Academic Pension Plan (UAPP) and other university financial holdings are all assets.

Working Conditions

This is a temporary contract position with total remuneration of $2000. Hours of work and term are flexible and can be either full-time or part-time depending on the preference of the successful candidate, but the report must be completed by the end of August, 2010.

The successful candidate must have access to a home-based office.

The successful candidate will report to and be supervised by two members of PSN and will meet with project supervisors once every two weeks in order to chart progress/problems and discuss next steps on the project.

To Apply

Please apply electronically by sending your resume and a cover letter by noon on Friday June 4 to psnedmonton@gmail.com with the subject: Researcher Application.

While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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