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  • Eyes on Trade is a blog by the staff of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch (GTW) division. GTW aims to promote democracy by challenging corporate globalization, arguing that the current globalization model is neither a random inevitability nor "free trade." Eyes on Trade is a space for interested parties to share information about globalization and trade issues, and in particular for us to share our watchdogging insights with you! GTW director Lori Wallach's initial post explains it all.

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June 10, 2009

Work for (a) Change, with GTW

Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division is hiring for several positions, including for a researcher/blogger, media/communications person, and a deferred or outplaced law associate (if you don't know what this is, it's not you)! The most exciting part of this job? You get to work with the glamorous Eyes on Trade posse.

Please circulate to people you know who may be interested. More details are after the jump.

Job Title Trade and Financial Researcher
Group Global Trade Watch
Job Description

General Description

A key element of Global Trade Watch'ss work is research, analysis and writing that makes accessible to the public the operations and outcomes of the instruments implementing the current model of globalization, such as the WTO, NAFTA and similar tradeagreements. The Trade and Finance Researcher will research and write reports, fact sheets and other materials on an array of globalization-related issues in conjunction with Global Trade Watch's programs focused on stopping expansion of the NAFTA/WTO model and promoting an alternative trade and globalization agenda. The Researcher will take a lead on some such projects and will work as part of a research team on others. The Researcher will also help conduct investigations and participate in research and writing projects for GTW's innovative new program analyzing the implications of WTO financial deregulation requirements on global and domestic finance re-regulation initiatives aimed at solving the current crisis. The Researcher is supervised by and works closely with GTW's Research Director and other senior staff to develop and carry out research project plans and outreach to researchers, policymakers and others.


Specific Responsibilities

  • Research, analyze and write about prominent globalization and trade-related policy matters including:
    • Investigating and documenting the effects of our current trade and globalization model on the public, economies, governance systems, and environmental, health, safety and other public interest policies of the

      United States

      and other countries (especially developing countries).
    • Researching and writing about U.S. political and policy issues, including financial service regulation, the safety of imported food and products, the role of trade issues in elections, trade agreement conflicts with climate and health reform initiatives, and more.
    • Analyzing and creating accessible materials revealing little-known provisions of trade agreements with significant impacts on important social and economic policies.
    • Evaluating prominent financial reform and banking and other financial service regulatory proposals aimed at addressing the global crisis including congressional legislation, Obama administration proposals and proposals of leading consumer advocates and the financial services industry and analyzing their compatibility with existing trade agreement obligations.

  • Blog about these matters 1-2 times a day.
  • Organize vast amounts of quantitative and political data (ranging from trade balance statistics to congressional “scorecardsâ€) and translate that data into easy-to-use formats for the Global Trade Watch team and website, Congress, press and allied organizations.
  • Assist in outreach to leading advocates and researchers interested in these matters.
  • Assist in organizing briefings of researchers, policymakers and other potentially interested parties around release of short reports and papers. Attend conferences and meetings that bring together such advocates and researchers.
  • Maintain GTW’s internal research library (in both electronic and physical formats).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

1.          Education:  College degree in Economics or closely related field required. Advanced degree preferred.

2.          Knowledge: Familiarity with financial regulatory policy desirable. Knowledge of legal trade terms and trade law concepts very helpful.

3.          Work Experience: At least 2-3 years research, policy analysis and writing experience.

4.          Skills: Strong research and policy analysis skills. Ability to organize vast amounts of quantitative and political data into easy to use formats, including maintaining our internal library (both electronic and physical). Ability to understand global economic issues and to communicate them effectively. Excellent written and oral communication skills; well organized; good computer skills, including proficiency in Word, and with database programs (particularly STATA, Excel, etc.). 

5.          Capabilities:  Ability to work well with a wide range of people, work well under pressure, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis. Must be highly organized, detail oriented and able to delve into complex policy analysis. Interest in and capacity for understanding technical aspects of trade negotiations and agreements crucial as well as the ability to translate this information in a way accessible to potentially impacted organizations/sectors. Should be able to anticipate and address counterarguments to GTW’s point of view (and tough questions from GTW senior staff) before they are publicly articulated by our opponents.

6.          Conditions:  Enthusiasm for the public interest. Interest in developing new skills, especially in the fields of trade and financial regulatory law. Some travel may be required.


Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply. Public Citizen employees are proud members of SEIU Local 500.

 

To apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to applicant@citizen.org.  No phone calls.





Job Title Press Officer
Group Global Trade Watch
Job Description

General Description: Global Trade Watch's mission is to ensure that in this era of globalization, a majority have the opportunity to enjoy America's promises: economic security, a clean environment, safe food, medicines and products, access to quality affordable services such as health care and the exercise of democratic decision-making about the matters that affect their lives. The Press Officer works with the Director and Deputy Director to plan and implement media outreach strategies for national, international, regional and local issue and legislative campaigns. The Press Officer is based at Global Trade Watch's Washington, D.C. headquarters and works with Global Trade Watch's D.C. team, field staff across the country and allied organizations and policymakers in the U.S. and abroad.

Specific Responsibilities:

1.          Conduct free and paid media activities, including proactive pitching of stories, columns and editorials; organizing press teleconference calls and press conferences; distribution of research and related materials; responding quickly to inquiries; and press data research and maintenance.

2.          Develop and maintain relationships with key reporters, producers, bookers, opinion leaders and editors, including organizing regular one-on-one meetings, press luncheons, briefings, and editorial board meetings;

3.          Implement programs to maintain constant information flow to these contacts including blast emails and mailings of pertinent information, preparation and distribution of regular editorial memos and other materials and regular editorial board mailings.

4.          In consultation with Director and Deputy Director, develop GTW’s media and communications strategy with the goal of enhancing overall capacity and maximizing the effectiveness of the communications components of each legislative or issue campaign.

5.          Organize and coordinate press conferences, briefings and other media events, including serving as media strategist for coalition events around the country, including news conferences for the release of reports in Washington and in the field.

6.          Obtain radio and television bookings and place op-eds.

7.          Supervise the field department's media outreach efforts, including tours, events, news conferences and editorial board visits around legislative and state and local campaigns.

8.          Write press releases, editorial memos, letters to the editor and op-eds in coordination with Research Director and Deputy Director.

9.        Monitor trade press news daily and serve as media filter of relevant news and information to staff.

10.        Maintain media databases and press information distribution systems with assistance by administrative staff.

11.        Work with Deputy Director and web manager to ensure that GTW’s website is up-to-date in content relevant to press.

12.        Write media related posts for GTW’s blog, Eyes on Trade. Monitor prominent blogs for trade related entries and coordinate responses.

Requirements:

1.          Education:  Bachelors degree.

2.          Work Experience: Position requires a minimum of 2-4 years experience in communications or journalism dealing with legislative or issue campaigns.

3.          Knowledge: Familiarity with national media; Relationships with national political or business reporters and/or working knowledge of trade and globalization issues a plus.

4.          Skills: Ability to coordinate multifaceted media campaigns and supervise a team for media outreach work; and proven experience in developing and executing media strategies. Excellent interpersonal, writing and verbal skills are required.

5.          Capabilities: High energy and enthusiasm. Ability to work well with a wide range of people, work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis. Excellent phone demeanor.

6.          Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. 

Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer. Public Citizen employees are proud members of SEIU Local 500.

To apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to applicant@citizen.org.  No phone calls.




Job Title Deferred or Outplaced Law Associate
Group Global Trade Watch
Job Description

General Description

Global Trade Watch (GTW) seeks a Deferred/Outplaced Legal Associate to conduct legal analysis and advocacy with respect to proposed responses to the global financial crisis and the expansive trade agreement financial service deregulation obligations that are a contributing cause to the current meltdown. The Legal Associate will conduct legal research on international and domestic re-regulation initiatives for the financial services sector and analyze the compatibility of such proposals with the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) Financial Services Agreement (FSA) and General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The legal associate will be part of a team conducting a Ford Foundation-funded project that will develop legal analyses of

U.S.

 and other countries’ existing WTO financial service obligations and proposals for amendments to the WTO legal texts to restore policy space necessary for re-regulation. GTW is connected with the leading international and domestic scholars, policymakers and advocates engaged in the financial reform debate, meaning that the lawyer filling this position will be at the center of the intense domestic and international debates about the relationship between existing international commercial agreements and various reform proposals being promoted to address the global financial crisis. GTW's relationships with

U.S.

congressional leaders and policymakers in countries playing prominent roles in this debate mean that the legal analysis and WTO reform proposals developed by the Legal Associate will become part of the policymaking process here and abroad.

Global Trade Watch: The mission of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division is to ensure that in this era of globalization, a majority have the opportunity to enjoy America's promises: economic security, a clean environment, safe food, medicines and products, access to quality affordable services such as health care and the exercise of democratic decision-making about the matters that affect their lives.


Public Citizen started working on globalization and trade issues in 1991 when we recognized that we needed to do so simply to remain effective with respect to the public health, consumer safety, environmental and economic justice goals Public Citizen had promoted over decades. Motivating this strategic initiative was our realization that today's international commercial agreements, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), implementing the current corporate-led form of globalization were no longer mainly about trade per se. Rather these far-reaching agreements were a system of global governance that provided backdoor delivery mechanisms for expansive enforceable policies designed explicitly to limit government's role in regulating the economy and to eliminate many of the public interest safeguards Public Citizen and like-minded public interest organizations and activists had won over decades.


Since its inception in 1995, GTW has been a leader in popularizing the trade debate by connecting seemingly arcane tradepolicies to the people's everyday experiences and helping people make a difference in the future of globalizationby giving them the tools they need to become informed and active in critical policy decisions. We have employed innovative legal strategies to fight for the application of fundamental

U.S.

procedural and access guarantees to the trade agreement negotiations, approval and implementation.

A significant aspect of our work is technical legal analysis of ‘trade’ agreements and their implications with respect to other

U.S.

 laws and policies. Our current work on the financial crisis is an exciting example of the cutting-edge role Global Trader Watch plays. Amidst breathless calls for expansive new global financial services regulation to address the global economic crisis now issuing from all quarters is a seeming total lack of awareness that most of the world’s countries are bound to expansive WTO financial services deregulation requirements. The WTO’s Financial Services Agreement (FSA) locked in domestically and exported internationally the model of extreme financial service deregulation most analysts consider a prime cause of the current crisis. Deregulation (not only liberalization) of the financial service sector – including banking, insurance, asset management, pension funds, securities, and more – is among the most important, but least discussed, aspects of the WTO.   Effectively addressing the crisis will require significant changes to existing WTO rules. This is work Global Trade Watch is now undertaking through a special Ford Foundation grant.

For more information, please see our website: www.citizen.org/trade.


Specific Responsibilities


  • Working in consultation with GTW's Director (a lawyer) and Research Director (an economist), prepare a comprehensive analysis of current U.S. WTO financial services deregulation obligations, translating specific technical legal language in U.S. General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) schedules of commitments and exceptions into understandable and concise language. Provide the legal analysis and technical support for creation of an accessible primer providing an introduction to the WTO financial service deregulation regime geared towards those familiar with financial service regulation, but unfamiliar with WTO law and policy.

  • Legal analysis of prominent reform proposals being developed to address the global financial crisis including

    U.S.

     congressional legislation, Obama administration proposals, proposals generated by the G-20 and the United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development and proposals of leading consumer advocates and the banking industry.

  • Prepare legal memoranda that provide accessible analysis of the WTO rules implications for various prominent reform proposals including, but not limited to, the Troubled Asset Relief Program and Auto Industry Recover Plan.

  • Working with GTW's Director and Research Director, prepare a legal memorandum for use by WTO member country

    Geneva

    delegates that enumerates the specific legal amendments required to various existing WTO agreements so as to reopen the policy space necessary for the various re-regulation plans being promoted by the G-20, UN and

    U.S.

    and other governments.

  • Working with GTW's Director and Research Director, prepare a comprehensive legal analysis of the financial service deregulation and liberalization legal requests and offers now on the table in the on-going Doha RoundWTO expansion negotiations. Legal memos related to this legal analysis will inform the WTO's Geneva Ministerial summit schedule for November 30-December 2, 2009,the 10-year anniversary of the Seattle WTO Ministerial protests.

  • Outreach to leading legal advocates and researchers involved in the various processes underway to establish new international and

    U.S.

    investment and financial service policies aimed at re-regulating the financial industry to explain potential WTO implications and proposals for reform.


  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

1.          Education:  Juris Doctor required.

2.          Knowledge:  Familiarity with financial regulatory and consumer law desirable. Knowledge of WTO, the GATS and trade law concepts very helpful.

3.          Experience:   Clinical, journal, classroom or legal associate experience requiring legal analysis of statutes, regulations, trade agreement provisions or rulings, and/or financial service transactions or regulation.

   4.        Skills: Strong legal research skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; self motivated; excellent interpersonal skills; well organized. 

5.          Capabilities:  Interest in and capacity for learning and understanding technical aspects of trade agreements crucial as well as the ability to conduct cross-textual analysis and translate this information into prose accessible to different audiences - from non-experts to WTO negotiators. Ability to debate and advocate public interest reform proposals based on highly technical legal issues and analysis in public fora.  Ability to anticipate and address counterarguments to GTW’s point of view (and tough questions from GTW senior staff) before they are publicly articulated by our opponents.   Ability to work well with a wide range of people, work well under pressure, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis. Ability to network assertively with other advocates and policymakers. Must be organized and detail oriented.

6.          Conditions:  Travel required. Enthusiasm for the public interest. Interest in developing new skills, especially in the fields of trade and financial regulatory law.



To apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to applicant@citizen.org. Include Deferred/Outplaced Law Firm Associate, Global Trade Watch in the subject line. No phone calls.

People of color, women, LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply.

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