Summary Description: The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is seeking an Associate Research Scholar starting July, 2018. The initial period of appointment will be for one year. The Associate Research Scholar will collaborate with the Director and Research Staff to execute the Center's applied research agenda, primarily in the domains of investment law and policy; investment in land and agriculture; and investment and human rights. Specifically, the incumbent will contribute to ongoing projects and research related to legal frameworks for promoting sustainable development and ensuring the protection of rights from global large-scale investments. This includes research on global norms, laws and policies, and the implications of each for sustainable development, community rights, rule of law, and human rights, among others. The incumbent will contribute to ongoing projects, including through project and advisory work, desk research, stakeholder consultations, organizing and facilitating events and trainings, maintaining contact with collaborators, and helping to develop materials for publications, among other possible activities. Research and writing responsibilities include conducting literature reviews, legal analysis and benchmarking studies on domestic and international legal regimes for foreign direct investment; mapping the institutional and policy landscape relevant to specific Center initiatives and goals; collaborating with external leaders, practitioners and scholars, including Government partners of CCSI; designing and organizing research-oriented conferences, seminars, trainings and workshops; working on the various publications, databases and other resources of the Center; writing papers, case studies and reports on center projects.
Minimum Qualifications: PhD, SJD, JD or LLM in Economics, Law, Development, or other related field, and more than three years of relevant experience. Relevant experience includes, but is not limited to, the ability to carry out collaborative research projects in domains related to the Center's work, such as foreign direct investment, sustainable development and/or investment law & policy. The position requires a willingness to learn new areas and to work in a highly interdisciplinary, flexible, and dynamic environment. Excellent interpersonal, organization, research and communication skills, required as well as high degree of initiative and independent judgment, motivation and ability to think strategically. The incumbent must be willing and able to travel.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with Governments on relevant fields of natural resource development strongly preferred. Fluency in English required and proficiency in a second language preferred.
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