Research Assistant – Global Criminal Mining Report

Organization Summary: 

One Earth Future (OEF) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization with a vision of developing effective systems of governance to achieve a world beyond war, leading to our tagline “Peace Through Governance.” As an operating foundation, OEF focuses on both researching and developing ideas, and implementing those ideas through practical programs. One Earth Future is an international, fully-funded operating foundation, focused on eliminating conflict through better governance structures.

The Shared Resources Program
Shared Resources is focused on the nexus between armed conflict, extractives development, and local participation. The central objective of the program is to promote the participation of local stakeholders in extractives development to reduce the risk of violence and armed conflict. Shared Resources will accomplish this by collaborating with local actors, leveraging access to information and expertise that adds value to local efforts, and by promoting and facilitating dialogue and cooperation across sectors. In Colombia, where Shared Resources is establishing an operational presence, illegal gold mining and associated criminal activities have been and continue to be a key driver to the armed conflict. Understanding these dynamics and how they could be shifted towards legal, peaceful, and sustainable practices, therefore, is critical to the success of Shared Resources’ contribution in Colombia.

Background on the Project
The aim of this study is to provide an account of initiatives used to address the challenges of criminal activity in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) or ‘criminal mining’. The study will identify the suite of approaches being implemented globally, along with the initiatives and actions that have been or are being taken by actors at the local level, including communities, local government, civil society organizations, and others. In so doing, the study aims to serve two key purposes:

  1. To provide the Shared Resources’ field-based team with insights that will assist with its work in North Cauca, Colombia, where criminal gold mining is a key driving factor in the conflict that exists within and among local communities, as well as between local communities/actors and armed non-state actor groups;
  2. To provide a unique opportunity for Shared Resources to fill a gap within the body of global knowledge on how local communities / actors have fared against this challenge and tackled its impacts.
Primary Role: 

Shared Resources is looking to hire entrepreneurial, inquisitive, and detail-oriented researchers for a 3-4 month temporary period, working approximately 15-20 hours a week. The Research Assistants will provide research support for the global criminal mining project and perform tasks including: conducting reviews of previously published research; collecting new data; entering, compiling, and assisting with analysis of qualitative and quantitative data; maintaining records; and contributing to the authorship of the global criminal mining case studies and overall publication. The Research Assistant is responsible for completing assignments in a timely fashion and being a productive member of the research team. The Research Assistant reports to the Shared Resources Project Manager.

Reports To

Project Manager, Shared Resources