Policy consultant on EU economic policy and EU network lead (m/f/d)

Bonn | starting immediately | full-time


The position will closely support the development and expansion of our activities in EU policy advice which evolve around 3 pillars:

  1. Creating a robust network and tools to spread new economic thinking into EU policy by designing argumentation toolboxes, research, event organization and the establishment of a research and policy network.
  2. Intervening into EU policy and empower advocates for systemic change by identifying intervention points, establishing trustful relationships with policymakers, organising co-creative multi-stakeholder events and advising high-level policymakers.
  3. Coordinating EU policy stakeholders by organising regular meetings for knowledge exchange and strategic alignment and training for civil society organizations and members of the European Parliament.

What we offer

We are a small team that attaches great importance to an appreciative atmosphere and good communication, further we offer:

  • a motivating working environment in a small think & do tank that has made it to the top of EU politics in a short space of time.
  • a strategic, agile, value and purpose oriented working style.
  • a dynamic organization that is entering the exciting phase of scaling up its activities.

With us you can help shape the long-term direction of the organization. As part of a motivated and impact-driven team you will carry out a variety of tasks, including:

  • Support in managing our EU policy networks with key stakeholders in both EU policy, civil society institutions and academia.
  • Establishment of a pool of research fellows on our core topics and coordination of advisory board meetings.
  • Identification of windows of opportunity for policy advice and monitoring of associated EU policy activities of the Commission, the Council and the Parliament
  • Development and writing of policy-briefs and advocacy material targeting mid to high-level policymakers in the European Commission.
  • Quantitative or/and qualitative research on our core topics like social, economic and environmental indicators, the European Semester, socio-economic cohesion, trade policy or fiscal policy.
  • Development and writing of project applications to acquire further third-party funding and scale our activities. This includes monitoring of project calls for proposals.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for people that share our core principles: Value orientation, sustainability, agility, self-responsibility and flat hierarchies. Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, economics, political science, political economy or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired through other demonstrable means
  • Several years of professional experience in academic policy advice, research or comparable fields, preferably on EU level.
  • Sound knowledge on political decision-making in the European Union
  • Good presentation skills and self-confident appearance when speaking to political decision-makers
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and preferably Native English speakers are highly welcomed to apply!

Furthermore, some of the following competencies fit well into our team (although they are not a requirement): contacts within European policy networks; expertise in one of our core topics like social and environmental indicators, the Stability and Growth Pact and the European Semester, socio-economic cohesion, trade policy or fiscal policy; experience in the acquisition of third-party funds; journalistic writing skills; knowledge of participative and co-creative processes, such as design thinking; design competencies.


The weekly workload is 40 hours whereby working hours can be arranged flexibly. The position will be filled for a duration of 18 months, starting as soon as possible. We wish for a regular presence in Bonn, with a minimum of three days a week. Pay will be based on the public sector collective agreement of the Länder. The gross wage will be around 54,000 € per year, depending on the competences. The position is intended to contribute to the long-term development of the organisation. For this reason, we aim for a permanent employment contract at the end of the contract period.


We believe that our society’s behaviour disproportionately hurts the most marginalized people – including people of colour, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We are committed to challenge this through our work for socially just development and by creating a diverse workplace at our organisation. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people who are members of marginalized communities.

Application procedure

We are constantly accepting applications. Please send your CV (max 2 pages), a motivation letter (400-500 words), a work sample (power points slides, publication or anything similar) to applications@zoe-institut.de. Please do not attach a photo to your application! Please state “Network Lead” in the subject line. If we consider your application to be suitable, we will get back to you as soon as possible after your application with dates for an online interview. In case of any questions please contact Jakob Hafele: Jakob.Hafele@zoe-institut.de

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