Job offer: EU policy consultant on politics for sustainable lifestyles (full-time)

Bonn | starting immediately

The project

The project will translate research on sustainable living into ambitious and transformative policy at the EU level. It will build on the new opportunities around the European Green Deal combined with an effective and novel approach to advocacy. To contribute to make 1.5°C lifestyles possible, the project will:

  • Translate work on 1.5 Degree Lifestyles into EU policy by estimating lifestyle carbon footprint gaps in cooperation with partners and a meta-analysis on equity considerations involving experts in the field
  • Empower policymakers to take ownership for implementing ambitious policies into EU legislation by conducting desk research, organizing workshops, co-creative Policy Labs and personal coaching
  • Advocate for the inclusion of policy proposals in EU legislation g. the directive to “empower consumers for the green transition” and the “consumer agenda” by defining key stakeholders and processes, coalition building, writing policy briefs and contributions to stakeholder consultations
  • Define ways for effective communication with policymakers and disseminate project results through a communication strategy and a testing of framing options for communication in cooperation with partners

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 growing organization with room and interest for your ideas.

You will have the opportunity to carry out a variety of tasks in cooperation with a team of four colleagues, including:

  • Quantitative or/and qualitative research on structural, political, economic and individual changes necessary to enable 1.5 degree lifestyles in the hotspot areas nutrition, mobility and energy focusing on EU policy
  • Development of a political intervention strategy along policy goals, objectives, required changes and policy instruments
  • Development and writing of project applications to acquire further third-party funding to scale our activities
  • Concept development & co-organisation of workshops and events with key stakeholders in both EU policy, civil society institutions and academia.
  • Establishing the research area on sustainable lifestyles at ZOE

Who we are looking for

Value centred, sustainability, agility, self-responsibility and flat hierarchies are the core principles that guide our work. Therefore, we are looking for people who share these values and who want to make a difference. Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in sustainability sciences, economics, political science, political economy or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired through other demonstrable means
  • At least two years of professional experience in academic policy advice, research or comparable fields
  • Sound knowledge on the role of politics in enabling sustainable lifestyles or proof of the ability to acquire this knowledge in a timely manner.
  • Above-average skills in developing target group-specific texts and communication materials
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and preferably Native English speakers are highly welcomed to apply!
  • Good command of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Furthermore, some of the following competencies fit well into our team  (although they are not a requirement): experience in the acquisition of third-party funds; knowledge of formal and informal policy-making processes at EU level in particular consumer and economic policy; journalistic writing skills; knowledge of participative and co-creative processes, such as design thinking; contacts to European policy networks.


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. The position is intended to contribute to the long-term development of the organisation. For this reason, we aim for a permanent employment contract after this project.


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 (essay, publication, policy brief, press release, journalist article or something similar) to Please do not attach a photo to your application! Please state “Sustainable Lifestyles” 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 Jonathan Barth

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