New Economic ThinkingNetwork & Strategy Lead (f/m/d)

Zoe Institute for future-fit economies

ZOE, the Institute for Future-fit Economies, is an independent think & do tank based in Cologne founded in 2017. We are dedicated to policy-oriented research and evidence-driven advocacy for a future-fit economy. At the interface of politics, research, and civil society in the EU, we develop impulses for an economy that enables people to live well within planetary boundaries. We are a small but rapidly growing team that values 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
  • Flexibility of working time and place, supporting a healthy work-life-balance
  • A dynamic organization that is in the exciting phase of scaling up its activities

As part of a motivated and impact-driven team you will carry out a variety of tasks, including:

  • Facilitation and moderation of diverse events convening the ecosystem of actors working on new economic thinking in Germany
  • Community organising, relationship building and trust building between and with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Development and writing of policy-briefs, advocacy material, and public communications (e.g. press releases, blogs, etc.) targeting public media channels, policymakers Germany, and other peer organisations
  • Project management tasks related to the management and operations of our projects and the responsibility to lead and motivate a team

The specific set of priority tasks and responsibilities will be decided together based on the list above and the selected candidate's specific background and skills.


We are looking for people that share our core principles: value orientation, sustainability, agility, self- organisation, and are impact-driven. Your profile would include the following skills, background, and knowledge:

  • At least 5 years of professional convening diverse actors, building relationships and facilitating multistakeholder collaboration
  • Master’s degree in economics, political economy, political science, sociology or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired through other demonstrable means
  • At least 2 years of experience managing or coordinating projects or teams
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (written and verbal) explaining complex ideas to diverse audiences
  • Background knowledge on some New Economic Thinking themes and challenges, in particular those currently in the public debate
  • Native-level fluency in written and spoken German, and working proficiency in English

In addition, some of the following competencies fit well into our team, but are not a requirement for this position: contacts within German policy networks, an academic track record on heterodox economics, experience in the acquisition of third-party funds and knowledge of participative and cocreative processes, such as design thinking.

The weekly workload is 40 hours whereby working hours can be arranged flexibly. The position can start as soon as possible, but at the latest by the 1st of February. We wish for a regular presence in Cologne or Berlin, however we support a hybrid work environment. Candidates should be willing to commute around once per month to our office in Cologne and to meetings in Berlin. The gross wage will be €3,700-€5,000 per month, depending on the competences and experience. The contract will be for one year initially, however, the position is intended to contribute to the long-term development of the organisation. For this reason, we aim for a longer-term fit and possibilities.

We are aware that in our society members of the most marginalised groups are excluded and disadvantaged. We are therefore committed to helping improve this situation through our work for socially just development and by creating a diverse workplace. To do this, we strongly encourage applications from people who are members of marginalised groups -non-white people, working-class people, women, and members of the LGBTQ community, among others.

Zoe Institute for future-fit economies
Norbertstr. 31
50670 Köln
Jacqueline Mucha
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