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Head of Policy and Economic Analysis
About the Forum New Economy
The Forum New Economy is a Berlin-based non-partisan platform launched in 2019 with the aim to accelerate the emergence of a new paradigm that leads to economically, socially and ecologically more sustainable prosperity. The Forum seeks to drive new approaches at the interface between academia and policy. It does so by promoting innovative research to respond to major challenges such as inequality, financial instability and climate change. The Forum informs current policy debates, by disseminating new insights, and by bringing together leading innovative academics with policymakers and a broader public in Germany and beyond.
The Forum works as an autonomous unit under the legal entity of the European Climate Foundation. It is also supported by the Mercator Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), as well as by a high-level group of academic partners. It is run by a Berlin-based bureau in which six full-time members are working in a highly dynamic team at the frontier between new thinking and policymaking.
About the role
As Head of Policy & Economic Analysis you will coordinate our efforts to identify relevant new economic approaches designed to practically solve the main challenges the Forum is working on, push innovative research and introduce it via the formats run by the Forum. You will build and sustain a network in the German and increasingly continental European economic advisory and policy making scene. You will communicate the Forum’s agenda, e.g. by participating in panel discussions or moderating events. Internally, you will work in close collaboration with the Director on the Forum’s strategy and programme. External representation may also include supporting the Forum’s fundraising efforts. You will work full-time in Berlin and report to the Forum’s Director.
Policy & Economic Analysis and Networking
- Ensure that the Forum is up to date on topical policy challenges and political debates related to the main challenges the Forum is working on
- Ensure that the Forum is up to date on main new developments and global research aiming at the renewal of economic thinking
- Maintain and expand the Forum’s network with the German policy making and political sphere in order to increase the involvement of relevant stakeholders from politics, media, and academia in the Forum’s activities; and eventually expand the network into relevant other continental European countries (France, Italy, Spain)
- Collaborate with the Director on building and maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders of the Forum with a focus on Berlin and Germany
- Represent the Forum and its agenda at events, incl. occasional lectures and talks or panel contributions on relevant topics
- Support the Director in representing the Forum towards existing and potential donors
Programme & Strategy
- Build and strengthen links to academia and take the lead in research projects
- Collaborate with the Director in developing, implementing and continuously refining the Forum’s strategy and focus
- In the medium term, build up and expand the Forum’s research capabilities and capacities (including increasing inhouse research).
Experience and competencies
- At least five to seven years of work experience in research, policy analysis or policy advisory with a focus on new economic approaches
- Excellent knowledge of current global, European and German discourses including new answers to main challenges like inequality and climate change as well as the renewal of the role of the state, globalisation, financial markets and fiscal policy
- Sound knowledge of new approaches in economics and economic policy
- Deep knowledge of the German political sphere and policy making process including an existing network spanning a wide political spectrum
- Contacts to relevant donors and experience with fundraising are welcome
- Operative management experience and personnel responsibility is a plus
- Fluent in German and English (both spoken and written); other languages are an asset
- Prior experience in moderating and participating in panel discussions
- Ability to work well under pressure, take initiative and be a creative problem solver
- Readiness to travel as needed
What we offer
- An intellectually challenging position that will allow the chosen candidate to be part of a highly exciting and politically relevant challenge
- The option to build up and expand an internal research group and thereby, in alignment with the Director, shape the Forum’s research agenda
- Competitive salary
- An excellent work atmosphere in the heart of Berlin
How to apply
Please upload your CV and a short cover letter via the online portal.
Candidates need to be in the possession of a work permit for the work location if applicable.
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