Network Facilitator for the Funders for Sustainable Living Network (F4SL)

Hot or Cool Institute is a non-profit think tank researching cutting-edge action for fair, prosperous and sustainable societies. We bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers and actors such as funders to co-create radical approaches to wicked global problems.


Role description

We are searching for a passionate and thoughtful Network Facilitator to work with the Development Director in leading the Funders for Sustainable Living Network (F4SL) – an open network promoting ambitious action for radically equitable and sustainable ways of living. We embrace a diversity of approaches while advocating for higher ambition levels, informed by the 1.5 Degree Lifestyles research programme: an equity-based approach to give the 1.5 Degree target a reasonable chance of being achieved – by keeping per capita consumption emissions below 2.5 tons per year by 2030 and 700kg per year by 2050.

The F4SL network provides collegial support, motivation and expert knowledge to members in exploring the enormity of this challenge. You can access our 2020-2021 report here: F4SL network report 2020-2021.

The Network Facilitator will also take the lead in setting up a new Innovation Fund to explore the overlooked theme of overconsumption, in a way that opens space for philanthropy to increase ambition in this area. This pooled funding mechanism will enable funders to participate in experimental work in the field of “limits to consumption”, which is currently controversial and relatively unexplored.

Objectives for the next year of work are:

  1. Raised ambition level of philanthropic work in the field of sustainable living.
  2. Additional funding for projects that tackle overconsumption; larger and more diverse network of motivated funders.
  3. New collaborations; Deeper knowledge and understanding of sector.
  4. Shifting attitudes in leadership; Funding of work that was formerly “too radical”.

Key responsibilities

Network Facilitation

  • Designing events and processes to develop the network´s capacity for catalysing systemic change towards funding for sustainable living.
  • Researching key themes and identifying appropriate expert speakers, partner organisations and opportunities.
  • Creating inviting workshops and building relationships with new members.


  • Creating resources including reports, blogs, newsletters and videos that create impact and challenge thinking.
  • Engaging members and partners to ensure needs are met and opportunities for action are meaningful.

Project Management

  • Leading the new Innovation Fund project.
  • Managing budgets and administration.
  • Fundraising.
  • Ensure coordination with wider Hot or Cool initiatives and priorities.

Person Specification

Desired knowledge, experience and skills

  • Knowledgeable about the role of philanthropy in facilitating change.
  • Knowledge of cutting-edge issues relating to Sustainable Lifestyles, Consumption and Climate Justice.
  • Understanding of systems thinking and facilitation processes for systemic change.
  • Experience of designing high-impact workshops and leading networks for change.
  • Project management and administration including budget management and reporting to funders.

Application closing date: rolling until filled

Start date: as soon as possible

Reports to: Development Director

Contract: One-year fixed term, with possibility for extension

Hours: Negotiable between 20 – 40 hours per week

Salary: In the range of EUR 50,000 – 54,000 (full-time equivalent) based on experience and contractual requirements.

Location: Preference for candidates to work primarily from the Hot or Cool office based in Berlin, however, under exceptional circumstances, work from other locations in Germany is negotiable.


To apply, please send your CV and Covering letter (no longer than 2 pages) outlining your motivation and how you meet the person specification to

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