EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative. Our mission is to leverage the power of innovation to build a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive society. Climate-KIC’s strategy, Transformation, in Time, responds to the need for a 1.5° aligned, systemic approach to reversing global warming and developing climate resilience, commensurate with the complexity, scale and requisite pace of response to the climate challenge.
Established in 2010 and headquartered in Amsterdam, we orchestrate a community of more than 400 organisations comprised of large corporations and SMEs, municipal and regional governments, universities and research institutes, as well as non-governmental organisations and uncommon actors. We are an organisation of circa 160 people. We operate out of 13 hubs across Europe and conduct activities in 39 countries globally. We have historically managed €80-100 million per year in grants, provided predominantly by our founder and core funder, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). We are transitioning to a multi-funder model with the objective of maintaining a flow of funds of circa €100 million annually to our community and to problem owners to deliver impact.
Purpose of the role
Climate-KIC uses a portfolio approach for developing and deploying innovation, entrepreneurship, education and community mobilisation to unlock structural change in systems where emissions are tough to reduce – cities, land-use, industry, and finance. We do so by combining activities and innovation outputs from applied research, learning and reskilling, start-up incubation, movement building and innovation ecosystem building. Learning and a growth mindset are fundamental to this approach.
We are looking for two Performance Developers to work across our 15-20 teams of various sizes, which are formed around programmes and projects, as well as our core business functions.
The focus of Performance Development support is enablement and empowerment of individuals and teams through coaching, mentoring, in-field observation, feedback and internal coordination. Consequently, this role is instrumental in placing people at the centre of EIT Climate-KIC’s sense of self, with a focus on development and delivery of impact.
- Lead performance development processes, formal and informal, prospective and retrospective.
- Design, implement and monitor Performance Management to enable employees and teams to understand Team OKRs in relationship to the goals of EIT Climate-KIC and to identify how individual and team outputs contribute to the achievement of Transformation, in Time’s objectives.
- Planning of and contributing to EIT Climate-KIC’s annual performance cycle including regular participation in various reviews.
- Transition planning as people take on new roles.
- Refine performance expectations for roles and bring consistent use of frameworks to job descriptions.
- Define parameters for use of external coaches and other assessments and oversee the process for working with external coaches.
- Identify and verify emerging practices for transfer or replication as a result of contact with teams and individuals.
- Report on developed indicators for the prevalence of ongoing learning as they mark progress in becoming a culture of growth.
Key working relationships
You will be part of the People Team, working closely with the Team Resourcing Business Partner, the Learning and Development function, and the People Team Orchestrator. You will have strong relationships to our Strategy team and the Point People across all teams.
Required background and qualification
Minimum degree qualification ideally in a relevant subject area such as psychology, social sciences, business/ HR, communications or relevant comparable experience.
- Experience in organizational development roles, practicing with a system perspectives on performance.
- Consultative experience in guiding others using their expertise about individual and collective/ team performance.
- Coaching experience that supports people learning to learn through their own experiences.
- Experience designing and establishing processes, as well as adapting them so that they remain fit for use as the organization changes.
- Capacity to build facilitative skills in support of team performance and collaborative decision making, and to serve as a team coach, where requested.
- Working in a multi-cultural organisation.
You have outstanding capabilities in:
- Influential communication and coaching with an ability to build leadership capacity and shape behaviours, working closely with individuals at different stages of maturity and seniority;
- Building coalitions of people, and to open up credible possibilities for exploration, discovery and stretch learning;
- Strategic thinking with ability to influence and support self-reflection and to provide developmental and performance related feedback;
- Familiarity with either of those tools/frameworks: Immunity to Change (Kegan/Lahey), Virtuous Cycles of Learning (Lectica), Designing Your Life/Worklife (Burnett/Evans)
- Seeing patterns of connection and difference; using diverse perspectives to catalyse breakthrough thinking, reflection and learning;
- Systems thinking – especially as applied to and derived from experience with real world change;
- Interpersonal and relationship skills; orientation to service and to results with a ‘can-do’ attitude
- Knowledge and understanding of people management theories/ principles and ability to coach others around best practices and emergent practices.
Qualities, Personal Style, and Approach
- Working in agile, highly collaborative ways
Our application and recruitment process
Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.
Your application should be written in English and consist of:
- a full curriculum vitae
- a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role.
- your current salary
- where you saw this role advertised.
Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above. You should state your full name, followed by the role for which you are applying for in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 GMT on the date published on the job advert.
Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.
Your application will be reviewed on or around the closing date for the vacancy for which you have applied. If your application is shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by Climate-KIC.
Candidates invited to a first interview, will be notified of the outcome and informed about next stages if they are successful.
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