Cities Advisor (3 roles) – Warsaw, Valencia, Vienna

Urban Transformation
Fixed Term until end 2020 with possibility for extension
25 Aug 2019
Urban Transformation team
Competitive for Not for Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
Valencia. Vienna, Warsaw


Business Background

EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community established in 2010 and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. Our purpose is to tackle climate change through innovation.
We are Europe’s largest public-private partnership with this purpose. At the heart of our endeavour is a pan-European community of innovators and changemakers eager to work on tough challenges, willing to engage in ambitious and unorthodox experiments, and committed to collective learning.

We bring together large and small companies, scientific institutions and universities, city authorities and other public bodies, start-ups, and students. With over 380 formal organisational partners from across 26 countries, we work together on innovation to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its unavoidable impacts. We are united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at climate change.

Our mission is to catalyse systemic change for climate action through innovation in areas of human activity that have a critical impact on greenhouse gas emissions – cities, lands, materials and finance – and to create climate-resilient communities. Our Theory of Change is focused on empowering people to change systems – through exploration, experimentation and demonstration – to enable viable alternatives at scale.

At the heart of our approach is ‘systems innovation as a service’ whereby we create a space for a portfolio of strategic innovation options and experiments, oriented around structural levers of change, designed with and for problem owners.
We act as a multi-sided platform, working across boundaries and across sectors, fostering innovation as a catalyst for transformation. We work together with problem owners, like city and regional governments, industry owners and directors, community organisations and policy makers, to orchestrate a portfolio approach to innovation interventions. We facilitate the creation of innovation consortia. We challenge and seek to enrich business model design. We offer tailored support for experimentation, implementation and scaling. We provide funding. We incubate very early stage ideation and pre-seed innovation with a view of contributing to systemic change. We place an emphasis on education as a driver of behavioural change through new skills and capabilities and on policy innovation. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities and regions, convening a community of excellence in people and organisations.


Purpose of the role

As a Cities Advisor you will be a core member of the Urban Transformation Team (formerly Urban Transitions theme). The focus of the role is providing advice, strategic programme leadership and guidance to teams delivering transformative change in the cities we work with.

Our Cities Advisory team work at the leading edge of our support for city innovation partnerships: building relationships, advising and mentoring, co-designing, and match-making innovative expertise and solutions to city community’s needs.

You will build critical relationships with cities and partners in support of our mission and strategic objectives. This will include nurturing a network of advisors and experts working for other organisations, who can be brought into initiatives as needed.

We are looking for 3 people, one of which is specifically to work with Southern Europe Cities. 


Advising Cities and Partners

  • Provide professional advisory support to municipalities and city communities focussing on knowledge transfer and guidance for strategies, programmes, policies, projects, processes and capital structures necessary for action consistent with our Transformation, in Time strategy (eg. achieving inclusive, prosperous and carbon-neutral city communities by 2030)
  • Advise and shepherd alignment of cities with partners and solution providers as part of delivering Climate-KIC’s ‘deep demonstration’ initiatives.
  • Help cities plan for and secure operational and project capital, including from other sources than the EIT.
  • Contribute to development of Urban Transformation Team’s advisory approach, processes, tools and assets.
    City Network Development
  • Help to nurture development of a growing network of cities working with Climate-KIC
  • Engage with cities and partners to develop a robust cohort of cities advancing transformational work
  • Support peer-to-peer learning between cites and stakeholders. Ensure the lessons from these sessions are captured to accelerate learning between cities and our partners

Funding Management

  • Manage a portfolio of funding investments into cities, in line with our funders’ requirements (EIT and others).
  • Setting up projects, execution, cost and delivery control as well as reporting deliverables as evidence against the grant expenditure.
  • Help to secure funding and investment to scale both our work and action in the cities that we work with.


  • Assist with organisation of Urban Transformation events
  • Assist with development and dissemination of communications
  • Assist with strategic analysis, business planning and market research
  • Liaise with Climate-KIC colleagues across our geographies to support project delivery

Profile required

  • You are passionate about catalysing transformative sustainable change in cities and have a keen appetite to generate real impact. You are excited by our Urban Transformation programme approach and Climate-KIC’s overall mission.
  • Significant relevant experience working with cities to deliver complex sustainability projects. You have developed strong knowledge of how hard this can be, and remain convinced that transformative change is possible.
  • You must be educated to at least post-graduate degree level in a relevant discipline. Preferred areas include sustainability, urbanism, community development, engineering, or finance
  • You will bring to the role many ideas about how we can help cities advance integrated sustainable systems projects faster and with greater impact and experience of turning such ideas into tangible and deliverable outcomes that bring value to the city and the citizen. A sound knowledge of city project structuring, delivery models, partnerships, co-creation processes and/or financing is an important advantage.
  • You should also have demonstrable experience working in teams, steering collective outcomes and making business decisions based on sound analytical rigour and commercial considerations.
  • This position requires excellent relationship, persuasion, negotiation and presentation skills. You need to be able to inspire while offering robust independent advice.
  • You must be organised, patient and have the ability to balance conflicting requirements, changing priorities, diverse groups of collaborators as well as different project-related issues. You are nimble and happy working in a context that is changing fast and is inherently uncertain.
  • Fluency in English and Very Good functionality in at least one additional European language is required (we are ideally seeking one candidate fluent in Polish; and French and/or Spanish would be an advantage)
  • Significant amounts of travel (currently generally within Europe) is a requirement of the role

Additional information

Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the EU prior to applying for the position. The successful candidate will normally be based at the nearest EIT Climate-KIC office to where they are currently living.

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 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.

NB/ This advertisement will be taken down from the website after the closing date so it is a good idea to copy and keep the text for reference to use should you be invited to interview.

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