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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
Many regions and people across Europe still rely on economies that are incompatible with tackling climate change. These can be coal producing regions, or regions with polluting heavy industries. People and economies engaged in these sectors are therefore highly vulnerable during the transition to a decarbonised future.
Inclusivity, and climate, social, economic and democratic justice are vital to the success of rapid structural change. EIT Climate-KIC’s deep demonstration will build into a Just Transformation movement, with the aim of demonstrating that such just transformations are indeed possible.
We are working with pioneering and ambitious challenge owners across Europe to achieve democratic and inclusive transformations of whole regions. The movement will put the voices of citizens, workers and youth at the core of regional economic transformation. Our first partners include regional governments in Silesia in Poland, Mondragon in Spain and Emilia Romagna, Italy. We have additional interest from Ireland, Estonia, Southern Italy, Northern Spain and Bulgaria and exploration underway in Germany.
Climate-KIC has a lot of ideas. Our Partners and other parts of our Community have lots of ideas. This role is about turning climate innovation ideas into action and our Deep Demonstration Projects (testbeds) are a central part of this strategy.
They are intended to be demonstrations of our systems-innovation-as-a-service value proposition and at the same time they seek to demonstrate for decision makers what climate positive, complex systems changes could look like. They start by working with “problem owners” – city authorities, regional bodies, governments, industry leaders committed to zero-net emissions, resilient futures. Our objective is to build portfolios of diverse innovation solutions with and for problem owners to test for effective options for transformation and accelerate learning about scalable pathways.
These solutions should be varied, representing experimentation and intervention on diverse levers for change. The scale and nature of each intervention will vary; the value lies in activating them together as a portfolio.
Strategy and Leadership (30%)
- Evaluate and develop EIT Climate-KIC’s vision and strategy with respect to the Just Transformations Deep Demonstration, with a particular focus on how such inclusive transformation can be financed, working in a highly collaborative mode across stakeholders internally, from our community, and beyond.
- Experience in working with regional barriers: administrative, legal, cultural and financial.
- Working understanding of local reality and history, coupled with a strong dose of creativity, diplomacy, respect, intelligence or out-of-box approach.
- Ensure the strategic intent nests in EIT Climate-KIC’s multi-annual strategy, theory of change and portfolio approach
- Lead the development and execution of Deep Demonstration programme, in ways the build on EIT Climate-KIC’s existing portfolio of work (harnessing the combined strengthen of our innovation, education, entrepreneurship, communications, MEL and ecosystem activities)
- Explore, develop and lead new propositions to join EIT Climate-KIC’s portfolio, helping to form teams around experiments and projects in a flexible way.
Identify, analyse, evaluate and prepare views of the competitive landscape, market dynamics, community competences and gaps, as well as innovation trends relevant for future strategy developments.
- Act as a figurehead for EIT Climate-KIC’s Just Transformations Deep Demonstration programme in, forging trusted relationships with key influencers, acting as a strategic entrepreneur in international, European and national policy and innovation processes.
- Explore all ways to strengthen the integration and diversity of EIT Climate-KIC’s community in the Just Transformation ecosystem, with a particular focus around Finance and Systemic transition.
- Devise and develop events that draw attention and shape opinions around systems innovation for Just Transformations and engage the EIT Climate-KIC community’s collective intelligence in problem-solving and innovation.
Portfolio Leadership (30%)
- Work with our Challenge Owners to deliberately compose innovation experiments, working with colleagues, that seek to influence key levers of change to unlock rapid transition of systems change. These should be a mix of edgy, cutting edge ideas and those seeking radical optimisation of the current system.
- Collaborate with those leading Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to establish ways of assessing progress to impact with respect to finance and regional transition and engage in sense-making and learning from the existing portfolio.
- Strive to understand the relationship between the portfolio of innovation experiments and systems change with respect to decision metrics and finance, as well as systems transition.
- Modify and adapt the portfolio based on learning and engage partners and external audiences in integrating lessons into their design.
- Contribute to Portfolio Selection and Portfolio Sensemaking sessions across EIT Climate-KIC.
Future Funding (20%)
- In line with the strategic and funding goals of EIT Climate-KIC, contribute to unlocking large scale future funding opportunities. This will include asset creation, product development, and relationship building.
- Identify, analyse, and evaluate key assets in the portfolio, and work to package these to create appealing value propositions for different audiences.
- Ensure visibility of EIT Climate-KIC in key meetings, through workshops, conferences and speaker placements.
- Collaborate with internal teams/services – such as communications and business development to prepare case studies, marketing materials, briefings, position papers, success stories and other material to appear to funders and strategic partners.
Mentorship and Management (20%)
- Act as a mentor to other EIT Climate-KIC staff, supporting their skills and capability development, and aiding their professional development.
- Maintain a strong personal commitment to efficient management with respect to funders, internal processes and systems, and internal policies (e.g. travel, expenses).
- Engage in report writing and financial administration as appropriate to satisfy the needs of funders.
- Flexibility, Agility, Adaptability
- Team leadership and influence
- Commitment to professional development
- Technical and content-based expertise with respect to finance and system change in the context of a just transformation to deliver both environmental and human rights to the citizens.
- Deep understanding of EU regional schemes and funding mechanisms for regional transition
- Design thinking
- Programme Management
- Experience in entrepreneurial ventures, working in multi-stakeholder contexts, and knowledge of climate-related topics are highly desirable.
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.
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