Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a net zero-emissions economy.
We aim to transform whole systems through innovation to build resilience and decarbonize at a fast-enough rate to reach the 1.5° target and a net-zero emissions Europe. Climate-KIC has refocused its strategy around systems transformation to reach impact at scale. Our approach is based on building an active and diverse community of organisations all working together; a careful analysis of the key levers at play across different systems (e.g. cities, land use, industry, and finance); and finally, a commitment to experimentation and rapid prototyping (to become the fastest learning organisation in the area of climate).
To achieve this plan, Climate-KIC needs talents from multiple areas of expertise and backgrounds able to bring a wide range of perspectives into the organisation. We are looking for individuals comfortable with change and keen to experiment on our own organisation first – by testing new ways of working, deep collaboration, new ways of learning and gathering business intelligence.
Our people are effectively our first ambassadors and our primary community – we expect them to role model deep collaboration across teams, countries, and organisations.
Purpose of the role
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.
In 2018, we created a high-profile community activation function to engage, shape and support the Climate-KIC community, mobilising it to act together for innovation excellence, for mutual value, and for positive change in the world through impact on climate change. After a successful year of experimentation, engagement and pilots we are now seeking two additional team members to help us drive our mission.
As you can imagine, this means the role will be fluid, dynamic and constantly changing. However, there are a number of constant features that you will be required to:
- Make sense of complex ideas (with multiple and often competing stakeholders) and use design methodologies to turn these into projects, initiatives or experiments.
- Co-design and experiment with formal and informal mechanisms to enable complex adaptive networks to grow and thrive.
- Co-ordinate different people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
- Identify ways to showcase the energy and innovation within our community and encourage learning across the community. Support peer learning and networking activities.
- Work with colleagues and partners to explore the meaning and potential for multi-stakeholder engagement, community mobilisation and new engagement models in service of climate innovation, mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
- Generate ideas and experiments in learning and creative self-reflection to kindle the metabolism of the community to convert ideas and activities into alternative business models, breakthrough innovation and systemic change.
In collaboaration with the Community Activation Team, your key responsibilities will be to help shape, design and implement the projects and initiatives.
You will also have a number of specific responsibilities, including:
- Design and implement formal and informal mechanisms to enable the capture, codification and transfer of learning and knowledge – explicit and tacit.
- Design and produce protocols and guides for an inclusive, multi-stakeholder process that is distinctive and effective in supporting climate innovation in the context of complex systemic transformations.
- Drive and manage 2-3 key experiments/projects/initiatives throughout each year.
Key working relationships
- Director Community Activation
- Alumni Co-Ordinator
- Geography Directors
- Thematic Directors
- Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team
- Communications team
- We believe that there will be wide variety of background qualifications that will be suited to this role. Please be sure to clearly describe how you believe your qualifications will fit this position.
- 2-3 years’ experience in innovation, programme or policy development, however applicants with up to 4-5 years’ experience will be considered.
- Experience in outreach initiatives such as designing, hosting and managing events.
- Experience in data capture and analysis, in evaluating and assessing organisational impact and in using learning and evidence from data to improve organisational capacity and practice, to inform policy development, business planning, service delivery and future developments.
- Experience in experimenting with crowd-funding highly desirable.
- Evidence of being able to build effective and sustainable relationships internally and externally.
- Ability to make sense of complex ideas (often with multiple and often competing stakeholders) and using design methodologies to turn these into projects, initiatives or experiments
- Expertise in deriving insight and using knowledge from data collected. This should include an understanding of how to visualise / present meaningful information and insight for different uses and audiences.
- Expertise in design thinking approaches, methodology and tools.
- Innovative thinking and confidence to encourage creativity in others.
- Ability to develop strong, long-term relationships with diverse people.
- Fluency in English language combined with excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of other European languages highly desirable.
Qualities, Personal style and Approach
- Articulate and dynamic with highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, inspire and motivate people.
- Highly adaptable, flexible and resilient: able to work effectively in ambiguity and complexity and to respond dynamically to change.
- “At home” working with an international team and in a multi-disciplinary context.
- Curious, ambitious, respectful and fearless.
- Ability to keep the big picture in mind while focusing on the basics of implementation.
- Solutions focused, with a “can do” attitude.
- A commitment to achieving social transformation in support of Climate-KIC’s mission.
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.
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