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Designer Producer – Ireland Agri-food sector transformation

CONTRACT
Fixed-term
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06 Dec 2021
SALARY
Competitive for Not-for-Profit-Organization
START DATE
As soon as possible
LOCATION
Ireland
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Background

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.

We use 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. Over the last ten years we have supported more than 4,500 businesses, in over 50 countries, that have gone on to attract over €1.5 bln of capital and featured regularly in the Forbes 30 under 30 European list. Our education programmes have influenced the lives of over 45,000 people who have launched a movement building alumni community. In 2019, we launched Deep Demonstrations, a demand-led methodology for composing innovation portfolios across technology, policy, finance, social change, citizen engagement, and other relevant levers of change, in order to generate options and test transition pathways for place-based systems and value chains.

Our goals for 2027 are to ensure that 200,000 people across Europe are equipped with enhanced climate-relevant innovation and entrepreneurial skills; 10 million people benefit from improved resilience to the impacts of climate change; 50 cities, countries, regions and large scale businesses across Europe are achieving net-zero as a result of partnership with EIT Climate-KIC; 500 million tons of CO2 eq. emissions have been avoided cumulatively (approx. 1/10 annual EU production) and we have succeeded in leveraging €100 bln to scale-up innovations tackling climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial production system to a circular, regenerative model, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.

Purpose of the role

Deep Demonstrations are a key part of our Transformation, in Time strategy, intended to show that fast and large-scale change is possible to accelerate decarbonisation and strengthen resilience in cities, regions, countries and businesses. They are intended to deliver climate impact as individual programmes and as the core of our work for transformation of economic paradigms and business models, global and regional value chains and local ecosystems.

The Designer Producer Ireland Agri-food sector transformation is responsible for actively orchestrating the application of the Deep Demonstrations methodology.  As an agent of systemic change, EIT Climate-KIC provides the drive for impact, credible arguments for transformative action and the ability to secure resources (financial and in-kind) to support such action. The Designer Producer Agri-food sector transformation needs to have the gravitas and skill to build and hold senior stakeholder relationships over time while convening, connecting, and facilitating actions on the ground, working with and through teams and partners.

Our objective is to support, provide stimulus, and connectivity for the place-based and value-chain based communities we work with: to connect with one other, generate transformative ideas and to take action, mobilising multiple different stakeholders, funders, decision makers, community members and citizens. This role plays an important part in building legitimacy and strategic partnership with external stakeholders, explaining the relationships between a systemic approach (our strategy), the value we bring through and from innovation and education, and the capability needed to achieve transformation through innovation.

Thus, we are seeking an experienced practitioner with a unique blend of leadership, management, and deep, content expertise and practical knowledge to design and implement carbon farming, agri-food, circular economy, dairy value chain transformation products and services. The Designer Producer Agri-food sector transformation needs to have solid experience in convening multi-stakeholder collaborative process and dialogue, as well as designing innovative circular initiatives, business models and policies to support the deep decarbonisation of whole systems. Specialised technical expertise in industry decarbonization is an asset.

The role also involves working with and through teams and partners to co-design innovative structural change, climate change and circular economy policies, roadmaps and action plans. Technical expertise in prototyping, designing and piloting innovative policy is an asset.

We are looking for the candidate with the proven track record in playing a critical role in modelling supportive and collaborative leadership, working closely with teams across EIT Climate-KIC to empower decision making and good management and to evolve our ways of working to model the change we want to see in the world.

Key responsibilities

Innovation Orchestration and Delivery

  • Deploy the Deep Demonstration framework and methodological tools to support decision-making (in the face of extreme uncertainty) by Irish stakeholders.
  • Develop, with key stakeholders, a ‘system map’ of the Irish agri-food system.
  • Identify with stakeholders the key levers of change available that could lead to a material impact on reducing emissions from and enhancing resilience of the Irish agri-food system, building on the identification of mitigation and adaptation measures being deployed and researched in both EU and non-EU countries that may be applicable to Ireland, including those that also deliver air quality targets.
  • Establish links between researchers and policy makers in Ireland with those in other countries facing similar climate and air quality challenges.
  • Build DAFM knowledge base on nature-based solutions and carbon farming (and soil carbon); on how dairy, meat and other agri-food sector processors are facilitating farmers in their supply chain to meet sustainability, climate and air quality targets; and on measures being included by EU countries as Agricultural Environment Climate Measures and eco-schemes under the Common Agricultural Policy from 2023 to meet climate, air quality and sustainability targets.
  • Design with Irish stakeholders a coordinated set of innovation interventions which allow us to probe which suite of options (regulatory, market, technology, social behaviours, etc.) can best help transform the agri-food system, at speed and scale, building on existing activities and plans in Ireland.
  • Build ‘in-house’ capacity to help deliver the development and implementation of the ‘whole system’ innovation approach in the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and within the agencies and the sector.
  • Cultivate strategic relations with key stakeholders and (potential/confirmed) challenge owners, and the Climate-KIC community, centred on Deep Demonstrations and other relevant innovation programmes.
  • Leverage local context knowledge, working with Climate-KIC colleagues, to test and explore hypotheses regarding demand, emerging needs and opportunities for systems transformation using circular economy design principles and practices.
  • Provide practical design and implementation guidance at ecosystem level and with the most engaged partners and stakeholders during implementation and amplification.
  • Strengthen Climate-KIC’s policy intelligence and capacity so that it can be a testbed for policy innovation and act as a shaper of climate and innovation policy in the context of Europe and beyond.
  • Explore the meaning and potential for multi- stakeholder engagement, business models and experiment design in service of climate innovation, mitigation and adaptation.
  • Contribute actively to Climate-KIC community thinking, experimentation and experiential learning in circular economy and land use practice and theory, with an emphasis on systemic approaches to including social change and paradigm shifts in underlying economics, natural capitalism and circular societies; performance economy and multi-sided business models; industrial ecology, biomimicry and advanced manufacturing technologies.
  • Partner closely with the Deep Demonstrations programme office to ensure coherence and consistency in approach, contribute to excellence in programme development and capability building, and maximise synergies or opportinities for cross-pollination and integrated action.

 

 

 

Strategic Partnerships and Fundraising

  • Hold and enhance the partner relationships that align with our partner value proposition.
  • Work closely with the Climate-KIC community to understand network connections and amplifiers.
  • Help further develop a body of work in circular economy and value chain transformation to strengthen and orchestrate innovation ecosystems across Europe and beyond, designed to accelerate action on Climate-KIC’s 2030 goal areas and improve capacity for systems innovation.
  • Contribute to innovation campaigns, oriented to achieving Climate-KIC’s impact goals, using a principle of catalysing and instigating exponential change.
  • Play an role in identifying potential funding opportunities, including through prospective and reactive meetings with Foundations, Trusts, Bilateral Donors, International Agencies, European Bodies and a range of others.
  • Play a role in bid development and bid writing to secure public and private funds and to reinforce Climate-KIC’s positioning as an orchestrator of systems transformation.

Key working relationships

  • Ireland: agri-food sector transformation programme team and Programme Director
  • Deep Demonstration Programme Office and Deep Demonstrations team colleagues
  • Climate-KIC Teams, in particular: Demand Generation, Future Funding, MEL, Finance, Operations, Legal, Communications, Policy and EU Affairs, Social Activation and Community
  • Climate-KIC Challenge Owners, Partners
  • EIT Climate-KIC Management Team
  • European Commission stakeholders, EIT and other funders
  • Association Climate-KIC Governing Board

Required background and qualifications

Qualifications

  • Relevant academic degree or qualification.
  • Proven experience, expertise and track record as a practitioner in land use, circular economy applications and development: applying principles of circularity and regenerative design to business models, economic models, value chains, supply chains, policy and finance.

Experience

  • Experience and expertise in building coalitions of organisations and individuals, working to expand the space of action, engagement and risk taking, and to open up credible possibilities for exploration, discovery and stretch learning.
  • Knowledge and experience of supporting senior decision-making, facilitating and enabling change, nurturing and shaping dialogue in uncharted waters and stimulating thinking about new possibilities.
  • 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.
  • Planning, organisation, coordination, multitasking, problem solving and prioritisation under pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Strategic thinking with ability to influence and support self-reflection and to provide developmental and performance related feedback.
  • Shaping business decisions in portfolio thinking, resourcing and policy development so as to relate the work and talents of individuals to the wider operational and strategic needs of the business.
  • Proven track record of successfully developing high-performing teams, leading, managing, empowering, and learning from others, especially in change and transformation.

Skills

  • Systems thinking – especially as applied to and derived from experience with real world change.
  • Seeing patterns of connection and difference; using diverse perspectives to catalyse breakthrough thinking, reflection and learning; culturally aware and skilled in working with diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Accountability: good at taking decisions with a consideration of risk and following through on commitments to completion.
  • Highly-developed adaptive leadership / leadership in complexity skills, emphasizing listening to learn, empathy, human-centred design, agility, empowerment, and collaboration.
  • Familiarity and proficiency in coaching others; able to build capacity by investing in the development of others and in the development of self.
  • Fluency in English, excellent written and verbal communication skills

 

Qualities, Personal Style, and Approach

  • Articulate and dynamic, with highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, inspire and motivate people.
  • Growth mindset; highly adaptable, flexible and resilient: able to work effectively in ambiguity and complexity and to respond dynamically to change.
  • Customer service ethos and commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Solutions focused, with a “can do” attitude; willing to undertake a range of tasks to meet needs.
  • Deeply curious, perceptive, respectful and resilient; oriented toward networking with people and teams and sharing expertise.
  • Gravitas with an ability to build trust.
  • Proactive, commercial approach, entrepreneurial.

 

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.

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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