Director, International Partnerships and Development – preferably Amsterdam or London, but open across EIT Climate-KIC offices

23 Aug 2019
Chief Strategy Officer
Competitive for Not for Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
preferably Amsterdam or London, but open across EIT Climate-KIC offices


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

You will be a key member of the International Team, led by the Chief Strategy Officer. The team focusses its activities in the key areas of: innovation ecosystems, social movements, fundraising, and international affairs to maximise climate impacts for Climate KIC as a whole – working through a defined a set of four intersecting objectives to maximise synergies, and to ensure coherence and strategic engagement in delivery our international strategy:

  • Connect and build key climate innovation ecosystems globally for accelerating impact around our goals (e.g. linking value chain innovation)
  • Build a social movement for change through innovation, while raising EIT Climate-KIC’s brand visibility (e.g. through Climathon, Climate LaunchPad).
  • Engage with a small number of funding bodies who are mission-aligned and able to support our international objectives with funds sufficient to support our activities and impact at scale.
  • Position EIT Climate-KIC’s voice in international policy processes, with a focus on securing prominence for a systems innovation approach to catalysing systemic change.

The role of the Director of International Partnerships and Development is to lead on and drive development of Objective 3, fundraising for activities beyond Europe through a dedicated International Account approach, nested within EIT Climate-KIC’s overall Future Funding Account Management and strategic engagement programme.
The post-holder will work in close collaboration with the Leads of the other three objectives and, together with this team, be jointly responsible for the overall management of the International Team. Climate-KIC follows a ‘team of teams’ operational model. The post-holder will therefore work with and be be supported by the full International Team.


  • Proven track record of generating new business and achieving revenue growth in complex international organisations
  • Excellent track record in delivering against targets
  • Strong knowledge of markets and fundraising channels relevant to Climate-KIC, including:
    – UN family of organisations
    – World Bank, international development banks
    – EU and Member State international grant funding
    – Foundations and Multi-national Institutions
    – Fees/Sponsorship
  • Experience of working across public and private sectors

Profile required

  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of management- both internally and externally
  • Mature and effective conflict management
  • Ability to develop strong, long-term external relationships with diverse people.
  • Fluency in English language combined with excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of other European languages highly desirable.
  • 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.

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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