JOB VACANCY

Ecosystem Manager RIS - CEE

CONTRACT
Open-ended
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13 Dec 2021
SALARY
Competitive for Not-for-Profit Organization
START DATE
As soon as possible
LOCATION
Hungary, Poland
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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 find combinations of solutions that work on the ground (in context) and test transition pathways for 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 contribute to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial production system to circular, regenerative models, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.

How will you help us to achieve Transformation in Time?

National Systems Transformation, Ecosystem and Demand Generation work is a key part of our strategy that builds and expands ground for orchestrating innovation across different locations to accelerate decarbonisation and strengthen resilience in cities, regions, countries and businesses. Part of this role will see you manage the collaborative relations with existing and future partners in RIS countries, particularly across Southern Europe, who are engaged in Hubs or common projects with CKIC, help achieve their potential to add strong value to the CKIC portfolio of activities. You shall actively support the delivery, implementation and quality control of our work across ecosystem development in RIS countries, nurturing the demand for systems transformation, notably through development and scaling of Deep Demonstrations.

Which team will welcome you?

Initially you be working with the teams focused on offering Systems Innovation as a Service / Demand Generation, but you may work with multiple teams depending on demand and change over time. You shall be working closely with the RIS Developer and other Ecosystem Manager(s) and the Task Manager(s) for EIT RIS activities.

You have outstanding capabilities in:

Managing multi-stakeholder relations, negotiation skills, building and growing lasting collaborations, attention to detail, project management. In addition to full professional proficiency in English, you speak fluently at least one Central or Eastern European language.

  • Working in agile, highly collaborative ways
  • Cross-functional and collaborative teamwork
  • Facilitation and conversation design
  • Relationship and multi stakeholder management
  • Diplomacy and negotiations
  • Qualitative judgment and adaptive decision making
  • Intercultural communication skills
  • Capacity to analyse partners’ needs and potential for contribution
  • Active listening & asking questions for understanding
  • Responsiveness within strict time constraints
  • Understanding of the local contexts and reality codes of the markets you are working on
  • Knowledge of the expectations of the funders
  • Solid Project management track record
  • Speaking at least one of the following languages: Hungarian/ Slovakian/ Czech/ Romanian/ Bulgarian

Typical tasks may include

  • Manage RIS Hubs in CEE region
  • Serving as a main contact point for Hubs and partners from RIS countries
  • Receiving and managing hubs and partners’ inquiries
  • Facilitating collaboration within and across RIS hubs / communities
  • Analysing how partners’ strategies and content & skills may enable significant contributions to our strategic priorities
  • Collaborating with other partner and community teams to scout complementarities / synergies and facilitate connections across Europe
  • Registering and managing information about partners engagement across different fields of work with CKIC
  • Contributing to RIS programme management, data gathering and reporting for activities concerning CEE Hubs
  • Organizing ecosystem events and webinars connected to topics relevant for RIS/CEE area

What will our teams rely on you for?

  • Coordination of the ecosystem and partner relations, fluidifying all interactions to maximize the outcomes of the collaboration
  • Overall monitoring and synthetic briefs on past, current and potential collaborations with each hub / partner

You bring the following mindset:

  • Flexibility and willingness to undertake a range of tasks to meet needs. 
  • Awareness of EIT- and multi-funder business processes  
  • Problem solving 
  • Accountability  
  • Completer/finisher 
  • Curiosity and a learning mindset 
  • Gravitas that helps build trust

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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