Learning Facilitator – Systems Innovation Learning Partnership

Fix term
31 May 2022
Competitive for Not-for-Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom



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.

Purpose of the role

EIT Climate-KIC places learning, iteration and evolving as a core function of our strategy – within this model, innovation and learning are two sides of the same coin: when leveraged together, they are the most effective means to catalyse transformation in the face of uncertainty. (See Climate-KIC’s Education programme and Learning Services)

Most recently, the Learning Services team have entered into a 2-year Systems Innovation Learning Partnership (SILP) with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The partnership aims to foster a community of practitioners within our organisations and beyond, that will learn together, building the mindsets, skills, tools and capabilities to make lasting, systemic change in all areas that we work in. This organisational peer-learning approach aims to enable rapid growth and iteration, providing a safe-to-fail space to experiment with new systems innovation practices and methods, a community with which to reflect on our work, and opportunities to draw on others’ expertise in applying systems innovation theory to real cases and projects. By reflecting on and practicing systems innovation together with Sida and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we want to accelerate learning about what works and what doesn’t, and to develop actionable insights that will enable us to make transformative change on the ground, and also to contribute to the development of systemic approaches in the international development arena and beyond.

SILP hosts a series of learning activities intended for partners, stakeholders and colleagues of the three founding organisations. These include deep dive sessions into systems innovation topics, systems innovation challenge labs to work on concrete challenges, and a yearly learning festival.

The Partnership will also host an experiment grant-funding platform, in which seed funding is directed to approximately 10 systems innovation experiments and learning approaches in different parts of the world. These experiments are intended to comprise a portfolio of positions to explore and learn about different approaches to systems innovation for development cooperation. The experimentation platform is envisioned to lay the foundations for the growth of SILP and to create a wider and more inclusive set of learnings related to the deployment of systems innovation in practice outside Europe. This acknowledges the advantage we have as initiating partners, with the desire to create a more inclusive ownership of SILP with shared leadership from the Global South.

The Learning Facilitator will be responsible for ‘hosting’ the successful experiment cohorts and for working closely with them to continuously harvest insights and learnings throughout their project lifespan. The Learning Facilitator brings in their experience in community engagement , especially in building virtual communities of practice across cultural and national boundaries.

Key responsibilities

  • Facilitating the harvesting of emergent learnings, insights and meta-learnings (ie. ‘sensemaking’) from the experiments as they progress: design and facilitate processes for continually learning from the experiments, for example, hosting regular multi-stakeholder workshops that surface and capture insights, and that build on previous sessions in order to identify meta-learnings and findings
  • Cultivating a welcoming, diverse and inclusive, engaging community of practice within the experimenter cohort, and enabling their connection and collaboration with the SILP learning activities and wider network: working with the core SILP team to ensure there is an attractive and inclusive invitation to collaborate, cross-pollinate, and learn together with the experimenters
  • Build capability within the experiment cohort to navigate complexity: using and practicing facilitation and participatory leadership methodologies not only to host sessions, but to nurture the experimenters’ practice of sensemaking, pattern finding, and of reflecting on meta-learnings, supporting their progress and also learning together with them
  • Supporting the scaling and amplification of experiment learnings and insights: proactively share and disseminate insight reports and results with the core SILP team and the experimenter community, co-creating ways for the results and learnings to be scaled and implemented
  • Transform learnings and insights into written strategic intelligence and comms products
  • Co-design and experiment with formal and informal mechanisms to enable complex adaptive networks to grow and thrive, in support of SILP’s wider strategy to expand and broaden leadership beyond organisations in Europe/the West

Key working relationships

Core SILP team:  

  • Lead Facilitator 
  • Programme Manager 
  • Experiment Platform Grant Management Lead 
  • Communications and Marketing Lead 
  • Representatives from Sida and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

Required background - you should have outstanding capabilities in:

  • Demonstrated experience in practicing facilitation, participatory leadership and sensemaking methodologies, with confidence practicing these virtually  
  • Demonstrable experience developing and cultivating (virtual) communities of practice 
  • Experience and interest in building alliances amongst people from diverse cultures, countries and socioeconomic backgrounds, and of facilitating equitable, inclusive collaborations  
  • Making sense of complex ideas with multiple stakeholders: active listening and pattern finding, and comfort applying different sensemaking and facilitation methodologies that can support stakeholders to navigate complex challenges 
  • Design thinking – good command of designing and implementing learning activities and learning spaces for impact 
  • Fluency in English language, with excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Articulate and dynamic with highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, inspire and motivate people. 

Required background - you should have good capabilities in:

  • Systems innovation approaches and concepts 
  • Communications and marketing approaches 
  • Basic monitoring, evaluation and learning methods 


  • At least 5 years of showcased experience, expertise and track record as a facilitator and learning practitioner 

Ideal candidate profile

  • Highly adaptable, flexible and resilient: able to respond dynamically to change and uncertainty, and to thrive within a non-hierarchical organisation.  
  • ‘At home’ working with a multicultural team and external stakeholders, and in a multi-disciplinary context. 
  • Inclusive leadership    
  • Curiosity and a learning mindset     
  • Ability to keep the big picture in mind while focusing on the basics of implementation. 
  • A commitment to achieving social transformation in support of Climate-KIC’s mission. 

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.

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