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
EIT Climate-KIC’s Education programme/Learning services have a strong reputation for delivering high value innovation and entrepreneurship education through successful, internationally recognised signature programmes; such as the Journey, Pioneers, and Climathon, and through programmes tailored to fulfil particular skills and learning needs determined by our major innovation projects. This has seen the development of other online, professional, and executive education formats and courses. Increasingly, we are treating education as a lever of change to accelerate decarbonisation and adaptation through systems change to meet our climate innovation impact goals.
The Learning Lead will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of an innovative education strategy for the Ireland – Agri-food sector transformation programme using learning to create impact, inspiring others to take action to address climate change and driving business transformation. The Learning Lead will be accountable for developing DAFM’s knowledge of key emerging topics relevant to transforming the agri-food sector (nature-based solutions, carbon farming, role of food processors in a sustainable supply and value chain, proposed measures in Common Agricultural Policy from 2023) and build ‘in-house’ capacity to deliver ‘whole system’ innovation development and implementation in Government and within the sector.
- Embed a ‘learning by doing’ model of implementable and scalable innovations in Ireland.
- Create a learning programme to build DAFM knowledge of nature-based solutions including carbon farming (and soil carbon under different management regimes); the role of dairy and meat processors and other agri-food sector processors in facilitating farmers in their supply chain to meet sustainability, climate and air quality targets; and the measures being included by other EU countries as Agricultural Environment Climate Measures and ecosystems under the Common Agriculture Policy from 2023.
- 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.
- Enable learning framework that support shared insights for industry to emerging practices, technologies and business models from across Europe and beyond.
- Building capacity and capabilities in industry for system transformation.
- Manage the relationships with partners and develop new strategic networks with Ireland relevant stakeholders.
- Explore all ways to strengthen the integration and diversity of Climate-KIC’s community, with a particular focus around Education, Learning, and MEL.
- Support collaboration and ideation / co-creation with other European colleagues to enhance partner activity in Ireland and across Europe.
- Trial and test innovative methods of delivering education initiative, refining approaches based on impact.
- Contribute to the Climate-KIC business plan and take a leadership role in reporting activities and results to Climate-KIC’s funding bodies.
Key working relationships
- Ireland: agri-food sector transformation programme team
- Learning Services
- 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
- 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.
- Experience in coaching and facilitation
- Experience in developing and managing external grant funding applications.
- Excellent active listener.
- Good command of designing and implementing learning activities and learning spaces.
- Have the ability to make sense of complex ideas (with multiple and often competing stakeholders) and use design methodologies to turn these into projects, initiatives or experiments.
- Willing to travel.
- Ability to build and maintain effective high-level working relationships – both internally and externally
- 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.
- Relevant academic degree or qualification.
- Proven experience, expertise and track record as a learning practitioner
Ideal candidate profile
- 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, resilient, flexible 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.
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.
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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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