Project Officer, Non-Profit – Berlin, Amsterdam or Copenhagen

Legal, Compliance & Risk Team
Fixed term 1 year
20 Jul 2019
General Counsel
Competitive for Not for Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
Berlin, Amsterdam or Copenhagen


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

Climate-KIC’s mission is to catalyse systemic change for climate action though innovation. As part of that mission, Climate-KIC is entering an exciting new phase and looking to build the infrastructure necessary to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation. A key part of this work will involve the establishment of a non-profit vehicle within the Climate-KIC umbrella. Such a vehicle will enable agility across differing funding streams and facilitate strategy implementation by fostering the skills and experiences needed for rapid learning, capability development and early deployment in designated innovation portfolios.
This role will be responsible for (i) project managing the set up of the non-profit vehicle requiring both extensive internal and cross functional liaison as well as external communications and management of specialist advisors, regulators and other stakeholders and (ii) providing ongoing organisational support in respect of the complex governance, operational, reputational, legal and future funding requirements, considerations and risks associated with the non-profit vehicle and non profit status


  • Attention to detail, ability to consider complex problems and frameworks,
  • Ability to support in defining processes and procedures that ensure non profit activities are compliant and optimised,
  • Strong project management skills, written communication skills, data management skills
  • Excellent relationship management capabilities, excellent project management capabilities

Profile required

  • Experience in support and facilitating project management – coordinating multiple workstreams, monitoring actions, milestones – particularly those with a legal or compliance aspect
  • Multi-country and cultural experience and exposure – e.g. studying or working away from home country
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of the organisation- 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.
  • Able to work 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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