Programme Manager – Deep Demonstrations

1- year Fixed Term Contract
22 Jun 2021
Competitive for Not-for-Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Austria



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.

How will you help us achieve Transformation in Time?

Deep Demonstrations are a key part of our strategy and show that fast and large-scale change is possible to accelerate decarbonisation and strengthen resilience in cities, regions, countries and businesses. Part of this role will see you actively orchestrate the management and co-ordination of a Deep Demonstration, across the whole and/or with individual challenge owner relationships.

The role will involve working with challenge-owners and with our design partners, as well as internal stakeholders and funders.  

Which team will welcome you?

Initially you be working with the team focused on offering Systems Innovation as a Service (e.g. Deep Demonstrations), but you may work with multiple teams depending on demand and change over time.

You have outstanding capabilities in

  • Managing complex, multi-stakeholder, multi-country projects
  • Strong self-management capabilities to achieve final, high-quality, impactful results.  
  • Some assignments in this role type will require specific capabilities in specific country language and skills and cultural sensitivities

You have good capabilities in

  • Working in agile, high collaborative ways 
  • Team co-ordination, 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 
  • Active listening & asking questions for understanding 
  • Practitioner of the DD methodology 
  • Drawing evaluative findings and learning out of projects, initiatives or experiments in order to adaptively manage the portfolio

Typical tasks may include

  • Lead active operational management and coordination of a Deep Demonstration, including managing milestones, funder requirements, progress tracking and management 
  • Management of the budget, and administrative process  
  • Central point for DD reporting; data gathering, analysis & synthesis  
  • Active program orchestration with DD Region/City Options Portfolios (full run-rate)  
  • Holding the operational aspects of partner relationships for the Deep Demonstration
  • Engage and apply methodology process
  • Events planning and managing logistics
  • Implementation of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and operational processes and coherence with external, internal and cross cutting stakeholders
  • Adopt a deliberately developmental practice around ways of working
  • Actively participate in team accountabilities setting and achieving team objectives and key results (OKRs) as per the handbook.
  • Implement and operationalise key elements of the MEL Framework in close collaboration with the Operations, Grant management and Business planning, IT and Finance teams, as appropriate.

What will our teams rely on you for?

  • Orchestration project planning and management 
  • Actively tracking & adviceon the operational aspect of strategy including reporting, MEL frameworks, finance/budget, pipeline, timeline, risks and overall coherence
  • Timely management of team & organisational systems and artifacts e.g. Plaza, Salesforce, Exaptive, project management and new funder tools
  • Deep Demonstration team curation and operational relevant data gathering and synthesis 
  • Working with Operations, Finance and Legal as required on Portfolio Call processes and contracting

You bring the following mindsets

  • Highly adaptable, flexible and resilient: able to work effectively in ambiguity and complexity and to respond dynamically to change.
  • Awareness of EIT- and multi-funder business processes 
  • Problem solving
  • Accountability
  • Completer/finisher
  • Curiosity and a learning mindset
  • Bring gravitas that helps build trust 
  • Inclusive leadership 

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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