Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) Officer, Central and Eastern Europe – Budapest or Warsaw

European Affairs, Regional Innovation Scheme
Fixed term 1 year
03 Aug 2019
Director, European Affairs
Competitive for Not for Profit Organisation
01 Nov 2019
Budapest or Warsaw


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

The role will support Climate-KIC’s EIT Regional Innovation Scheme programme roll out, strategy and the building of synergies with other internal and external activities and programmes.
The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) is the EIT Community’s outreach scheme. The scheme enables the transfer of good practices and know-how from the EIT’s unique approach to boosting innovation. The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme was introduced in 2014 to share good practices and experience emerging from EIT Community activities and to widen participation in our activities across Europe. The objective of the EIT RIS is to contribute to boosting the ability to innovate of countries and regions in Europe that belong to the groups of so-called ‘modest and moderate’ innovators (according to the European Innovation Scoreboard).
Climate-KIC was among the first wave of Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) to implement the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS). Our commitment to the EIT RIS stems from our mission and fundamental conviction that a societal challenge of the magnitude and severity of climate change can only be adequately dealt with if action is taken a) across Europe and b) to support real places where the severe impacts and adaptation challenges are being experienced already. The EIT RIS provides us with the opportunity to do both and work with dynamic regions and partners across Europe via selected organisations and partnerships spanning the Knowledge Triangle (KT) to tackle these challenges in real terms and gain access to talent from these regions. Our EIT RIS community currently covers Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.
Purpose of the role is to support EIT RIS partners and EIT Climate-KIC Hubs (henceforward referred to as ‘EIT Hubs’) in the aforementioned countries to deliver projects and build local consortia aligned with Climate-KIC’s EIT RIS Strategy 2018-2020 as well as work with Climate-KIC Geographies and Themes to engage, support and develop the EIT Hubs.
The role will require regular travel in the relevant regions.


  • Build and develop day-to-day working relationships with EIT RIS partners and EIT Hubs to encourage consortium development in each EIT RIS country spanning the Knowledge Triangle. Act as ‘partner relationship manager’ for the EIT Hub consortia.
  • Support partners throughout the entire project management cycle, track KPIs and outputs/deliverables and support partners during the reporting phase
  • Encourage and monitor interaction between CEE Geography and EIT RIS activities/ and networks.
  • Support the Programme Manager on encouraging and monitoring interaction between the Themes and strategic agenda for EIT RIS, spotting and developing opportunities to align and deliver these within the EIT Hubs
  • With the EIT RIS Programme Manager, develop cross-geography initiatives to improve KTI performance in the EIT RIS consortia and countries, prioritising pan-geography learning and interaction.
  • Ensure the portfolio of EIT RIS activities is managed and coordinated effectively to deliver to plan and meet KPI targets.
  • Raise profile of EIT RIS in the geography and EIT RIS countries, producing content on EIT Hub/partner activities and achievements. 
  • Develop and maintain marketing material such as flyers, factsheets and presentations, and ensure these get placed through appropriate channels in the EIT RIS countries.

Profile required

  • A relevant academic degree or qualification is essential
  • A project management qualification is desirable
  • At least 1-2 years of relevant experience in project and general management
  • Interest in working in a major European innovation programme and committed to help the programme grow and generate real impact• Worked in a highly dynamic, pan-European environment
  • Prior experience in either climate adaptation/mitigation and/or regional innovation
  • Project Management
  • Ability to quickly and systematically collect and analyse information and knowledge from others and quickly build and maintain relationships across a wide range of stakeholders and all levels of management (both internal and external)
  • Capable of managing, storing, organising data & knowledge and making it available to others using a variety of tools
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English
  • Expert user of Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong analytical ability
  • Working knowledge of SharePoint
  • Working knowledge of Salesforce or similar data management system
  • Fluency in more than one European language, knowledge of a CEE language is advantageous
  • Personable and approachable
  • Proactive, adaptable and resilient
  •  A strong team player 
  • Committed and passionate about the mission of Climate-KIC

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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