Strategic Programmes Builder- Entrepreneurship Programme Builder

1- year Fixed Term Contract
11 Aug 2021
Competitive for Not-for-Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Denmark



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. EIT 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 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?

EIT Climate-KIC has developed and nurtured a series of strategic programmes that are designed to either enhance skills and capabilities or support start-ups to help tackle climate change. In some cases, they do both. Transformation in Time sets out the critical nature of having strong skills, innovative learning approaches and innovative start-ups to create the possibility for the quick, large-scale transformation Europe needs. The sub-strategy Entrepreneurship for Transformation in Time presented a vision for how EIT Climate-KIC’s strategic programmes can change to maximise the potential for transformation.  

You will be at the heart of our entrepreneurship programmes designing, building, co-ordinating and delivering them. The intent is to continue to scale the programmes ensuring that we build synergy with the European Green Deal goals and capitalize on growing emerging markets interest to support global climate action ambitions and deliver maximum impact.

Typical tasks may include:

  • Contributing to the design, orchestration and delivery approach of our entrepreneurship programmes. 
  • Manage the stakeholders engaged in delivering the content of the programmes
  • Build collaborations inside and outside the organisation to achieve the objectives of the programme and contribute to the organizational goals
  • Act as a link between the programmes and other groups at EIT Climate-KIC
  • Gather insights to support the strategic evolution of the programmes
  • Contribute to the budget management of the programme and requirements from funders. 
  • Engage with other team members in a strong team spirit, focused on achieving OKRs (Objective Key Results). 
  • Work across multiple programmes as needed depending on the scale.

What will our teams rely on you for?

  • Responsible for supporting the results of the programme and the vision for how it supports transformation. 
  • Responsible for engaging across the partners and community to support the programme development and delivery. 
  • Responsible for maintaining the budget health of the programme.
  • Responsible for reporting, programme-set up, monitoring and evaluation and closing with respect to funders needs. 
  • Responsible for helping build the links with other Programmes and functions, including our teams in our Deep Demonstrations demand-led initiatives.
  • Responsible for linking to other functions within the shared services for the programmes and other enabling services in the organization.

You have outstanding capabilities in:

  • Experience in startup support, innovation management or related fields, and of managing programmes with an international dimension (3 years plus as indicator)
  • Entrepreneurship/ business creation programme design
  • Methodologies, techniques, and domains relating to entrepreneurship and business creation
  • Programme development and management.
  • Community management (startups, investors, corporates, coaches, mentors, etc.)
  • Building trusted relationships. Abilities to reconcile differing expectations, objectives and requirements of multiple organisations and stakeholders to create collaborative solutions.
  • Stakeholder management. Networking and organisational abilities, including the ability to influence key internal and external stakeholders and collaborate effectively with public and private funders and partners.
  • Experience and/or strong interest working on programmes with an emerging markets’ focus
  • An understanding of methodologies, tools and techniques relating to monitoring and evaluation of international multi-stakeholder programmes.

You have good capabilities in:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Attention to detail
  • Delivering tasks on time and budget
  • Writing reporting and marketing materials
  • Co-creation with multiple stakeholders

You bring the following mindsets:

  • Can do, get it done today action orientation
  • Passion and commitment for the mission and the programme
  • Collaborative and team focus
  • Friendly, constructive and visionary
  • Delivery on time, on target

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.

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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