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Student Assistant to Operations & Community Model

CONTRACT
Fixed-term
APPLY BY
02 Dec 2021
SALARY
Competitive for Not-for-Profit Organization
START DATE
As soon as possible
LOCATION
Netherlands
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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

Join our Amsterdam office and support the Operations and Community teams in the implementation of the Community Model and the Business process design for delivery – Operationalisation of the Blueprint in the Netherlands, specifically with a focus on Innovation driven Operations. You will be responsible for supporting the team in a range of tasks including desk-based research, project management of implementation plans and deliverables as well as processing of design outputs and  turning it into tangible outcomes. You may be asked to support with some communication activities, CRM database and other system implementation support.   

Capabilities

Organisation and Project planning & monitoring

  • Support in managing the day-to day implementation of these two workstream
  • Draft plans, monitor implementation and create progress reports in paper and digital fashion. Assist with CRM database and enter new data if needed. Attention to detail and accuracy are important for these tasks.
  • Support the team with planning and execution of deliverables and ongoing engagement with stakeholders
  • Help the team with overall project management and project monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) tasks
  • Mapping of activities, interdependencies and collaboration opportunities

 

Design thinking

  • Apply a design lens (observe, re-frame, ideate, etc..) and a collaborative approach when executing the deliverables
  • Support the team with planning and execution of deliverables and ongoing engagement with stakeholders
  • Support the processing of information coming out of WG discussions and turn it into tangible outcomes to carry on to the next iteration meetings
  • Prepare presentations to seek endorsement by the different audiences (Core team, MT, Board..)

 

Communications & Digital spaces

  • Support communication activities to different stakeholders through different means
  • Support with database maintenance, management and development
  • Carry out regular desk research and benchmark on the topics of reference

Profile required

We are looking for a self-motivated, proactive team member to support our Operations and Community teams. The role will offer a stimulating context from which to build up a network in the climate action community, as well as develop know-how for systems thinking, stakeholder management, innovation driven operations and capacity development, plus insights into thematic climate priorities (e.g. Urban Transitions, Sustainable Production Systems, Mission Finance). You will be part of a friendly, international team, and learn a lot about climate action.

The ideal candidate would;

  • Have a strong academic background in international business, law, entrepreneurship or related fields.
  • Be able to work independently
  • Be proactive in asking questions and seeking advice
  • Strong communication skills in English (written and spoken) – additional languages is a pre.
  • Have excellent research abilities both online and offline, and a natural curiosity to ask the next question
  • Have strong IT skills / willing to learn the use of CRM Systems such as Salesforce
  • Have excellent powerpoint and presentation skills
  • Have some knowledge or experience of climate change, innovation and policy fields
  • Be motivated by the opportunity to work for a European organisation committed to climate action

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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