Student Assistant to Young Innovators Team – Amsterdam; Zurich

EIT Climate-KIC Education
Part-time (8-15 h/week) 1-year fixed term contract
26 Jan 2020
Young Innovators Programme Lead
Competitive for a Not-for-Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
Amsterdam; Zurich


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 purpose of the role is to support the Young Innovators team with delivery of day-to-day activities with a focus on visual communication and data gathering.

EIT Climate KIC’s newly devised Young Innovators programme aims to empower youth to reduce climate change through innovation, to understand, explore and mitigate against carbon intensive lifestyles. This programme aims to boost the skills of young people (aged 12 – 18 years) and prepare them for leading roles in climate innovation. This needs to happen now, as in just a short time, these young people will become the leaders of our societies, businesses and nations. This is a huge opportunity to tackle climate change through learning and innovation from an early age.

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Tasks and Responsibilities

Handle a variety of tasks and collaborate with an array of internal and external stakeholders within the Young Innovators Team and other EIT Climate-KIC teams such as the Strategic programmes team, the community activation team, the Education team and some of our Deep Demonstrations.

  • Help map our ecosystem of partners and collaborators
  • Support us in harvesting data, learnings and spot gaps from programme partners and surveys
  • Help produce learning materials and handbooks to support programme delivery and performance
  • Prepare and update visual presentation material
  • Support with engaging and growing our Community with strategic messages via social media and share engaging content via internal communication channels
  • Support in the preparation of workshops/trainings

The Student Assistant will be expected to participate in weekly calls with the Young Innovators team.

Profile required

  • Studying for a BA, MSc or equivalent in e.g. in Communications, Communication Design, Learning and Development or another relevant degree
  • Strong (visual) communication skills
  • Ability to keep the big picture in mind while focusing on processes and basics of programme implementation
  • Reliable and precise working attitude
  • High level of independence and the ability to prioritise
  • Experience with designing and producing appealing visual material (on- and offline)
  • Ability to interpret qualitative and quantitative data and map learnings and processes
  • Ability to work with an international team in a multidisciplinary context
  • Fluency in English language combined with excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of other European languages highly desirable
  • Digital and data fluency
  • Eagerness to test and use new tools
  • An interest in the field of climate change, system innovation and engagement of youth and 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 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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