Job Title: Climate Impact Expert
Please refer to our Capability Framework
Salary: Competitive for Not-for-profit organisation
Location: Amsterdam; Berlin; Brussels; Valencia; Vienna
Start Date: As soon as possible
Apply By: 4 December 2022
EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative. We understand that keeping global temperature rise below 1.5˚C demands unprecedented change. It requires new social dynamics, ways of doing business, capital flows, policymaking, economic models, and new ways of living. That is why our mission is to leverage the power of systems innovation to transform whole places, industries, and value chains by 2030, working across sectors to develop and scale ambitious, mission-led programmes.
Established in 2010 and headquartered in Amsterdam, we orchestrate a community of more than 400 organisations including large corporations and SMEs, municipal and regional governments, universities, and research institutes, as well as non-governmental organisations and uncommon actors. Historically, we have been funded by our founder and core funder, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), but we are currently transitioning to a multi-funder model.
EIT Climate-KIC colleagues are based in one of our local offices across Europe or work remotely from home based in one of the countries where we have a branch. We meet at our local offices to exchange and connect and use online collaboration tools work with each other and with our Community. On occasion, we meet in-person as teams, and once per year as an organisation.
As a mission-driven organisation dedicated to climate transformation, we consider the climate impact of our own actions, for example travel, catering, or IT equipment.
ABOUT THE ROLE
You will help to build capacities at Entrepreneur Support Organisations (ESOs) and start-ups to self-assess their environmental impact, as well as improve the methodology used and aggregate the data across the different programmes within EIT Climate-KIC that participate in Climate Impact Framework.
- Applying the existing EIT Climate-KIC’s Climate Impact Framework for early-stage innovations (start-ups). This includes:
- facilitation of (virtual) workshops on climate impact measurement and (self-)assessment methods to build capacities at Entrepreneur Support Organisations (ESOs) and start-ups,
- provision of 1:1 coaching sessions to ESOs and start-ups,
- application of procedures to validate climate impact claims,
- introduction of climate impact elements at different stages of the life-cycle of our programmes,
- managing climate impact metrics of portfolios of start-ups in our various programmes, and
- producing regular climate impact reports.
- Supporting in the further development of the methodological frameworks and curriculum of climate impact support services to ESOs and start-ups.
Key Working Relationships
Internally you will be working mainly with the Entrepreneurship team at EIT Climate-KIC, with connections to other units such as Communications, IT or Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL). Externally your main relationships will be with service providers supporting us to deliver our work as well as Entrepreneur Support Organisations (ESOs) and start-ups spread across the globe.
To be successful in this role you will be passionate and committed to the mission and the programme as well as friendly and approachable by different stakeholders. We are looking for a can do, get it done today action-oriented person that can help us to manage efficiently and effectively the climate impact of a large pool of start-ups and ESOs.
- University degree, ideally at a Master’s level or higher, in a sustainability-related field. Ideally in, Environmental Sciences or Engineering or other sustainability-related disciplines.
- At least 2 years of demonstrated experience in sustainability or climate impact measurement in academic research, consulting or similar.
- Proven expertise in autonomously organising and facilitating individual and group (virtual) sessions.
- Proven expertise in autonomously creating high-quality written documents (reports)
- (optional) Experience working in topics related to entrepreneurship (e.g. incubators or accelerators) or with existing personal entrepreneurial experiences.
- Deep knowledge and experience in topics related to GHG accounting and disclosure, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Science Based Targets (SBTs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), materiality assessment, energy efficiency, renewable energy strategy, and/or other related climate impact assessment methodologies.
- Fluent in English and either Spanish or French is a must (orally and written).
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (e.g. as facilitator).
- Strong research and analytical skills related to climate impact and sustainability in general.
- Knowledge and experience in topics related to climate adaptation and resilience is desirable.
- Strong data management and visualisation/ reporting skills.
- Experience working with collaborative IT applications (we use Office365/ Microsoft Teams, Salesforce CRM, AcceleratorApp as well as Miro, Zoom, Mentimeter etc.)
Qualities, Personal Style, and Approach
- Can do, get it done today action orientation
- Passion and commitment for the mission and the programme
- Collaborative and team focus
Candidates must have the right to work in the EU prior to applying for the position. Ideally, the successful candidate will be based close to a EIT Climate-KIC office, but we support full remote or hybrid forms of working and offer a high degree of flexibility. You should have the ability and willingness to travel to countries in the global south approximately 1-3 times per year.
At EIT Climate-KIC we are wholeheartedly committed to building a diverse and representative team and an inclusive workplace that values different life experiences and perspectives, and encourages personal development, learning and growth.
When recruiting we look to achieve diversity in the candidate pool. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups and are happy to consider reasonable adjustments to that will foster success in potential employees from diverse backgrounds and life situations. And because our team has differing needs and personal circumstances, we offer a high degree of flexibility to accommodate all working patterns.