Capacity Building Specialist
Central, Eastern, Southern Europe
Division: Urban Transitions
Reports to: Smart Sustainable Districts Programme Manager
Contract: 1 Year FTC – Full time
Start Date: 1 January 2018
Apply by: 31st October 2017
Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation, comprising of over 250 leading partners from business, academia, the public sector and NGOs. Our ambition is to contribute to creating a prosperous, inclusive, climate resilient society with a circular, zero-carbon economy.
We focus on levers of systemic change and a selection of priority areas where innovation is most needed to achieve deep decarbonisation (fossil fuels) and effective adaptation. We act as a platform to catalyse cross-sectoral, transformational change through innovation. This entails providing funding, composition of innovation consortia, working together with our partners to take a portfolio approach to innovation options, enrichment of business model design and implementation, tailored support for experimentation and scaling and support for very early stage ideation and pre-seed innovation.
In order to make ourselves accessible to key actors and ‘problem owners’, we work along four priority themes: urban transitions, sustainable land use, sustainable production systems, and decision metrics and climate finance. A focus on entrepreneurship and innovation design, leadership and governance, capacity building for new skills and capabilities as well as policy evolution is threaded throughout. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities and regions, convening a community of the best people and organisations.
We balance strategic innovation, aimed at driving systemic change, with a significant portfolio of bottom-up innovation – e.g. through our start-up accelerators – in order to achieve leverage, evaluate continuously and adjust our efforts to impact climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial metabolism to a circular, regenerative model, harnessing the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.
Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
Purpose of the Role
The Capacity Building Specialist will be a core member of the Smart Sustainable Districts flagship programme team and will lead capacity building projects that integrate work across the Urban Transitions Theme, Building Technologies Accelerator Flagship and Low Carbon City Lab (LoCaL).
The Smart Sustainable Districts programme supports cities to develop district-scale integrated sustainable systems projects – unlocking radical environmental, social and economic benefits for their communities. The programme also nurtures the development of innovative new solutions that help to unlock district-scale integrated sustainable systems projects.
The Capacity Building Specialist will lead the development of our knowledge, education and process assets that enable our capacity building and advisory support offers to cities. This will include both undertaking and managing projects that capture best-practices and develop education modules that combine lessons from completed SSD projects, other Climate KIC projects, and learnings from similar projects across the EU and internationally. They will also deliver a range of capacity building training to cities using these assets.
Undertake and/or scope and manage
- Market research studies into city needs and priorities relating to scaling up their delivery of district-scale sustainable systems projects;
- Research projects that gather, compare and contrast lessons learned from completed SSD projects, other Climate KIC projects, and learnings from similar projects across the EU and internationally. (with a particular focus on critical success factors relating to leadership, governance, financing, partnerships, supportive local economic systems, citizen participation, planning policy, data, impact assessment, and business models for effective delivery and operation of infrastructure).
- Further refine the SSD knowledge management systems that lie within those of the wider Urban Transitions theme and Climate-KIC;
- Manage and maintain SSD knowledge management systems;
- Use knowledge assets to enable solutions brokering led by City Advisors.
Guidance and Process Standards
- Develop guidance and process standards that will be the foundation of our advisory support for cities. Develop introductory training modules based on these.
- Scope and manage development of education and capacity-building training modules (to be managed and delivered in collaboration with Climate-KIC education team).
City Network Development
- Gather summaries of experience, knowledge and solutions offered by the growing network of city districts and partners working with the SSD programme;
- Assist with the planning of events and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning between cites and district stakeholders that build on the existing SSD knowledge base.
- Develop work scope and specifications to be included in calls for research and education development projects;
- Manage research and education development projects and ensure that project outputs are delivered on time and meeting (or exceeding) expectations;
- Coordinate education module development with Climate-KIC education team in particular, and project input from other team members as needed.
- Assist with organisation of Smart Sustainable Districts and the Urban Transitions events and webinars;
- Assist with Smart Sustainable Districts communications;
- Assist with strategic analysis, business planning and market research;
- Liaise with Climate-KIC geography offices to support project delivery;
- Support PMO team with project management as needed;
- Coordinate EIT reporting for projects delivered under this role and prepare an annual overarching report on capacity building activities.
Key Working Relationships
- Smart Sustainable Districts Programme Manager;
- Smart Sustainable Districts Programme Team and City Advisors;
- Municipalities and City Stakeholders;
- SSD and Climate-KIC partners;
- Urban Transitions theme team;
- Climate-KIC geography offices;
- Climate-KIC communications team.
- You are passionate about catalysing sustainable change in cities and have a keen appetite to generate real impact. You are excited by the Smart Sustainable Districts programme approach and Climate-KIC’s overall mission;
- You must be educated to at least post-graduate degree level in an area such as sustainability, urbanism, community development, or engineering;
- You have demonstrated ability to deliver engaging and effective training courses and online education modules;
- You should have at least 6 years of relevant experience with: capacity building in a professional setting, and practical research and knowledge capture. You will bring to the role your experience of the help that cities need to develop and deliver district-scale integrated sustainable systems projects;
- This position requires excellent organisational, analytical, project management, research, communication and presentation skills;
- You must be organised and have the ability to balance conflicting requirements, changing priorities, diverse groups of collaborators as well as different project-related issues;
- A robust understanding of cutting-edge knowledge management tools, systems, structures and approaches will be a real asset for this role;
- A passion for empowering innovation, taking action against climate change and creativity are further assets to this position;
- Excellent English is required. Another European language is an asset;
- This role could be based at any of Climate-KIC’s main offices and travel in Europe is required.
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 consist of a full curriculum vitae and 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.
Please send your full application to email@example.com.