Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the oldest and largest of all Technical Universities in Spain. It has more than 3,000 faculty members, around 35,000 undergraduate students, and over 8,000 graduate students.
UPM is made up of 21 Technical Schools and Faculties covering Architecture, Engineering, Sport and Fashion Design disciplines. Most of its centers are located in the urban district of Madrid, in the City University of Madrid (north of Madrid), in the Montegancedo Campus (west of Madrid), and in the South Campus (southeast of Madrid), although some of them of more recent creation are spread in the outskirts.
UPM has a strong commitment to Research and Innovation. Participation in competitive European and National research programs provides 40% of the sponsored research funds, and research services and contracts with the industry supply the rest.
UPM ranks first among Spanish universities in the European Union R&D funding, having around 15% of the total number of the European Union funded projects such as the Framework Program, EUREKA and ESA (European Space Agency) held in Spain.
About the Role
The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is looking for a project lead in climate public policy and multilevel governance for the NetZeroCities (NZC) project. The project is an initiative launched as part of the European Green Deal and directly supports the European Commission's Mission for 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030. NZC is being implemented by a 33-member consortium comprising diverse partners from across Europe, currently supporting 112 cities included in the Mission to achieve the decarbonization targets.
We encourage you to apply if you have a strong willingness to collaborate on a daily basis, learn, adapt and be proactive in exploring new approaches. You will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team in a university environment that highly fosters deep collaboration and sustainable urban transformation.
What You're Gonna Do
- Foster multilevel governance for climate action through collaboration between cities, national governments and the European Union.
- Support innovation and experimentation in the elaboration and implementation of public policies for Mission cities in the context of the NetZeroCities project.
- Coordinate several work streams related to city governance, multi-stakeholder collaboration, systemic innovation, and ensure coordination between the different people and teams involved in these topics to ensure knowledge sharing.
- Follow up on the evolution and implementation of national platforms for collaboration, and extract lessons learned for the rest of the cities.
- Prepare reports and presentations.
- Participate in various contributions required by the project.
- At least 5 years of working experience performing functions similar to those described in this job opening.
- Fluency in Spanish and English.
- Post-graduate studies related to public policy, ecological and social sustainability, urban planning.
- Knowledge of public policy elaboration and implementation processes.
- Very good oral and written communication skills, with the ability to present ideas synthetically
- Understanding of systemic thinking and the complexity of urban systems and sustainable transitions.
- Ability to manage digital collaboration tools, from shared documents, calendars, conferencing platforms (Zoom, Teams, etc.) and online collaboration platforms (Miro)
- Experience in working with city governments and local administrations.
- Experience in European Union projects.
- Experience working in a multidisciplinary environment, with connections between actors from different sectors (public, private, third sector, academia) and different fields.
- Experience and knowledge in social innovation and citizen engagement.
SKILLS & COMPETENCES
- High sense of teamwork and cooperation, ensuring constant alignment within the team and with other partners.
- Flexibility to adapt to the needs and capabilities of the team and with other partners.
- Ability to adapt quickly and comfortably to changing conditions.
- High sense of initiative, autonomous working and decision making.
- High sense of empathy and strong relationship management skills.
What We Offer
- Immediate incorporation.
- Open-ended contract (“contrato indefinido”) according to the financial allocation of the project.
- Salary will be calculated according to the salary grid of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and previous experience.
- Full time (weekly 37.5 hours) — working hours between 9:00 am to 6:30 pm from Monday to Tuesday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday.
- Flexible hours for the start and end of the workday.
- Hybrid format with a recommended 3 in-person days at the Center for Innovation in Technology for Human Development (itdUPM) and 2 days of working from home.
HOW TO APPLY
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