At Circle Economy, we believe it is time for a new economic approach: the circular economy. We are a social enterprise with an international team that develops practical and scalable solutions to accelerate the adoption of the circular economy. We are growing rapidly both in the Netherlands and around the world through strategic partnerships with governments, cities, and businesses. We offer Circle Scans to businesses, cities and nations, drawing on deep expertise, including in the areas of textiles, the built environment, finance, circular design, and on jobs and skills in the circular economy; the Circular Jobs Initiative.
The Circular Jobs Initiative is a knowledge centre that aims to ensure the transition to the circular economy is positive for work and workers. It was launched early 2020 and finds itself central to Circle Economy’s ambition to create a positive social impact with the circular economy. In the past year, the initiative has developed into an international thought leader on the topic of jobs and skills in the circular economy, and attracted collaborations with internationally leading public and multilateral organisations.
The ambitious mission of the Circular Jobs Initiative is approached through three focus areas: inclusive job opportunities, the quality of work and skills. The wide range of active projects include mapping skills needs, analysing employment effects and developing metrics in research and advisory tracks, as well as engaging with a community that comprises civil society, research and education, private sector employers and the public sector. On top of that, the Circular Jobs Initiative aims to drive knowledge development and the public debate around jobs and skills in the circular economy by publishing and curating content on its online platforms.
Your role in the Circle Economy team
As Circular Jobs Researcher, you will help to drive the content and community of the Circular Jobs Initiative. You will manage projects, conduct qualitative research yourself and produce high-quality and engaging outputs. You will ensure insights developed by the Circular Jobs Initiative meet the needs of our multi-stakeholder community, working closely with the communications team. You will excellently manage both internal and external relationships, helping to secure a place for an increasingly timely topic on the global agenda. You will also work in close collaboration with teams across the organisation to help cities, nations and businesses understand the impact of circular strategies on jobs and skills requirements.
Who You Are
We are looking for a highly motivated and effective researcher who can be a key player in a dedicated team advocating for an extremely relevant topic. You are a natural communicator and can translate complex issues into clear and engaging insights, enjoy conducting new and innovative research, and can ensure projects are delivered on time to the highest standards.
On the content level, you have a clear understanding of and affinity with labour market issues and related public policy, particularly in the context of the circular economy and environmental sustainability more widely. You have a track record of working in international environments in applied research and analysis, advocacy or public administration.
You are practical, knowledgeable and skillful, and looking for a challenge to make an impact. You are passionate about environmental sustainability and social justice, and eager to be part of a team conducting cutting-edge research, advisory and advocacy work. You want to get your hands dirty to create practical interventions to ensure a positive transition to the circular economy for work and workers.
Key Responsibilities and Duties
Research and analysis
Skills and Competencies
We are a team of 45+ driven and ambitious professionals, coming from diverse backgrounds and from more than 20 different countries, sharing the belief that the circular economy creates prosperity for all. We work in a lively and dynamic atmosphere in our open office space right in the heart of Amsterdam. At Circle Economy, we have a culture of getting things done while having fun, and apart from friendly and open team dynamics, you can expect a drink in your hand every other Friday by 4pm.
As a team we have guiding principles that define our mindsets and are inherent in the way we work each day, especially in the way we treat each other and others. Our values are a compass to guide our culture internally and shape our impact externally, they further our greater mission and don’t impose ideology but enable ideas.
What we offer you
For this role, we are offering an initial 1-year contract for 36 to 40 hours per week. We offer an awesome challenge for a passionate person that loves to learn continuously and take up responsibilities in a vibrant and talented team. Salary is competitive, keeping in mind we are a non-profit, startup organisation, based in Amsterdam.
To apply please respond with your CV, a motivation letter and your answer to the three supporting questions enclosed. Applications will be closed at midnight on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.