Sustainability Consultant - Project Manager - Cities and Regions

Temporary, Full or part-time · Amsterdam

About Metabolic
Cities are one of our most critical intervention points for creating sustainable local economies, reducing impact on natural environments, and increasing the quality of human lives. Our mission is to help city, national and supranational governments, NGOs, mission driven organizations and other stakeholders to build sustainable futures, with a focus on systems change. 

The Cities & Regions team aims to transform and regenerate the urban environment into a fundamentally sustainable state where humans, nature and energy are part of a balanced holistic system enhancing interconnectedness among the urban spaces and the biosphere, humans and health, and building resilient communities. We build the foundations for systems transformation based on our seven pillars for circularity by creating high value material cycles, supporting renewable energy, using water wisely, enhancing biodiversity, promoting culture, protecting our health and wellbeing, and creating value. We are an impactful, close knit team, passionate about changing the world together.

About the Role
We are looking for a Sustainability Consultant with knowledge about the public and semi-public sector in the fields of policy for urban and regional development issues, circular procurement & tendering and circular construction, among other areas.

The Policy Cluster works with a wide variety of public organizations, ranging from cities, provinces and water authorities, all the way up to ministries of the national government. Within the policy cluster, we bridge the gap between in-depth data analyses and consultancy work for public organizations that want to convert this into action. We help public organizations determine their strategic focus, set ambitious sustainability targets and implement policy. We then also support the development of monitoring systems to monitor the transition to a circular economy, both in terms of impact and dynamics of the economy.

For this we apply various analysis tools such as material flow analyses, systems mapping and create dashboards that give immediate insights. We also use a wide range of qualitative methodologies, we conduct interviews, host workshops and use systems and transition thinking in our day-to-day work. We often have close contact with our customers and we are therefore looking for someone who has good communication skills, speaks well in public and can support in hosting workshops.

Your profile
We are looking for somebody who is driven to make a change, outspoken, assertive and eager to learn, and is driven to join our mission to work towards a global sustainable economy. We’re looking for someone who understands the role of public organisations and government in the sustainability transition and knows how to help them change.  

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (Dutch & English, both are hard requirements)
  • 3-5 years working experience in the field of sustainability, policy or urban development 
  • Educated to Masters level (or equivalent) in one or more of the following disciplines: Environmental sciences, Urban and regional development, Earth system sciences, Policy or Water Management.
  • A foundation of knowledge in environmental sciences and governance and sustainable development
  • Able to perform qualitative analysis (interviews, literature review)
  • Knowledge in environmental governance, public policy at the local, national and EU level, and systems thinking is an advantage
  • Experience with material flow analysis or LCA Impact analysis is an advantage, but not an essential requirement 
  • For non-EU/EEA applicants: The role is dependent upon obtaining a visa to live and work in the Netherlands. Metabolic is a recognised visa sponsor and may support the successful candidate’s application for a work visa.
Our Offer

Be part of a dynamic, ambitious and multicultural team that is passionate about sustainability and technology and making an impact. Collaborate and work alongside world-class experts in the fields of sustainability and circularity from our sister companies in the wider ecosystem. We are growing fast and are very passionate about changing the world together.

This opportunity will place you in an environment that values people with their own ideas and initiatives. We believe in flat hierarchies, shared decision-making and impact over profit. You will be able to participate in an evolving decentralized governance system and be part of a close-knit community of people with shared interests and a strong company culture. 

You will also be encouraged to grow and develop, have time and space to experiment with new ideas and have dedicated time set aside for training and personal development. We are based in Amsterdam, but operate a hybrid working model, giving you the freedom to work both at home and at our vibrant office.

This position is based at our offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

About us
Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state. We advise governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context. Combining systems thinking and data science, we map and understand local and global systems to assess where to intervene and develop solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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