Country Manager

  • Competitive
  • Paris, Ile-de-France, France
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Council of Europe Development Bank
  • 19 Feb 18 2018-02-19

Projects Department Directorate for Loans & Social Development Group II (Grade A2/A3) Vacancy notice n°01/2018

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is a multilateral development bank with a social mandate. The CEB contributes to financing the implementation of socially oriented investment projects through four sectoral lines of action, namely: strengthening social integration; managing the environment; supporting public infrastructure with a social vocation; supporting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

The Bank also plays an active role in the response to the migrant and refugee challenge in Europe.



Within the Projects Department, the incumbent will be in charge of implementing the loans policy, in particular:

Project development

  • Managing current relations and developing relations with potential borrowers; also with other stakeholders (IFIs, international organisations, donors, consultants, etc.) in the preparation of Bank operations.
  • Identifying opportunities for financing projects with a high value added with existing or newly identified borrowers.
  • Participating in and representing the CEB at events in connection with his/her functions.



  • Coordinating with the Bank’s other departments within the framework of project preparation and elaboration of projects; contribute to analysing the relevant financial, economic and social aspects of projects; elaboration of documents related to the preparation of projects for the CEB’s internal committees;
  • Coordinating with the national, regional and local authorities and with other public or private actors (including IFIs, international organisations, etc.) in the preparation of projects;
  • Elaboration of project presentation reports for the intention of the Administrative Council.


Project management

  • Negotiating contracts and contributing to the drafting of the legal documentation; managing disbursements;
  • Coordinating with the national, regional and local authorities and with the other actors (IFIs, international organisations, etc.) in the implementation of projects;
  • Coordinating with the departments in charge of the technical and financial monitoring of projects.

In the framework of the project cycle he/she will be in charge with the coordination and the management of consultants involved on Bank’s interventions. This will include identification of needs, elaboration of terms of reference and internal documents related to the consultancy assignments, coordination of the selection process, negotiation of contracts and monitoring of consultants’ activities.

During the course of his/her career the incumbent might be called to manage staff.

In general, the incumbent will collaborate with any other duties as may be requested in connection with the activity of the service.


Studies: High level university degree or equivalent.

Professional skills:

  • Experience in developing, setting up and monitoring projects in a financial institution, international organisation, development organisation, engineering/construction firm or a consulting firm.
  • Good level of technical writing and familiarity with the development banking environment.
  • Ability to manage and work with independent third party Consultants would be an asset.

Personal skills:

  • Rigour, capacity for analysis and synthesis, ease in the elaboration of documents, dedication.
  • Strong capacity for personal contacts and teamwork skills in a variety of cultural contexts.
  • Ability to share knowledge and communicate on project related issues effectively and persuasively, both within the CEB and with clients.
  • Capacity to adapt quickly to new tasks and activities.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiatives and manage a variety of activities concurrently.
  • Results focus (including respect of deadlines).

Language skills: Perfect command of English and good oral and written comprehension of French language are expected. Excellent command of German language would be an asset. 

Nationality: Citizen of one of the Bank’s Member States.



1) Contract: the CEB offers a 4-year appointment (including one year probationary period) with, under certain conditions, the possibility of renewal.

2) Grade and salary:

• group II (A2/A3)

• the basic salary is contingent upon the grade and step determined at the end of the recruitment process.

3) Benefits (determined by the candidate's personal situation):

• basic family allowance

• expatriation

• dependent child supplement

• one additional monthly dependent child supplement to a single-parent family

• supplement for disabled and dependent parent subject to certain conditions

• supplements for disabled or severely disabled child subject to certain conditions

• education allowance (children) for expatriate staff members

• settling-in and removal allowance for expatriate staff members and for non-expatriate staff members subject to certain conditions

4) Taxation: the items included in Points 2) and 3) are not liable for income tax.



Within the framework of its rules on equal opportunity, the Council of Europe Development Bank strives to ensure equal representation of men and women among its staff, both per category and per grade. In compliance with these rules, in the case of equal merit, preference is given to the candidate of the underrepresented sex (at the time when the Selection Committee makes its recommendation).

To submit your application, please visit our online recruitment site via the apply button

Deadline for applications: 4 March 2018 by midnight (Paris time)

Candidates may be required to take examinations.