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Project Officer

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Loans & Social Development Directorate / Grant Operations and New Instruments Division

Term of contract

2-year (inc. 1-year probationary period)




The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), established in 1956, is a multilateral development bank with a unique social mandate. The CEB works to strengthen social cohesion and build thriving communities in Europe by financing projects that promote inclusive growth, support vulnerable groups and bolster environmental sustainability.

The Grant Operations and New Instruments Division is responsible for the oversight and management of EU grant and multi-donor funded projects and programmes which reflect the social mandate of the CEB. In addition to project management activities, the Division identifies and designs new grant operations and innovative instruments, and implements the CEB’s EU cooperation policy by actively engaging in EU project calls for proposals, among other activities. 

The CEB is seeking an experienced Project Officer to join the Loans & Social Development Directorate, Grant Operations and New Instruments Division, New Instruments and EU Programmes Team. The selected candidate will support the CEB in the management of a growing portfolio of pilot grant projects in social sectors (e.g. social inclusion, migration, housing and health programmes) implemented in CEB’s member countries. The selected candidate will also support the CEB in the identification and development of donor funded grant operations and new instruments. The selected candidate will work as a member of a team, widening and expanding CEB’s cooperation with donors (mostly with the European Union) and developing new and innovative instruments, reporting to the team lead and to the Deputy Director of the Loans and Social Development Directorate.

Main responsibilities:

1. Identification of new opportunities

  • Support the CEB in the identification and development of new donor financed/co-financed projects and opportunities, including new vehicles and platforms in the CEB’s field of action
  • Lead on drafting of documents for calls for proposals and tenders.
  • Follow relevant European Commission cooperation strategies and actions with the aim to explore opportunities for new areas of cooperation as regards new instruments and projects
  • Contribute to the effective communication channels between the European Commission and the CEB

Description (continued)

2. Development of new projects and instruments

  • Participate in the development of new instruments, such as those combining loans and grants, in the CEB fields of action 
  • Contribute to the development of new grant projects, including to the preparatory research, drafting of project proposals and applications for funding
  • Contribute to all phases of preparation and implementation of the different work streams related to InvestEU
  • Engage in the negotiation of contracts, contribute to the drafting of contract documentation and assist in the preparation and set-up of new projects/programmes and instruments
  • Contribute to the preparation of information and documentation required by senior management for discussions with key external stakeholders on the development of new projects
  • Coordinate with CEB other departments in the framework of project/programmes/new instruments development and preparation
  • Contribute and assist the Division in the update of procedures and policies for the improved effectiveness and efficiency in the management of non-lending operations at CEB

Description (continued 2)

3. Project management and implementation

  • Lead the preparation, review and regular revision of the detailed project implementation plans and risk mitigation plans, considering agreed milestones, log-frame and budget.
  • Ensure that plans are implemented as per agreed and approved budget. Prepare necessary documentation to ensure approval of expenses.
  • Manage technical assistance activities and the outputs of experts working for the donor funded project(s).  
  • Monitor project progress through regular field visits and meetings with project staff, local authorities and beneficiaries in countries of implementation.
  • Organise and prepare the agenda and documentation for high-level steering, technical and other project coordination meetings.
  • Compile high quality and on time progress and final reports for submission to donor(s).


4. Other responsibilities

  • Collaborate on other tasks and duties in the framework of the Division’s and Directorate’s activity
  • Work as part of a team. Act as back-up to the team lead when necessary.


Academic background:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, economics, finance, international development or similar.


Professional skills:

  • Strong track record (at least 6 years) in project implementation, project management, project finance and/or budget management.
  • Experience in drafting terms of reference and management of technical assistance.
  • Strong drafting and analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to develop a network of contacts and establish effective working relationships quickly. Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong conceptual and acquisition skills in development project/programme environment.
  • Knowledge of and strong interest in the functioning of the EU institutions.
  • Curious and willing to take initiatives, including an ability to spot opportunities.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member. Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate and establish priorities.
  • Understanding of development banking, grant co-financing and technical assistance is an advantage.
  • Experience from another international organisation, in particularly from EU institutions, is an advantage.


Communication and language skills:

  • An excellent written and oral command of English
  • Knowledge of the other official language of the CEB (French) is an advantage

Core competencies:

  • Innovation
  • Adaptability
  • Client Orientation
  • Result Orientation
  • Team Work
  • Communication



  • National of one of the Bank’s Member countries*

*CEB member countries are: Albania, Andorra, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.

Job location


55, avenue Kleber, 75116 Paris

Applicant criteria

Employment Conditions

The CEB offers a 2-year appointment (including a one-year probationary period), renewable

Depending on level of experience, monthly salary would be between approximately EUR 6K and EUR 8K.
For more information, please consult the CEB Basic Salary Scale on the CEB website.

As an international organisation, the CEB enjoys a special status by which staff salaries are exempt of income tax in France. In addition, the CEB offers a competitive remuneration package which includes benefits based on the family situation, medical insurance as well as participation in the Bank's pension scheme.

Recruitment Conditions

Within the framework of its rules on equal opportunity, the Council of Europe Development Bank strives to ensure the recruitment of qualified and experienced staff without regard to their gender, age, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, or disability.

The CEB holds an EDGE gender equality certification. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates may be asked to make themselves available for digital interviews in connection with this selection. Please note that initial steps in the selection process will be conducted online.

Applications from CEB member countries candidates should be made in English or French using the Bank's online application system at before the deadline of 18 April 2021.