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Head of Information Technology Division / IT Division

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Job details


Corporate Services Directorate / Information Technology Division

Term of contract

4-year (incl. 1-year probation)



Closing date



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 CEB is currently looking for an experienced and energetic Information Technology (IT) manager to head up its IT Division. S/he will be driven by the social mandate of the Bank, and possess a sound mix of technological, management and strategic competencies. IT is part of the Corporate Services Directorate (CS) which also comprises HR, Missions and Protocol as well as Facilities Management and Security. The IT Division (CS-IT) provides quality IT services and innovative information technology solutions to support the Bank’s operations and to fulfil the Bank’s strategic objectives in an efficient and effective manner, continuously adapting to business needs.

The successful candidate will lead and motivate a multicultural team of approximately 15 professionals and a number of consultants in the areas of applications development, end-user support, IT security, network and telecommunications support, customer relationship management, and automation infrastructure support. S/he will work in close collaboration with the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) who reports to the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer. The Head of IT will have an ability at a strategic level while also being operational and hands-on when needed. S/he will be a member of the Corporate Services management team and report directly to the Corporate Services Director.

Main responsibilities:

  • Oversee IT operations ensuring IT technology, processes and services are in place to support the CEB’s business needs.
  • Design and propose an IT strategy, as well as policies and systems to support the implementation of business strategies set by senior management, and ensure that IT developments are part of CEB’s continuous improvements. Lead or participate in larger change projects.
  • Analyse business requirements of Directorates to determine their technology needs. Anticipate IT market evolutions and business needs.
  • Lead and ensure motivation of the team, delegating and overseeing the work of team leads, providing guidance and coaching to enhance client services and user effectiveness, encouraging innovation.
  • Maintain an effective control environment with appropriate security and risk management processes.
  • Work with the CEB’s Procurement Division to purchase efficient and cost-effective technological equipment and software. Ensure overall management of IT purchases and related budgeting.
  • Draft memos and reports to decision-making bodies, committees and auditors as appropriate.

Description (continued)

  • Represent the CEB in IT-related international fora. Build and maintain strong networks and partnerships at the highest levels, notably in other International Financial Institutions (IFI), including the IFI Head of IT working group to ensure that the CEB remains at the forefront of best practice in IT.


Academic background:

  • An advanced post-graduate university degree, preferably in engineering or IT sciences.


Professional background:

  • At least 15 years of professional experience, of which 10 years’ experience in IT and at least 5 years of team management experience, with demonstrated positive results.
  • In-depth understanding of IT system and knowledge of specific tools relevant to banks and financial institutions. Experience from an International Financial Institution or another International Organisation would be an advantage.
  • Excellent analytical skills, capacity to analyse and structure ideas, synthesise complex information and translate analytical findings into practical recommendations.
  • Problem solving and judgment skills, conceptual thinking at strategic level.
  • Excellent capacity to develop and maintain an efficient professional network.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.


Language skills:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (one of the two CEB official languages); working level of French (the other official language) is a definite advantage (with a commitment to learn or further improve, depending on level).
  • Knowledge of other CEB member country languages would be an asset.


Core competencies:

  • Leadership and team work: strong skills in building and leading teams and contribute to the cohesiveness of the management team.
  • Innovation: proven capacity to translate creative ideas into strategies and plans for improvements.
  • Adaptability: demonstrated cultural, intellectual, and interpersonal flexibility.
  • Client and service orientation.
  • Result orientation: pragmatism and self-confidence, ability to make decisions in an autonomous and diplomatic way.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.



  • Citizen of one of the Bank’s member countries: 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, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye.

Job location


55, avenue Kléber - 75116 Paris

Applicant criteria

Employment Conditions

1) The CEB offers an initial 4-year appointment (including a one-year probationary period), renewable.


 2) Grade and salary:

  • The basic salary range starts at EUR 11 200 per month. For more information, please consult the CEB Basic Salary Scale in section 5. Benefits of the CEB website
  • As an international organisation, CEB remuneration is exempt of income tax in France. In addition, our offer includes benefits* based on the family situation, medical insurance as well as participation in the Bank’s pension scheme.
  • Conditions are established without any discrimination, including gender discrimination.

 * Benefits determined by personal situation:

  • basic family allowance
  • expatriation
  • dependent child supplement
  • additional dependent child supplement for a single-parent family
  • supplement for a disabled and dependent parent
  • supplements for a disabled or severely disabled child
  • education allowance (children) for expatriate staff members
  • installation allowance and reimbursement of travel and removal expenses

Recruitment Conditions

The CEB welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of CEB member countries.


The CEB is committed to workplace gender equality and strives to ensure the recruitment of suitably qualified and experienced staff without regard to their gender, as well as their age, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation or identity, or disability.


The CEB holds an EDGE gender equality certification and is strongly committed to increase its share of female senior staff members. Hence, qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


In order to minimise bias, our selection processes include steps such as digitally recorded interviews, written tests and interactive (remote) interviews.


Applications from CEB member country  caandidates should be made in English or French using the Bank's online application platform ( before midnight Paris time on 24 August 2022