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Head of HR Division

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Job details


Corporate Services Directorate / Human Resources 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 HR manager, driven by the social mandate of the Bank, to head up its Human Resources Division. HR is part of the Corporate Services Directorate (CS) which also comprises Information Technology, Missions & Protocol Affairs as well as Facility Management & Security Divisions.  

The successful candidate will lead and motivate a multicultural team of approximately 10 professionals. S/he will manage the full suite of HR responsibilities: talent acquisition and management, compensation and benefits, including well-being of staff. The Head of Human Resources will be a member of the Corporate Services management team and report directly to the Corporate Services Director.

Main responsibilities:

  • Advise the Corporate Services Director on the CEB’s HR Strategy, including its alignment to the CEB Development Plan; oversee CEB workforce planning; and ensure that people management remains part of CEB’s continuous improvements.


  • Manage HR activities and resources in a business partnership with all Directorates, play a key role in change management initiatives, and actively contribute to strengthening the CEB’s culture of diversity and inclusion. Participate in, and when requested lead, relevant strategic cross-Directorate working groups.


  • Lead and ensure motivation of the team, delegating and overseeing the work team leads, providing guidance and coaching to drive maximum performance and optimise policies, processes and automation in all areas of HR activities:
    - talent acquisition, including sourcing, selection, onboarding and retention;
    - compensation and benefits, including pay and benefits administration, leave management, well-being support, medical insurance and pension questions;
    - learning and development, diversity and inclusion, performance management as well as grading and career progression questions;
    - communication to managers and staff; CSR/ESG reporting; and memos to upper management and governing bodies.

Description (continued)

  • In collaboration with the Office of General Counsel, optimise staff rules and policies. In collaboration with IT, propose and oversee the implementation of HR IT developments to streamline processes and improve the value-for-money of HR activities. In collaboration with colleagues managing risk, set up internal controls and propose improvements to mitigate operational risks.
  • Manage sensitive individual situations, e.g. relating to conflict, mobility or other career development questions.
  • Ensure constructive collaboration with the Staff Committee and other internal bodies at the CEB. Draft memos and annual reports to decision-making bodies, committees and auditors as appropriate.
  • Represent the CEB at meetings and fora involving senior HR representatives. Build and maintain strong networks and partnerships at the highest levels, including the IFI network of Heads of HR, to ensure that the CEB remains at the forefront of best practice in HR, contributing to the CEB’s image as an employer of choice.


Academic background:

  • An advanced university degree in business administration, human resources, (administrative or employment) law or equivalent.


Professional background:

  • Demonstrated professional track record, spanning at least 15 years in human resources, and including at least 5 years of team management experience, with demonstrated positive results.
  • Previous experience from an International Financial Institution (IFI) or another International Organisation (IO), and an established network with peers in IFIs/IOs, would be an advantage.
  • Strong generalist background with in-depth understanding of a wide range of HR areas, such as compensation and benefits, sourcing and recruitment, people and performance management, conflict resolution and HR legal frameworks.
  • Excellent analytical and strategic thinking, including an ability to translate concepts and general policy orientation into concrete proposals.
  • Excellent capacity to develop and maintain an efficient professional network.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.


Language skills:

  • Excellent command of one of the two CEB official languages (English and French), both oral and written, and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working 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.

Job location


55, avenue Kléber - 75116 Paris

Applicant criteria

Employment Conditions

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


  • The basic salary range starts at EUR 11 200 per month. For more information, please consult the CEB Basic Salary Scale on 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.

Recruitment Conditions


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 candidates should be made in English or French using the Bank's online application platform ( by midnight Paris time 17 July 2022.