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European & External Affairs Directorate

Term of contract

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




The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is recruiting the Director of its Directorate for European & External Affairs. Reporting to the Governor of the CEB, the new Director will be a seasoned and highly communicative professional with profound European experience, driven by the social mandate of the Bank. The successful candidate will be a member of the senior management team of the institution. The Director will lead and motivate a team of currently 16 staff.

The CEB, established in 1956, is a multilateral development bank with a unique social mandate. It works to strengthen social cohesion and build thriving communities in its 42 countries by financing projects that promote inclusive growth, support vulnerable groups and bolster environmental sustainability.

The Directorate for European & External Affairs (EEA) primary tasks comprise the strengthening of the relationships between the CEB and the European Commission, other European Union institutions and stakeholders. In this context, it is expected from the new Director to enhance the CEB’s role as a partner institution for the European Commission and to identify new areas of cooperation with the European Union, for example, in the framework of NextGeneration EU and InvestEU. Moreover, the Directorate is also responsible for the external communication about the Bank’s activities, conducting research and the preparation of publications as well as the management of donor trust funds.  

Main responsibilities:

  • Enhance the CEB's institutional visibility as a partner of choice in social cohesion policies in Europe, by
    - strengthening the relations with the EU and European Institutions;
    - leading and supervising CEB’s positioning in the field of corporate social responsibility, including gender and economic inclusion aspects and relations with civil society;
    - providing guidance for research and studies intended for publication;
    - developing means of internal and external corporate-level communication;
    - supervising the management of donors' trust accounts: ensuring the donor fund control systems and methodology are adapted in line with the development of the Bank’s activities and comply with CEB’s and donor’s requirements.

  • Advise the Governor, executive bodies and internal committees on European issues and possible new business opportunities for the Bank, by participating in strategic working groups and in CEB management meetings.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to EEA Directorate staff members, a multicultural group of highly qualified international professionals.
  • Manage the Directorate's operations, activities and resources in close collaboration with other Directorates.



Academic background:

  • Master’s degree or higher, in Banking, Finance, Economics, or Law


Professional background:

  • Proven professional track record, spanning at least 10 years, on European and banking issues within the context of European institutions and including 5 years of leadership and people management experience, with proven positive results.
  • In-depth understanding of banking and financial issues.
  • Excellent capacity to develop and maintain an efficient network in the EU community.
  • Profound knowledge of the structure, organisation and decision making within the European Commission would be essential.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, including an ability to translate concepts and general policy orientation into concrete proposals.


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 member countries languages would be an asset.


Profile (continued)

Core competencies:

  • 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.
  • Team work: strong skills in building and leading teams and contribute to the cohesiveness of the Bank's senior management.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.


  • 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 Kléber, 75116 Paris

Applicant criteria

Employment Conditions

The CEB offers a 3-year appointment (including a one-year probationary period), renewable.

Depending on level of experience, monthly salary would be between approximately EUR 12K and EUR 14K.
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 and is strongly committed to increase its share of female senior staff members. Hence, qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates may be asked to provide evidence of their professional background as well as achievements and to make themselves available for interviews, including 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 14 April 2021.