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Chief of Staff

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Job details


Executive Office

Term of contract

3-year (incl. 1-year probation)




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 Executive Office of the Governor provides support to the CEB’s leadership and identifies strategic opportunities for development and business transformation to broaden the CEB’s perspectives and ensure a better delivery of its mandate.

The CEB is looking for an experienced leader to serve as Chief of Staff to the Governor. The successful candidate will manage the Executive Office of the Governor and its staff in a results-oriented way. S/he will assist the Governor in exercising his functions, ensuring the consistent alignment and the efficient organisation of the Bank’s activities as well as the appropriate transmission of information across all areas of the Bank. S/he will be part of the CEB’s senior management and a key member of its General Management Committee (GMC).


Main Responsibilities:

  • Provide the Governor with sound advice and key information to assist him in discharging his duties.
  • Coordinate and supervise the preparation of thorough briefs for the Governor’s upcoming internal and external meetings and presentations, carrying them out on his behalf where necessary.
  •  Lead and streamline important projects and planning processes across the Bank, in line with its priorities.
  • Support the Governor in strengthening the Banks’ relations with all the stakeholders, in particular Member States and multilateral institutions.
  • Enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the meetings of the GMC and other leadership groups by owning, in close contact with the Governor, their planning, agenda, preparation as well as the detailing of their deliberations.
  • Drive the implementation and monitor the execution of action items defined in the GMC, collaborating with other GMC members to ensure the timely completion of projects.
  • Oversee the communication flows to and from the Executive Office and the management of the Governor’s schedule.
  • Lead, supervise, coach and develop staff; assign roles and responsibilities for the team members.


Academic background:

An advanced university degree in finance, economics, political science or other relevant discipline.


Professional background:

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience, ideally gained in a national administration or an International Finance Institution.
  • Minimum 5 years of leadership and people management experience, with proven positive results. Strong orientation to team culture and cross-functionality.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Bank’s activities, finance and analytics.
  • Excellent understanding of the multilateral-development-bank community, ideally gained through personal participation in their executive boards and/or direct involvement in relevant international negotiations.
  • In-depth comprehension of international, political, economic, social and cultural contexts, in particular those related to multilateral activities of relevance to the Bank.
  • Distinct capacity to coordinate initiatives to successful completion and proven ability to drive complex projects.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Sound judgment and discretion in keeping sensitive information confidential.
  • Capacity to work in time-sensitive, complex and rapidly evolving situations, combined with the ability to deliver results with limited resources.


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 (an)other member country language(s) would be an asset.


Core competencies:

  • Strategic and creative thinking
  • Adaptability to new missions
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Result orientation
  • Ability to lead and inspire a team



  • Citizen of one of the Bank’s member states*

*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, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.

Job location


55 avenue Kléber 75116 Paris

Applicant criteria

Employment Conditions

1) Contract: the CEB offers an initial appointment of three years (including a one-year probationary period), with, under certain conditions, the possibility of renewal. Ideal starting date January 2022.

2) Grade and salary:
• A6-A7
• Monthly starting salary 12,800€, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
• Grades are established without any discrimination (including gender discrimination)

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 allowances* and medical and personal insurance. Staff members benefit from a contributory pension plan which provides them with either a pension or a leaving allowance.

* Benefits determined by the candidate's 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 (see Profile).

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/identity, or disability.

The CEB has obtained the EDGE gender equality certification. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications from CEB member countries candidates should be made in English or French using the Bank's online application system before the deadline of 25 October 2021.

In order to minimise bias, our selection processes include steps such as digitally recorded interviews, written tests and interactive interviews. Please note that initial steps in the selection process will typically be conducted online (remotely).