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Country Manager

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Loans & Social Development Directorate / Projects Division

Term of contract

4-year (inc. 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 Projects Division in the Loans & Social Development Directorate (L&D) is looking for a skilled Country Manager to implement the loan and project financing policy and contribute to the objectives of the Bank’s development plan. Under the general guidance of the Head of Projects Division and reporting to a Head of Unit, the successful candidate will possess in-depth knowledge of the economic, political and social environment in CEB member states, excellent analytical skills and strong communications skills to operate efficiently a multicultural environment.


Main tasks:

  • Identify opportunities for financing projects with a high social and environmental added value with existing or new borrowers. Develop and manage the cooperation with national, regional and local authorities and with other public or private actors (including IFIs, international organisations, donors, consultants, etc.) in the preparation of Bank’s projects.
  • Analyse the relevant technical, managerial, financial, environmental and social aspects of projects.
  • Coordinate preparation and implementation of projects: elaborate financing proposals; draft documents related to the preparation of projects for the CEB’s internal committees; negotiate contracts and draft legal documentation; manage disbursements; coordinate with the divisions and units in charge of technical and financial monitoring of projects within the Project Team.
  • Draft and present project reports for the attention of CEB’s Administrative Council.
  • Represent the CEB at events such as workshops and conferences related to CEB’s sectors of activity and interest.
  • Manage consultants as needed, including identification of needs, elaboration of terms of reference and internal documents related to the consultancy assignments, coordination of the selection process, negotiation of contracts and monitoring of consultants’ activities.
  • Contribute to horizontal tasks related to the project cycle, or other duties related to activities of the Projects Division, e.g. contribution to strategic documents, working groups.


Academic background:

  • A university degree in economics, social sciences or equivalent.


Professional skills:

  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years’ experience in banking, project financing or financial management in a financial institution, international organisation, development organisation, engineering/construction firm or a consulting firm.
  • Very good understanding of financial statements, capital market, lending practices and budget processes, good understanding/awareness of various aspects relevant for project assessment, such as technical requirements, sector knowledge, legal background, sensitiveness for risks, procurement rules.
  • Proficient level of financial technical writing and familiarity with development banking.
  • Experience in blending loans and grants will be considered an asset.
  • Proven ability to manage and work with independent third-party consultants is an asset.


Language skills:

  • Excellent command of English (one of the two CEB official languages), both oral and written, and knowledge of French (the other official language) or a commitment to reach a good working level.
  • Excellent knowledge of other languages of CEB member states is an asset.


Core competencies:

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



  • Citizen 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

Job location



55 avenue Kleber 75116 Paris

Applicant criteria

Employment Conditions

1) Contract: the CEB offers an initial 4-year appointment (including a one-year probationary period), with, under certain conditions, the possibility of renewal

2) Grade and salary:
• A2/A3
• Depending on level of experience, monthly starting salary range: EUR 6,300 - EUR 7,780, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
For more information, please consult the CEB Basic Salary Scale in section 5. Benefits of the CEB website

As an international organisation, the CEB enjoys a special status which means that our staff members receive their salaries free of income tax in France. In addition to this, our offer includes allowances* and medical and personal insurance. All of our staff members benefit from a generous 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
• one additional monthly dependent child supplement for a single-parent family
• supplement for a disabled and dependent parent subject to certain conditions
• supplements for a disabled or severely disabled child subject to certain conditions
• education allowance (children) for expatriate staff members
• installation allowance and reimbursement of travel and removal expenses subject to certain conditions

Recruitment Conditions

The CEB welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of CEB member countries* (see Profile).

Within the framework of its rules on equal opportunity, the Council of Europe Development Bank strives to ensure the recruitment of suitably 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.

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 2 November 2020

Candidates may be required to take examinations, including digital interviews in connection with this selection. Please note that initial steps in the selection process will be conducted online (remotely).