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Compensation and Benefits Specialist

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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 Corporate Services Directorate (CS) delivers client-oriented, integrated services, to optimise the work environment and enable the CEB to deliver its mandate. As a business partner, CS supports a capable workforce that is digital and connected, in an adapted and safe working environment, and with efficient travel and visa services. The Human Resources Division (CS-HR) is part of the Corporate Services Directorate and its mission is to attract, develop and retain the right staff in the right jobs to provide the CEB with a diverse, competent and adaptable workforce. Corporate Services Directorate (CS) also comprises IT, Missions & Protocol Affairs as well as Facilities Management & Security Divisions.


The Corporate Services Directorate is looking for a Compensation and Benefits Specialist who will assist the Director of Corporate Services and the Head of HR Division, and collaborate with HR colleagues, in ensuring that the Organisation remains fair, attractive and competitive. This requires staying abreast of market trends and to proactively benchmark comparators, including other international organisations. The candidate selected for this key function in support of the Bank’s strategy and mission will be a talented, results-oriented, autonomous Compensation and Benefits expert with strong analytical and numerical skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Main Responsibilities:

Compensation and benefits design and advice

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of CEB ‘s HR strategy, in particular as it relates to the Organisation’s compensation and benefits policy, practice and automation.
  • Provide expert advice in a wide range of topics related to compensation and benefits, including allowances, bonuses, pension, separation, health protection; job grading including determination of entry grade and salary; and salary adjustment methodology. Provide analysis and draft related recommendations to decision-making bodies, as required.
  • Provide technical assistance to Committees, notably the Pension Committee, Invalidity Board, and the Board for children with disabilities.
  • Provide support to HR colleagues on compensation and benefit queries, as well as on job grading and titling policy, e.g. during the recruitment, onboarding, career development or separation of staff, to ensure that compensation and benefits rules and policies are correctly communicated and implemented.

Description (continued)

Compensation and benefits management

  • Closely monitor and analyse developments in comparator organisations, including other international financial institutions (IFIs), and other international organisations. Formulate proposals for new policies or policy changes, in the compensation and benefits area such as total cash compensation, including bonus system.
  •  Oversee existing pension transfer agreements and initiate the development of other agreements. Operate the calculation of reserves for inward and outward transfers and ensure correct implementation and communication.
  • Liaise with HR colleagues and actuaries for pension system evaluations and changes and with respect to health and accident insurance. Liaise with the health insurance providers and negotiate the contractual arrangements. Manage personal insurance contracts (medical coverage, retired staff, missions, invalidity).
  • Evaluate budget implications of benefit change proposals.


Academic background:

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


Professional background:

  • At least 5 years’ experience with all aspects of global compensation and benefits including expertise on international benefit practices. Previous experience from an International Financial Institution or another International Organisation would be a definite advantage.
  • Familiarity of local and international grading and pay practices worldwide would be a plus, as would broad knowledge of the French Social Security.
  • Excellent analytical and numerical skills. Strong 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.
  • Strong IT skills, including advanced use of Excel.


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:

  • Team work: strong ability to contribute to the cohesiveness of the 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.
  • Communication: demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with non-technical interlocutors, across all categories of staff.



Job location


55 avenue Kleber 75116 PARIS

Applicant criteria

Employment Conditions

  • The CEB offers an initial 4-year appointment (including a one-year probationary period), renewable.
  • Ideal start date: as soon as possible in the autumn
  • Depending on level of experience, the basic salary starts between EUR 6 750 and EUR 8 300 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 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 certification.

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 ( before the deadline of 29/05/2022 before midnight Paris time.