veröffentlicht am 13.02.2018

Council of Europe Development Bank

Legal Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
Group II (A2/A3)
VN 04/2018

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is a multilateral development bank with a social vocation. Established in 1956 in order to bring solutions to the problems of refugees, its scope of action has progressively widened to other sectors of action directly contributing to strengthening social cohesion in Europe. The CEB represents the major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, in order to help its 41 Member States achieve sustainable and equitable growth.

In the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), the incumbent will be providing legal advice on a wide range of matters in connection with the Bank’s project financing activity, in particular:

  • Monitoring legal issues during project appraisal
  • Providing legal input during contract negotiations (loans/grants, guarantees/collateral)
  • Supervising the work of external legal advisors
  • Drafting legal/policy documents, opinions and reports
  • Conducting research concerning topics of relevance for project financing operations (procurement, environmental and social safeguards, compliance, dispute settlement)
  • Carrying out administrative/procedural formalities

The incumbent, depending on his/her experience, may also work on transactions in connection with the Bank’s capital markets activity (funding/derivatives/repos…).

In carrying out the above functions, the incumbent will need to demonstrate a good capacity for managing autonomously the files entrusted to him/her by a Senior Legal Counsel or by the Deputy General Counsel.


  • Studies: University degree in law allowing the admission to a bar association, preferably backed up by postgraduate degree (e.g., LL .M.) (i) obtained in a country other than the one in which the main studies were done; and (ii) focused on banking/finance.
  • Professional skills:
    • Over 4 years of relevant legal experience in the legal department of an international financial institution, an international bank or a law firm of international repute.
      Priority will be given to candidates with practical experience in the legal structuring of development projects, in particular private finance initiative (PFI) / public-private partnership (PPP) projects, and in the preparation and negotiation of international financing agreements.
    • IT skills: sound knowledge of current IT tools, including electronic document management tools
    • Ability to handle multiple priorities and work to challenging deadlines
    • Analytical skills: capacity to analyse, structure and summarise legal information; ability to assess implications; attention to accuracy and detail in legal documents
  • Interpersonal skills:
    • Adaptability to a multicultural environment and sense of service
    • Good relational and teamwork skills
  • Language skills: The minimum requirement is fluency in one of the Bank’s two official languages (English/French) and a basic knowledge of the other. Fluency in German is an advantage.
  • Personal attitudes and values:
    • Focus on results and continuous improvement; concern for quality and efficiency
    • Integrity
    • Discretion
    • Respect for diversity
  • Nationality: Citizen of one of the Bank’s Member States.

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

2) Grade and salary:

  • Group II (A2/A3)
  • The basic salary is contingent upon the grade and step determined at the end of the recruitment process.

3) Benefits (determined by the candidate's personal situation)

  • basic family allowance
  • expatriation allowance
  • dependent child supplement
  • one additional monthly dependent child supplement for a single parent
  • supplement for disabled and dependent parent subject to certain conditions
  • supplement for disabled or severely disabled child subject to certain conditions
  • education allowance (children) for expatriate staff member
  • installation allowance and reimbursement of travel and removal expenses subject to certain conditions

4) Taxation: the items included in points 2) and 3) are not liable for income tax.

Recruitment conditions
Within the framework of its rules on equal opportunity, the Council of Europe Development Bank strives to ensure equal representation of men and women among its staff, both per category and per grade. In compliance with these rules, in the case of equal merit, preference is given to the candidate of the underrepresented sex (at the time when the Selection Committee makes its recommendation).

To submit your application, please visit our online recruitment site:

Deadline for applications: 4 March 2018 by midnight (Paris time)

Candidates may be required to take examinations.

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