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17 Mar 2017

Full-Time Legal Counsel

CEB – Council of Europe Development Bank – Posted by admin Paris, Île-de-France, France


Job Description

Legal Counsel

Office of the General Counsel
Group II
(A2/ A3)
Vacancy Notice No. 08/2017

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is a multilateral development bank with a social mandate. The CEB contributes to financing the implementation of socially oriented investment projects through four sectoral lines of action, namely: strengthening social integration; managing the environment; supporting public infrastructure with a social vocation; supporting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

The Bank also plays an active role in the response to the migrant and refugee challenge in Europe.


In the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), within Operations, Loans unit the incumbent will be mainly responsible for providing legal advice on a wide range of transactions 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 may also work on other matters of relevance for the Bank’s activity upon request.

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


Studies: University degree in Law allowing the admission to a bar association, backed up by postgraduate degree (e.g., LL.M.) preferably (i) carried out in a country other than the one in which the main studies were done; and (ii) focused on Banking/Finance or International Law.

Professional skills:

  • Over 5 years of relevant legal experience in the legal department of an international financial institution, 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), preparation and negotiation of international financing agreements and familiarity with the legal and institutional framework of multilateral development banks and international financial institutions;
  • 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 in the other.

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.


1) Contract: the CEB offers a 4-year appointment (including one year probationary period) with 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;
  • dependent child supplement;
  • one additional monthly dependent child supplement to a single-parent family;
  • supplement for disabled and dependent parent subject to certain conditions;
  • supplements for disabled or severely disabled child subject to certain conditions;
  • education allowance (children) for expatriate staff members;
  • settling-in and removal allowance for expatriate staff members and for non-expatriate staff members subject to certain conditions.

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


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).


How to Apply

To submit your application, please visit our online recruitment site: Deadline for applications: 6 April 2017 by midnight (Paris time). Candidates may be required to take examinations.

Job Categories: Legal jobs. Job Types: Full-Time.

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