Project Officer at the Council of Europe (Vacancy Notice n° o19/2021) 265 views

Vacancy Notice n° o19/2021
Local recruitment procedure1
Project Officer
(Grade B4)
Council of Europe Office
Location: Kyiv
Job mission
Under the authority of the Head of Office, and the supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Officer will
assist with the implementation of the project “Enhancing decentralisation and public administration reform in
Ukraine”, in co-operation with the donor, partners and other stakeholders and in compliance with the
Organisation’s regulations and/or donor requirements.
Key activities
The Project Officer performs the following key duties in close co-ordination with the Project team, in accordance
with the Organisation’s procedures, guidelines and priorities, with a concern for quality, efficiency, accuracy and
– assists in the planning, organisation, co-ordination and implementation of project activities in accordance
with the project work plan and its calendar of activities;
– contributes to the design, preparation, implementation and follow-up of project activities and
participates in meetings, seminars, working groups, etc. related to project activities;
– liaises with the counterparts in the beneficiary institutions, donors and other partners, contributes to the
establishment of strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders;
– contributes to the preparation, control and follow-up on the budgetary situation and financial reporting
and re-adjustment of expenditures as appropriate;
– participates in the monitoring and evaluation of the project to identify appropriate adjustments;
– reports on results achieved, follow-up required, risks and opportunities for the project’s implementation;
– contributes to the preparation of documents (e.g. reports, briefings, speaking notes), including editing
documents prepared by non-native speakers (in English/Ukrainian) and provides elements for the project
progress reports;
– contributes to raising the visibility of the project (drafting news items, disseminating information, etc);
– contributes to the efficient functioning of the office, in collaboration with the Head of Office, the Deputy
Head of Office and the direct Project management;
– carries out other assignments and tasks related to the project;
– promotes Council of Europe values internally and externally.
Please note that the incumbent may be required to perform other duties not listed in the vacancy notice.

Additional information:

Employment is limited to 31 December 2021 and may be extended based on the needs arising in the project.


Please note that the remuneration (gross monthly salary) is 1 761.10 Euro.


About the project in brief:


The project “Enhancing decentralisation and public administration reform in Ukraine” aims at strengthening local governance in Ukraine in line with the European standards and best practice. It is composed of the three inter-related components:


  • Improvement of legislative framework on local self-government in line with the European standards and good practice.


  • Enhancing capacities of local and regional authorities to deliver efficient and service oriented public administration.


  • Raising awareness of the results and impact of decentralisation of power and local self-government reform among general population and increasing participation of polyethnic/national minority communities in local governance.


Eligibility criteria


This local recruitment procedure is open to applicants already present in Ukraine.


Only applicants who best meet the following criteria will be considered for shortlisting.



  • Completed full course of general secondary education and appropriate professional qualifications;
  • A higher education degree or qualification in law, political science or public administration would be an advantage.
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience contributing to the implementation of projects and/or international co-operation preferably in the field of good governance, decentralisation and local government reform.
  • Excellent knowledge of Ukrainian (mother tongue level);
  • Very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English);
  • Knowledge of French or other languages would be an advantage.


  • Nationality of one of the 47 Council of Europe member states.


  • Under 65 years of age at the closing date of the vacancy notice.


Employee Core Values


Council of Europe staff members adhere to the values Professionalism, Integrity and Respect.





  • Professional and technical expertise:
    • good knowledge of issues relating to good governance, decentralisation and local government;
  • knowledge of project management tools (Project Management Methodology, logframes, risk monitoring, budgeting, etc.);
  • ICT skills: sound computer skills and experience using standard tools in office applications (word processing, presentations, outlook, spreadsheet, databases, internet publications);
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Planning and work organisation
  • Teamwork and co-operation
  • Concern for quality
  • Negotiation
  • Relationship building
  • Communication




  • Professional and technical expertise:
  • knowledge of the standards of the Council of Europe in relation to decentralisation and local government reform;
  • knowledge of the decentralisation reform in Ukraine;
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Learning and development


For more information, please refer to the Competency Framework of the Council of Europe.



  • To apply please follow this link
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate (on the application form and in your cover letter how ( you heard about this position.

Applications must be submitted at the latest 11/05/2021 (midnight French time).


Any false statements knowingly made by applicants in their application for employment or at the time of their engagement will result in the termination of their employment by the Council of Europe.


Applications will be examined with regard to the requirements of this vacancy and applicants will be informed in due course of the outcome of your application. This may take some time after the closing date. Preselected candidates may be invited to take written tests before an interview. Written tests may be eliminatory.


In accordance with the Staff Regulations of the Council of Europe, the compulsory retirement age is 65. We cannot therefore accept applications from persons over this age.


The conditions of recruitment and employment which apply are contained in Rule No. 1234 of 15 December 2005 laying down the conditions of recruitment and employment of locally recruited temporary staff members working in Council of Europe Duty Stations located outside of France apply (Link to Rule 1234).


The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation.


During the different stages of the recruitment procedure, specific measures may be taken to ensure equal opportunities for candidates with disabilities.


The Organisation


The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading organisation in the protection of human rights, democracy and rule of law. It was founded in 1949 in order to promote greater unity between its members and now includes 47 member states, all having signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights.


By Statute, the Council of Europe has two constituent organs: the Committee of Ministers, composed of the member states’ Ministers for Foreign Affairs, and the Parliamentary Assembly, comprising delegations from the national parliaments. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe represents the entities of local and regional self-government within the member states. The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent and impartial institution within the Council of Europe mandated to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in member states.


The European Court of Human Rights is the judicial body which oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned.



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