Senior Project Officer at the Council of Europe. 355 views


Senior Project Officer

(Grade B5)



Council of Europe Office

Location: Kyiv


Job mission


Under the authority of the Head of Office, and the supervision of the Head of the Co-operation Division, Department for the Implementation of Human Rights, Justice and Legal Cooperation Standards, Directorate General of Human Rigths and Rule of Law, the incumbent carries out multiple assignments to meet the objectives for the implementation of the Project “Human rights compliant criminal justice system in Ukraine”, in co-operation with beneficiaries, partners, donors and other stakeholders, in compliance with the Organisation’s regulations and/or donor requirements.


Employment is limited to the duration of the Project’s Phase II that is expected to end on 31 December 2022, and may be prolonged subject to availability of continuation of the Project/availability of funds.


Key activities


The incumbent performs the following key duties in close co-operation and co-ordination with the Project management, in accordance with the Organisation’s procedures, guidelines and priorities, with a concern for quality, efficiency, accuracy and confidentiality:


  • plans, organises, implements and follows up on project activities in accordance with the project’s work plan and calendar of activities, in co-operation with local partners and stakeholders;
  • contributes to reports and other documents resulting from the activities, as well as thematic and other documents related to the project’s objectives;
  • participates in project meetings and events and undertakes follow-up action as required;
  • liaises with the counterparts in the beneficiary institutions assigned to the project;
  • monitors political, social, legislative sector-related developments in Ukraine to identify opportunities and risks which may contribute to or hamper effective project implementation, provides briefs and advises on suitable action;
  • performs legal research and provides legal and organisational assistance, including to headquarters-based staff and international short-term consultants when carrying out tasks and missions in the field, as well as on the content and methodology of the work plan;
  • contributes to processing and checking the expert opinions, training and awareness materials produced under the project in Ukrainian;
  • ensures the implementation of the Council of Europe procurement procedures in the context of preparation of project activities;
  • ensures efficient communication actions and proper visibility of the project;
  • undertakes official journeys in Ukraine and abroad in connection with the project activities as required;
  • Local recruitment procedure organised in accordance with Rule No 1234 of 15 December 2005.
  • carries out other tasks as may be required connected to the project’s implementation;
  • 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;
  • 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.


About the Project in brief:


The Project aims at ensuring effective functioning of the criminal justice system in Ukraine aligned with European human rights standards with a large focus on practical implementation of reforms in the criminal justice area, specifically with regard to the following components:


  1. Further harmonisation of the criminal procedure legislation and practice of its implementation in line with Council of Europe standards and best practices (addressing primarily shortcomings identified in ECtHR judgments against Ukraine);


  1. Consolidation of independence, effectiveness and transparency of the public prosecution service.


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 University degree in law, international relations, political sciences or in the field of social science would be an advantage.


  • At least four years of relevant professional experience in the area of justice/criminal justice, human rights or a related field;
  • Professional experience in contributing to the implementation of technical co-operation or policy-

oriented programmes at an international and/or national level.


  • Excellent knowledge of Ukrainian (mother tongue level);


  • Very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English), including knowledge of the legal language;
  • Knowledge of French would be an advantage.


  • Nationality of host country or 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 and understanding of Council of Europe standards and principles of work in the field of human rights and justice/criminal justice reforms;
  • in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Ukrainian context of the justice sector reforms and the human rights situation Ukraine;
  • very good knowledge of the Ukrainian legal system, in particular in the fields of justice and human rights protection;
  • knowledge of the overall political and social situation in Europe, in particular in Ukraine;
  • ICT skills: sound computer skills and experience using standard tools in office applications (word processing, presentations, outlook, spreadsheet, databases, internet publications).
  • Planning and work organisation
  • Teamwork and co-operation
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Results orientation
  • Concern for quality
  • Drafting skills
  • Communication



  • Professional and technical expertise:
    • professional experience in the field of criminal justice reforms in Ukraine;


  • knowledge of project management tools (Project Management Methodology, logframes, etc.);
  • experience of working in an international environment.
  • Initiative
  • Learning and development
  • Resilience


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




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Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe on-line application system.  Applications must be submitted at the latest 26/09/2021 (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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