Director of Internal Oversight (Grade A6)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 11 January 2017
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2017

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Job mission

Under the authority of the Secretary General, the incumbent provides leadership to, and ensures the efficient management of, the Directorate of Internal Oversight (DIO), in compliance with Council of Europe values and priorities, the Financial Regulations, the Internal Audit Charter, the Evaluation Policy and Instruction No 65 on Investigations. He/she is responsible for ensuring the implementation of policy decisions relevant to the Directorate, set by the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General.

Key activities

The incumbent performs the following duties:

- contributes to the development of the Council of Europe’s strategic priorities and policies and of its major objectives:

  • keeps abreast of issues of major political and strategic importance to the Organisation and translates organisational priorities into audit, evaluation, fraud prevention and investigation work plans;
  • provides advice and proposes initiatives to ensure the organisation’s corporate governance policies and arrangements reflect best practice;

- manages the Directorate’s activities and resources:

  • ensures effective and efficient processes and procedures for the internal audit and evaluation of Council of Europe activities, projects, programmes and organisational entities in accordance with the Audit Charter and the Evaluation Policy;
  • initiates and oversees the definition and production of the annual audit and evaluation plans as well as the annual reporting on DIO’s activities;
  • ensures the provision of advice and assistance to Major Administrative Entities (MAEs) in implementing audit and evaluation recommendations, and the close monitoring of their implementation;
  • provides quality assurance and standard setting for audit and evaluation matters;
  • supports the further consolidation and development of risk management, led by the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes (ODGP) and the Directorate General of Administration (DGA);
  • ensures the dissemination of best practices in audit and evaluation matters;
  • develops and directs fraud prevention measures, such as training and awareness-raising measures;
  • conducts or directs investigations into presumptive fraud;
  • ensures assistance to the External Auditor and the Oversight Advisory Committee (OAC);
  • performs other functions within the framework of the Audit Charter and Evaluation Policy as may be assigned to him by the Secretary General;

- provides leadership and direction to staff:

  • leads and motivates staff in the internal audit, evaluation and investigation functions;
  • clarifies the objectives of the Directorate to staff;
  • oversees the setting of objectives and provides guidance; allocates roles and responsibilities;
  • evaluates the performance of staff under his/her direct supervision;
  • facilitates internal communication; fosters co-operation, team spirit and a harmonious working environment with a view to increasing efficiency;
  • ensures the provision of professional development of relevant staff of the Organisation in audit, evaluation and investigation matters;

- advises and report to the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General, the Senior Management Group, the Ministers’ Deputies and the Oversight Advisory Committee;

- communicates and represent the Council of Europe in matters concerning the Directorate.

Please note that the incumbent may be required to perform other duties not listed in the vacancy notice.

Eligibility Requirements

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


  • Higher education degree (or qualification) equivalent to a masters degree, in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Management or a related field. Exceptionally, the degree or qualification requirement may be waived if the candidate has equivalent professional experience. An appropriate qualification or certification in a relevant field is desirable.


  • Substantial professional experience at senior management level in auditing, evaluation, investigation and/or a related field, preferably in an international environment.

Language requirements:

  • Very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English or French) and good knowledge of the other.


  • 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.


The following competencies have been identified as important for the role:


  • Leadership
  • Vision and strategic insight
  • Management of teams
  • Decision making
  • Communication
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Concern for quality
  • Negotiating


  • Results orientation
  • Learning and development
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Resilience

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

Additional information


Applications must be submitted in English or French at the latest 1 February 2017 (midnight French time) using the Council of Europe on-line application system. By connecting to our website you can create and submit your on-line application.

Only those candidates who are considered to best match the requirements of the job vacancy will be selected for the next stage of the recruitment procedure.

After the preliminary selection has been made, candidates for senior management posts (grades A6 and A7) at the Council of Europe will be subject to a competency assessment.

Candidates may be invited to attend interviews.

The appointed candidate must be a national of a Council of Europe member State. In accordance with the Staff Regulations of the Council of Europe, staff shall retire on reaching the age of 65.

If an external candidate is selected, he/she will be appointed on an initial two-year contract, constituting a probationary period. If successful the appointment will be extended for one or more periods varying in length between one and five years.

If an internal candidate is selected, he/she will be initially appointed for a trial period of two years. If the staff member is confirmed in his/her post at the end of the trial period, he/she shall be re-appointed for three years. At the end of the period of five years, he/she shall be either kept in post, or assigned to another post at the same grade.

The Council of Europe aims at filling the post as from 1st June 2017.

Further details on conditions of employment including salaries, allowances, pension scheme and social insurance can be consulted on our recruitment website.

Under its equal opportunities policy, the Council of Europe is aiming to achieve parity in the number of women and men employed in each category and grade. In the event of equal merit, preference will therefore be given to the applicant belonging to the under-represented sex.

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.

The Council of Europe has its permanent headquarters in Strasbourg (France) and in addition it maintains external presence in more than twenty countries. More information about Council of Europe external presence.

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