Project Officers (Grade B4)

  • Added Date: Monday, 11 February 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 25 February 2019

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Office of the Directorate General of Programmes
Office in Ankara

Closing date: 25 February 2019
Location : Ankara

Job mission

Under the authority of the Head of Office, and the supervision of the Head of the Legal Co-operation Division, the incumbent will carry out multiple assignments to help meet the overall and specific objectives for the implementation of one the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programmes “Improving the Effectiveness of the Administrative Judiciary and Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Council of State” or “Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Court of Cassation” in compliance with the organisation’s regulations and donor requirements.

The incumbent is expected to establish good working relations with representatives of the government, public authorities and the judiciary. She/he may be required to travel within Turkey and internationally and needs a valid passport with no restrictions for travelling abroad.

Employment is limited to the duration of the projects which are expected to end in 2021.

Key activities

The incumbent performs the following key duties in accordance with the Organisation’s procedures, guidelines and priorities, with a concern for quality, efficiency, accuracy and confidentiality:

  • assists the Project Manager in the daily management and implementation of the project;
  • arranges and co-ordinates the preparations and all the aspects of project implementation with the beneficiaries, and liaises with the service providers and participants for this purpose;
  • facilitates the preparation and implementation of project activities, supports the implementation of the project’s work plan and its calendar of activities under the guidance of the Programme Manager;
  • ensures close budgetary follow-up of all activities and expenditures, monitors and follows up on purchase orders, contracts and mission orders, travel and accommodation, and assists the Programme Manager in monitoring and executing the project budget;
  • assists consultants when carrying out their tasks and missions;
  • drafts terms of reference for different contractual engagements and assists the Programme Manager in preparing briefing notes, speeches, speaking points and official correspondence, including progress and narrative reports;
  • reports on activities in progress and if and when problems occur to the Programme Manager and Project management in headquarters;
  • 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 in headquarters;
  • ensures the visibility of the project.

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

Eligibility Requirements

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

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


  • Completed full course of general secondary education and appropriate professional qualifications.


  • At least 3 years of relevant professional experience at a national or international level in project management and implementation;
  • Experience in providing technical assistance on issues related to the justice sector and judicial reform in Turkey.

Language requirements:

  • Very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English);
  • Excellent knowledge of Turkish (mother tongue level).


  • 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:
  • proven experience in assisting with project management and implementation of technical co-operation or policy-oriented projects in the field of judicial reforms;
  • good knowledge and understanding of the Council of Europe standards, principles and work in the field of justice and judicial reforms and good knowledge of Turkish legal system;
  • knowledge of project management tools (Project Management Methodology, logframes, etc.), as well as contract management experience, would be an asset.
    • Planning and work organisation
    • Results orientation
    • Concern for quality
    • Analysis and problem solving
    • Drafting skills
    • Teamwork and co-operation
    • Communication


  • Resilience
  • Adaptability
  • Initiative

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

Additional information


Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe on-line application system. By connecting to our website you can create and submit your on-line application. Applications must be submitted at the latest 25 February 2019 (midnight Paris 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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