Vacancy Notice N° o7/2018
Senior Project Officer (Grade B5)
Directorate of Programme Co-ordination
Office in Ankara

Closing date: 26 March 2018
Location : Ankara

Job mission

Under the authority of the Head of Office and the supervision of the Head of the South East Europe and Turkey Unit within the Human Rights Policy and Cooperation Department, the incumbent carries out multiple assignments to meet the overall and specific objectives for the implementation of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme ‘Strengthening the Capacity of Bar Associations and Lawyers on European Human Rights Standards - BARI’, in co-operation with the donors, partners and other stakeholders, and in compliance with the organisation’s regulations and/or 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 conditioned by the signature of an Agreement with the European Union and is limited to the duration of the Project (36 months).


Key activities

The incumbent shall perform the following tasks 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 activities in accordance with the work plan under the guidance of the Project Manager;
  • researches and monitors legal developments and practices relevant to the activities;
  • provides legal feedback concerning the project and guides national and international consultants on any legal/human rights related topics;
  • assists, supports and advises when required in the overall implementation and coherence of the application of the activities;
  • coordinates the Workplan and its calendar of activities in cooperation with the Project Manager in Ankara and the Project Coordinator in headquarters;
  • leads in the preparation of necessary documents and agendas for meetings and working groups, as well as chairing and facilitating them;
  • takes the lead in implementing single activities and coordinating the input from consultants;
  • contributes to the drafting of reports;
  • coordinates the preparation of activities together with service providers and beneficiaries;
  • monitors and follows up on purchase orders, contracts and mission orders, travel and accommodation;
  • provides technical and substance briefings to all short term consultants prior to and during their missions;
  • drafts terms of reference for different contractual engagements aimed at implementing each activity;
  • contributes to drafting briefing notes, speeches, speaking points and official correspondence;
  • contributes to the efficient functioning of the office in collaboration with the Head of Office and the direct Project management in headquarters;
  • undertakes official journeys in connection with activities described above.


Please note that the incumbent 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;
  • A university degree in law, international relations, social sciences, political science or related fields would be an advantage.


  • At least three years of professional experience as a lawyer or legal/human rights analyst;
  • At least three years of professional experience contributing to the implementation of EU-funded projects.

Language requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of Turkish (mother tongue level);
  • Very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English);
  • Knowledge of French would be an asset.


  • 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:
  • proven experience in providing legal analysis and advisory work;
  • proven experience in contributing to the implementation of technical co-operation or policy-oriented projects, preferably in the field of the judiciary and/or human rights;
  • in-depth knowledge and understanding of international policies and standards in the protection of human rights and the Council of Europe standards and work in this field;
  • knowledge of the overall political and social situation in Europe and in particular in Turkey;
  • ability to conceive and provide informed advice as appropriate;
  • knowledge of project management tools (Project Management Methodology, logframes, etc.);
  • ICT skills: sound computer skills and experience using standard tools in office applications (word processing, presentations, outlook, spreadsheet, databases, internet publications).
    • Teamwork and co-operation
    • Planning and work organisation
    • Analysis and problem solving
    • Drafting skills
    • Results orientation
    • Initiative
    • Communication



  • Organisational and contextual awareness
  • Resilience
  • Concern for quality


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 26 March 2018 (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.