Vacancy Notice N° e66/2015
Administrator (Grade A1/A2)
Office Wide

Closing date: 02 July 2015
Location :

Job mission

Under hierarchical authority, the incumbent will  provide professional services in an area of the Council of Europe’s activities, such as programme management, policy advice, intergovernmental co-operation, legal affairs, or administration (finance, human resources, etc.), in compliance with general guidelines and priorities of the Organisation, with a concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy, and in accordance with Council of Europe’s values.

Key activities

The incumbent performs all or a combination of the following key duties:

-        provides, supervises and co-ordinates professional services in a specific field; follows up progress of operations and activities;

-        plans, manages and assesses the implementation of programmes, projects and their components; monitors progress, evaluates results, identifies appropriate adjustments, if necessary, and ensures reporting;

-        organises meetings, conferences, seminars or field visits, and takes part in these;

-        provides secretariat services to committees or working groups;

-        collects and analyses information; carries out background studies and research and prepares working documents, reports and files; drafts reports and minutes;

-        gives advice on political or legal issues;

-        performs general administrative duties related to management, finance, human resources or organisational development;

-        supervises and coaches team members;

-        establishes and maintains appropriate internal and external contacts;

-        undertakes official journeys in connection with activities described above;

-        promotes Council of Europe values internally and externally.

Eligibility Requirements

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


·         Qualifications: Higher education degree or qualification equivalent to a masters degree (2nd cycle of the Bologna process framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area).

·         Experience: At least two years of relevant professional experience related to one or more fileds of activity of the Council of Europe. 

·         Language requirements: a very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English or French) and knowledge of the other. 

·         Nationality: nationality of Turkey. 

·         Age: under 65 years of age at the closing date of the vacancy notice. 

Employee Core Values




·         Vision on international affairs: knowledge of the international, political, economic, social and cultural context.

·         Managerial skills: management of programmes and coaching of others.

·         Professional and technical competencies:

o   good knowledge of the relevant subject matter in one or more of the fields of work of the Council of Europe;

o   problem-solving skills.

·         Interpersonal skills: service and client orientation; team work and cooperation; relationship building and networking; negotiation skills. 

·         Personal attitudes: result orientation; concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy. 

·         Personal values: integrity, loyalty and conscience; respect for diversity. 



·         Communication and linguistic skills: knowledge of other European languages. 


For more information, please refer to the competency inventory 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 2 July 2015 (midnight Central European Time).  


The selection procedure consists of shortlisting, assessment(s), and a panel interview.  Assessments may include one or more of the following: ability tests, behavioural questionnaires, job-related examinations, situational exercises, language tests, interviews and full assessment centres. At least one assessment will be eliminatory.


Depending on the number of applicants, the length of the required professional experience may be increased.  


Candidates with the best results in the previous stages of the procedure (tests, exams, etc.) will, as a last stage of the procedure, be invited for an interview with a panel.


Following this competition, a reserve list of successful candidates, in order of merit, may be established. This list will be valid for two years with the possibility of extending it to a maximum of four years. It should be noted that placement on a reserve list does not give candidates the right to an appointment within the Council of Europe.  The choice of candidates from a reserve list is not made solely according to the order of merit but also takes into account the requirements of the position to be filled and the qualifications of the candidates. 


During the period of validity of the reserve list, candidates on the list may be offered employment on a fixed-term contract, which may be renewed one or several times. There is a statutory probationary period of two years.


The compulsory retirement age is 65. 


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.




External recruitment procedure organised in accordance with Article 15B of the Regulations on Appointments