CEB - Council of Europe Development Bank

Legal Counsel

CEB - Council of Europe Development Bank

Paris, France

Office of the General Counsel
Group II (A2/A3)
Temporary contract (9 months) or Secondment

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is a multilateral development bank with a social vocation. Established in 1956 in order to bring solutions to the problems of refugees, its scope of action has progressively widened to other sectors of action directly contributing to strengthening social cohesion in Europe. The CEB represents the major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe in order to help its 41 Member States achieve sustainable and equitable growth.


In the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), the incumbent will be providing legal advice on a wide range of transactions in connection with the Bank’s project financing activity, in particular:

  • Monitoring legal issues during project appraisal;
  • Providing legal input during contract negotiations (loans/grants, guarantees/collateral);
  • Supervising the work of external legal advisors;
  • Drafting legal/policy documents, opinions and reports;
  • Conducting research concerning topics of relevance for project financing operations (procurement, environmental and social safeguards, compliance, dispute settlement);
  • Carrying out administrative/procedural formalities.

The incumbent, depending on his/her experience, may also work on transactions in connection with the Bank’s capital markets activity (funding/derivatives/repos…).

In carrying out the above functions, the incumbent will demonstrate a good capacity for autonomously managing the files entrusted by a Senior Legal Counsel or by the Deputy General Counsel.



University degree in Law allowing admission to a bar association, backed up by a postgraduate degree (e.g., LL .M.) preferably (i) carried out in a country other than the one in which the main studies were done; and (ii) focused on Banking/Finance or International Law. Qualification as a German lawyer is an advantage.

Professional skills:

  • Over four years of relevant legal experience in the legal department of an international financial institution, international bank or a law firm of international repute. Priority will be given to candidates with practical experience in the legal structuring of development projects, in particular private finance initiative (PFI)/public-private partnership (PPP), preparation and negotiation of international financing agreements and familiarity with the legal and institutional framework of multilateral development banks and international financial institutions;
  • IT skills: sound knowledge of current IT tools, including electronic document management tools;
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and work to challenging deadlines;
  • Analytical skills: capacity to analyse, structure and summarise legal information; ability to assess implications; attention to accuracy and detail in legal documents.

Interpersonal skills:

  • Adaptability to a multicultural environment and sense of service;
  • Good relational and teamwork skills.

Language skills:

The minimum requirement is fluency in one of the Bank’s two official languages (English/French) and a basic knowledge in the other. Fluency in German is an advantage.

Personal attitudes and values:

  • Focus on results and continuous improvement; concern for quality and efficiency;
  • Integrity;
  • Discretion;
  • Respect for diversity.


Citizen of one of the Bank’s Member States.


1) Contract: the CEB offers a temporary appointment with the possibility of renewal. The cumulated duration of temporary contracts, including their renewals, shall not exceed nine (9) months per calendar year.

2) Grade and salary:

  • Group II (A2/A3);
  • The basic salary is contingent upon the grade and step determined at the end of the recruitment process.

3) Benefits (determined by the candidate's personal situation).

  • resident allowance;
  • dependent child supplement.

4) Taxation: the items included in Points 2) and 3) are not liable for income tax.

The CEB will also consider secondments from other organisations, particularly European Institutions, IFIs and National Banks or other partners. These are organised in the context of staff exchange frameworks or on an ad hoc basis at an organisational level.


Within the framework of its rules on equal opportunity, the Council of Europe Development Bank strives to ensure equal representation of men and women among its staff, both per category and per grade. In compliance with these rules, in the case of equal merit, preference is given to the candidate of the underrepresented sex.

To submit your application, please visit our online recruitment site:

Deadline for applications: 20 December 2017 by midnight (Paris time)

Candidates may be required to take examinations.

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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