Legal Counsel

CEB - Council of Europe Development Bank

Paris, France

Mission description

As a Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), the incumbent will be asked to:

  • Provide legal advice on matters concerning Human Resources (Staff Regulations, internal rules);
  • Provide legal advice on privileges and immunities of the institution and its staff;
  • Provide legal advice on procurement and contracting of services for the Bank’s own account;
  • Assist in handling staff disputes;
  • Draft and review internal rules and documents (Governor’s General Rules), legal documents, opinions and reports;
  • Conduct legal research, prepare studies, carry out analysis of legal issues.

The incumbent will work in the unit dealing with “administrative and institutional matters”, consisting of two lawyers and will report to the Deputy General Counsel.



  • University degree in Law allowing the admission to a bar association, backed up by 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 public international law/administrative law.

Work experience:

  • A minimum of four years of relevant experience, in his/her home country or in another country, ideally gained in an international financial institution, international organisation, international bank or law firm of international repute;
  • Demonstrated experience in international administrative law or law of the international civil service or labour law.

Professional skills:

  • IT skills: sound knowledge of current IT tools, including electronic document management tools;
  • Planning and work organisation: ability to manage own portfolio of assigned legal files;
  • 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;
  • Problem solving and judgment skills;
  • Advising skills.

Interpersonal skills:

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

Language skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of French (written and spoken) and very good knowledge of English.

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.

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