Technical Programme Manager
Directorate for Loans & Social Development / Regional Housing Programme
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.
Armed conflicts in the Western Balkans region during the 1990s displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Still today, large numbers of people remain displaced in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia (the “Partner Countries”). To bring an end to this situation, the Partner Countries set up a regional initiative with the help of the European Commission, the UNHCR, the OSCE and the U.S. Government, aiming at providing durable housing solutions to an estimated 74 000 most vulnerable refugees and internally displaced persons. This “Regional Housing Programme” (the “RHP”) is mainly funded by grants from the international community, with the European Union being the biggest donor. The donor funds are held in a Multi-donor Fund (the RHP Fund) managed by the CEB. While the Partner Countries are in charge of RHP implementation, CEB’s role also includes managing RHP implementation and the related technical assistance. The “Regional Housing Programme Management Team” (RPMT), as a part of the CEB’s 8-member RHP Team, is in charge of managing the programme, assisting the Partner Countries in preparing and implementing their Country Housing Projects (CHP), including pre-appraising grant requests, disbursing grants as well as monitoring the implementation of Country Housing Projects and the use of grants disbursed from RHP Fund resources to the Partner Countries. The CEB also supervises the Technical Assistance, funded by the European Commission, that is provided to the Partner Countries by a consultant.
The Bank is now recruiting a Technical Programme Manager to form part of the RHP Team. The Technical Programme Manager will work within the Directorate General for Loans & Social Development. Under the direct supervision of the Head of RPMT, and in close coordination with the RHP Secretariat, he/she will have the following responsibilities:
- Ensure, on a day-to-day basis, that CEB’s contribution and support to the RHP implementation are in line with the RHP policy framework, objectives and schedule
- Assist the Partner Countries in developing their project pipelines and bringing into maturity the proposed projects
- Scope, review and analyse proposed projects in terms of their operational, technical, environmental and social aspects, and ensure subsequent follow-up of approved projects
- Ensure that all applicable guidelines and procedures (CEB, regional, national) are being followed
- Review tender dossiers for works, supplies and services before they are submitted by the Partner Countries for CEB’s approval
- Review requests for amendment of project budgets
- Regularly review the institutional arrangements for implementation throughout the project cycle to ensure that they are in line with international standards
- Carry out regular assessments of economic, social and environmental sustainability of the projects
- Plan and supervise expert assignments to provide technical assistance for RHP implementation. Tasks include, inter alia, identification of technical assistance needs, elaboration of Terms of Reference, coordination of consultants’ selection and contracting process, monitoring and follow up on consultants’ tasks and obligations
- Ensure regular updating of various RHP management tools such as Gantt charts, Procurement Tracking System and Risk Management tables
- Any other tasks judged necessary to provide efficient services and support to the RHP
- Prepare periodical progress reports and contribute to CEB’s reporting requirements
- Maintain professional contacts with stakeholders, in line with the roles and responsibilities within the RHP Team.
Education: At least a Master’s degree in a relevant field, e.g. architecture or civil engineering
Professional expertise: At least 10 years of relevant work experience. Experience with donor funded projects, management of consultants and familiarity with project cycle management would be an asset. Willingness and ability to undertake a significant amount of international travel
Analytical skills: ability to analyse and structure ideas, synthesize complex information, translate analytical findings into practical recommendations
IT skills: excellent knowledge of the MS Office Suite
Communication and linguistic skills:
- Outstanding writing, presentation and editing skills
- Excellent command in English, both oral and written, and good knowledge of French, the second official language of the Bank would be an asset
- Linguistic aptitude in other official languages spoken in the countries benefiting from the Regional Housing Programme would be an asset
Personal attitudes and personal values:
- Rigour and strong attention to detail
- Result orientation and sense of continuous improvement
- Excellent planning and organisational skills
- Strong team player, yet with ability to work independently, take initiative and manage a variety of activities concurrently
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment
- Capability of meeting tight deadlines
- Integrity and sense of diplomacy: dealing with conflicts of interest
Nationality: Citizen of one of the CEB’s Member States.
Job location: France
1) Contract: The CEB offers a 2-year appointment (including one year corresponding to the probationary period) with the possibility of renewal.
2) Grade and salary:
- Group II (A3-A4)
- 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)
- head of family
- family allowances (children)
- education allowance (children) for expatriate staff members
- settling-in and removal allowance for expatriate staff members
4) Taxation: the items included in Points 2) and 3) are not liable for income tax
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 (at the time when the Selection Committee makes its recommendation)
For more information and how to apply, please visit http://ceb.profils.org/accueil.aspx?LCID=1033
Deadline for application: by midnight (Paris time) on 15 July 2016 at the latest.
Candidates may be required to take examinations.