Vacancy Notice N° e28/2015
Programme Manager (Cybercrime) (Grade A1/A2)
Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law (DGI)

Data Protection and Cybercrime Division
Closing date: 26 March 2015
Location : Bucharest

Job mission



 Under the authority of the Head of the Cybercrime Programme Office of the Council of Europe in Bucharest, Romania, the incumbent will take responsiblity for the management of capacity building projects on cybercrime and electronic evidence.

Key activities

The incumbent ensures the implementation of project activities and the delivery of results to achieve project objectives through the following key duties:

 - takes responsibility for the organisation of all project activities, including administrative and contractual aspects in accordance with the workplan, guidelines, priorities and deadlines;

 - adds subject matter expertise to the project as adviser, trainer, speaker in events or the preparation of substantive reports or studies;

 - prepares workplans in consultation with project counterparts for approval by the Steering Committee;

 - prepares terms of reference for specific project interventions;

 - contributes to negotiating and concluding contracts with suppliers, consultants and other relevant parties; monitors the outsourcing and subcontracting of activities;

 - coordinates, organises and supervises the work of short-term consultants recruited for individual activities/outputs of the Workplan;

 - follows the project budget and manages the financial resources allocated to the project by closely monitoring expenditure in line with regulations, procedures and requirements; identifies appropriate measures and adjustments, if necessary;

 - supervises and coaches the work of project team members (recruitment, internal communication, training, objectives setting and appraisal);

 - ensures a high quality of reports prepared under the project;

 - ensures that contractual obligations are met regarding project reporting; 

 - ensures project visibility;

 - establishes and maintains contacts with  counterparts, donors, partners and other relevant stakeholders in view of cooperation and synergies;

 - reports to the Head of the Office on results achieved, on further requirements, risks and opportunities; discusses and advises on strategy, in particular regarding complex and politically sensitive issues.

 Please note that the incumbent may be required to perform other duties not listed in the vacancy notice.

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) in law, political sciences or in a related field;
• Experience: At least 5 years of professional experience relating to criminal justice matters, including at least 3 years in matters related to cybercrime, and  preferably at  international level;
• Language requirements: very good knowledge of one of the two official languages of the Council of Europe (English) and knowledge of the other (French);
• Nationality: nationality of one of the 47 Council of Europe member states;
• Age: under 65 years of age at the closing date of the vacancy notice.

Employee Core Values


• Vision on international affairs: awareness of the international political, economic, social and cultural context.
• Managerial skills: proven experience in the management of technical cooperation projects; experience of managing teams.
• Professional and technical competencies:
- proven knowledge of relevant international instruments and measures on cybercrime;
- proven ability to work in an international and multi-cultural environment; ability to travel extensively to project regions;
- planning and work organisation; problem-solving skills.
• Interpersonal skills: service and client orientation, team-work and co-operation, relationship-building, diplomacy.
• Communication and linguistic skills: very good drafting skills in English; proven experience in drafting project reports and technical reports; presentation skills.
• Personal attitudes: initiative and responsibility, result-orientation and sense of continuous improvement; concern for quality and efficiency.
• Personal values: integrity, loyalty, discretion; respect for diversity.

• Communication and linguistic skills: knowledge of other 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 by 26 March 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.

Please note: remuneration for this position in Bucharest is based on the coordinated salary scale for Council of Europe staff serving in Belgium.

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.