Project Officer

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Vacancy Notice n° o29/2020
Local recruitment procedure

Project Officer (Grade B4)

Council of Europe Office
Location: Pristina

Job mission

Under the authority of the Head of Office and the supervision of the Head of Cooperation Unit in the anti- trafficking Division, the Project Officer will carry out multiple assignments to help meet the overall and specific objectives for the implementation of the project “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Kosovo*”.

Key activities

The Project Officer performs the following key duties in co-ordination with the Project management, and in accordance with the Organisation’s procedures, guidelines and priorities, with a concern for quality, efficiency, accuracy and confidentiality:

  • assists with the organisation, co-ordination, implementation and follow-up of project activities in accordance with the project’s workplan and its calendar of activities, in close co-operation and co- ordination with staff from the Cooperation Unit in the anti-trafficking Division, providing expert advice on specific activities and ensuring timely delivery;
  • establishes and maintains close working contacts with relevant stakeholders, NGOs, specialised agencies and institutions dealing with trafficking in human beings and ensures a regular information flow on the organised activities and progress in project implementation;
  • informs regularly Headquarters of the implementation of the project and co-ordinates his/her work within the broader framework of the overall Council of Europe Office action;
  • serves as thematic advisor on anti-trafficking issues;
  • provides substance input on specific activities (for example by providing regular advice to Headquarters about developments in the thematic area, and preparing appropriate reports);
  • participates in the local Steering Committee Meetings when requested; and in meetings between CoE experts and local authorities to increase capacity in the field of anti-trafficking;
  • ensures that strategic decisions are carried out to achieve the project’s expected results;
  • provides effective assessment of results and achievements and informs of problems encountered; suggests priorities and adjustments as necessary;
  • supports Headquarters-based staff and short-term consultants when carrying out tasks and missions in the field;
  • contributes to the efficient functioning of the office, in collaboration with the Head of Office and the direct project management;
  • ensures the visibility of the Council of Europe among the beneficiaries by providing input to the Office newsletter, website and social media;
  • undertakes official journeys in connection with activities described

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

Additional information:

Employment is limited to the duration of the Project that is expected to end on 31 December 2021. Please note that the remuneration for this position is 2079.92 Euro (gross monthly salary).

Eligibility criteria

This local recruitment procedure is open to applicants already present in Kosovo. Only applicants who best meet the following criteria will be considered for shortlisting.


  • Completed full course of general secondary education and appropriate professional qualifications;
  • A university degree in a relevant field (e.g. political science, international relations, law, etc.) or equivalent professional experience in local or international institutions and organisations would be an advantage.


  • At least three years of professional experience relating to the implementation of technical co-operation programmes in the field of human rights.

Language requirements:

  • Very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English);
  • Knowledge of French would be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of languages spoken in the region would be an advantage.


  • Nationality of host country or one of the 47 Council of Europe member states.


  • Under 65 years of age at the closing date of the vacancy notice.



›      Professional and technical expertise:

  • proven experience of carrying out corresponding duties in the framework of international or European technical co-operation programmes;
  • proven experience and knowledge of European standards in the field of human rights;
  • general knowledge of the political and human rights situation in the region;
  • experience in research and reporting;
  • knowledge of specific project management tools (Project Management Methodology, logframes, risk monitoring, );
  • sound computer skills of standard tools in office applications (word processing, presentation software, outlook, internet/intranet publications).

›      Planning and work organisation

›      Analysis and problem solving

›      Results orientation

›      Concern for quality

›      Teamwork and co-operation

›      Relationship building

›      Initiative


›      Professional and technical expertise:

  • proven experience in the field of trafficking in human beings;

›      Communication

›      Influencing

›      Negotiation

For more information, please refer to the Competency Framework of the Council of Europe.


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 22/07/2020 (midnight French time).

Any false statements knowingly made by applicants in their application for employment or at the time of their engagement will result in the termination of their employment by the Council of Europe.

Applications will be examined with regard to the requirements of this vacancy and applicants will be informed in due course of the outcome of your application. This may take some time after the closing date. Preselected candidates may be invited to take written tests before an interview. Written tests may be eliminatory.

In accordance with the Staff Regulations of the Council of Europe, the compulsory retirement age is 65. We cannot therefore accept applications from persons over this age.

The conditions of recruitment and employment which apply are contained in Rule No. 1234 of 15 December 2005 laying down the conditions of recruitment and employment of locally recruited temporary staff members working in Council of Europe Duty Stations located outside of France apply (Link to Rule 1234).

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.

More information is available here.

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