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Vacancy Notice n° o11/2021

Local recruitment procedure



Project Managers

(Grade A1/A2)




Council of Europe Office


Location: Ankara


Job mission


Under the authority of the Head of Office, and the supervision of the Head of the Legal Co-operation Division, the Project Manager is responsible for the planning and organisation of assigned projects under his/her responsibility, in the field of legal co-operation and justice reform, in co-operation with the donors, partners and other stakeholders and in compliance with the organisation’s regulations and donor requirements.


Key activities

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

    • ensures the overall management of the project, including in the formulation, development, co-ordination, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of project activities, in full co-operation and co-ordination with the project team in the office and at headquarters;
    • reports on political and legal developments, risks and opportunities, advises on strategy, in particular on complex and politically sensitive issues covered by the project, contributing to the development of policies and standards, supporting the beneficiaries in fulfilling their commitments towards compliance with CoE conventions, standards and values;
    • provides regular and substantive analyses and reports, including on the assessment of results achieved, further requirements and adjustments where necessary and impact, and contributes
    • substantially to the design and development of the project’s deliverables and any follow-up actions and projects;
    • manages, coaches and co-ordinates a team of project staff, under the guidance and instructions of the Programme Manager in headquarters, and ensures the co-ordination between the project team, beneficiary institutions and other relevant stakeholders;
    • assists in the organisation and/or delivery of a variety of activities, including working groups, round table discussions, and/or seminars through advising, making proposals, managing information exchange and correspondence and ensures follow-up to the actions defined as a result of these activities;
    • assists and advises consultants, representatives of the beneficiaries and members of the working groups and/or other bodies created within the framework of the project, developing and maintaining effective relationships with them;
    •  manages and ensures proper execution of the project budget and financial reporting;
    • ensures effective gender mainstreaming in all project activities and outputs;
    • contributes to the efficient functioning of the Office, in collaboration with the Head of Office, the Deputy Head of Office and the direct Project management in headquarters;
    • promotes Council of Europe values internally and externally.


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


Additional information

The Division for Legal Co-operation is currently seeking to recruit for several open positions. The following projects are currently being implemented in Turkey:

  • The project “Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Court of Cassation”, aiming at supporting the legal framework, work procedures and tools and training programmes of the Court of Cassation by taking into account the best European practices.
  • The project “Improving the Effectiveness of Family Courts: Better Protection of the Rights of Family Members” aiming at improving the effectiveness of family courts in protecting the rights of women, children and other family members
  • The project “Promoting Alternative Dispute Mechanisms in Turkey”, aiming at improving the effectiveness of the justice system and access to justice in Turkey by providing a faster dispute resolution for the citizens, businesses, legal persons and other organisations and institutions. Lead institution is the Ministry of Justice.


More information is available at: Co-operation Projects (


Employment is offered on an annual basis and is limited to the duration of the assigned project and may be renewed, subject to available funding.

Please note that the remuneration (gross monthly salary) is 14802.75 TRY (grade A1) or 18912.10 TRY (grade A2) depending on your previous professional experience.

The incumbent is expected to establish good working relations with representatives of the government, public authorities and the judiciary. She/he may be required to travel within Turkey and internationally and needs a valid passport with no restrictions for travelling abroad.


Eligibility criteria

This local recruitment procedure is open to applicants already present in Turkey.

Only candidates who we consider best match the eligibility criteria below will be considered for shortlisting.



  • Higher education degree or qualification equivalent to a master’s degree (2nd cycle of the Bologna process framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area) in law or international relations or social/political sciences.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience (practical and proven) relating to capacity building at national or international level, including at least 3 years in matters related to the justice system;
  • Professional and technical expertise relating to one or more of the following areas: justice sector reforms, effectiveness of justice systems, access to justice, family law and practice, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, child friendly justice in Turkey would be an advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of Turkish (mother tongue level);
  • Very good knowledge of one of the official languages of the Council of Europe (English), including

excellent writing skills and the knowledge of the legal language.


  • Nationality of one of the 47 Council of Europe member states.


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


Employee Core Values


Council of Europe staff members adhere to the values Professionalism, Integrity and Respect.





  • Professional and technical expertise:
  • proven experience of carrying out corresponding duties nationally or internationally, in the framework of project management and policy-oriented projects, or of working in the national justice system or with courts and justice professionals;
  • proven knowledge and understanding of relevant European and Council of Europe standards in the field of the judiciary and the rule of law and of the Turkish legal system;
  • good knowledge of project management methodologies and tools;
  • experience in administration and management, particularly the management of staff and budgetary matters;
  • ICT skills: sound computer skills and experience using standard tools in office applications (word processing, presentations, outlook, spreadsheet, databases, internet publications).
  • Management of teams
  • Planning and work organisation
  • Results orientation
  • Decision making
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Relationship building
  • Drafting skills



  • Professional and technical expertise:
    • experience on aspects related to court management, court efficiency, or justice reforms;
  • knowledge of other languages;
  • Influencing
  • Resilience
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Communication


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



  • To apply please follow this link
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please specify (on the application form  & in your cover letter) how ( you have heard about this position. 

Applications must be made in English or French.

By connecting to our website you can create and submit your on-line application. Applications must be submitted at the latest 22/02/2021 (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.

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