Job Opportunity: Director of Internal Oversight (Council of Europe)

Under the authority of the Secretary General, the incumbent provides leadership to, and ensures the efficient management of, the Directorate of Internal Oversight (DIO), in compliance with Council of Europe values and priorities, the Financial Regulations, the Internal Audit Charter, the Evaluation Policy and Instruction No 65 on Investigations. He/she is responsible for ensuring the implementation of policy decisions relevant to the Directorate, set by the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General.

Key activities

The incumbent performs the following duties:

- contributes to the development of the Council of Europe’s strategic priorities and policies and of its major objectives:

  • keeps abreast of issues of major political and strategic importance to the Organisation and translates organisational priorities into audit, evaluation, fraud prevention and investigation work plans;
  • provides advice and proposes initiatives to ensure the organisation’s corporate governance policies and arrangements reflect best practice;

- manages the Directorate’s activities and resources:

  • ensures effective and efficient processes and procedures for the internal audit and evaluation of Council of Europe activities, projects, programmes and organisational entities in accordance with the Audit Charter and the Evaluation Policy;
  • initiates and oversees the definition and production of the annual audit and evaluation plans as well as the annual reporting on DIO’s activities;
  • ensures the provision of advice and assistance to Major Administrative Entities (MAEs) in implementing audit and evaluation recommendations, and the close monitoring of their implementation;
  • provides quality assurance and standard setting for audit and evaluation matters;
  • supports the further consolidation and development of risk management, led by the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes (ODGP) and the Directorate General of Administration (DGA);
  • ensures the dissemination of best practices in audit and evaluation matters;
  • develops and directs fraud prevention measures, such as training and awareness-raising measures;
  • conducts or directs investigations into presumptive fraud;
  • ensures assistance to the External Auditor and the Oversight Advisory Committee (OAC);
  • performs other functions within the framework of the Audit Charter and Evaluation Policy as may be assigned to him by the Secretary General;

- provides leadership and direction to staff:

  • leads and motivates staff in the internal audit, evaluation and investigation functions;
  • clarifies the objectives of the Directorate to staff;
  • oversees the setting of objectives and provides guidance; allocates roles and responsibilities;
  • evaluates the performance of staff under his/her direct supervision;
  • facilitates internal communication; fosters co-operation, team spirit and a harmonious working environment with a view to increasing efficiency;
  • ensures the provision of professional development of relevant staff of the Organisation in audit, evaluation and investigation matters;

- advises and report to the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General, the Senior Management Group, the Ministers’ Deputies and the Oversight Advisory Committee;

- communicates and represent the Council of Europe in matters concerning the Directorate.

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:

  • QualificationsHigher education degree (or qualification) equivalent to a masters degree, in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Management or a related field. Exceptionally, the degree or qualification requirement may be waived if the candidate has equivalent professional experience. An appropriate qualification or certification in a relevant field is desirable.
  • Experience: Substantial professional experience at senior management level in auditing, evaluation, investigation and/or a related field, preferably in an international environment.
  • Language requirementsVery good knowledge of one of the official languages (English or French) and good knowledge of the other.
  • NationalityNationality of one of the 47 Council of Europe member states.
  • AgeUnder 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.


The following competencies have been identified as important for the role:


  • Leadership
  • Vision and strategic insight
  • Management of teams
  • Decision making
  • Communication
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Concern for quality
  • Negotiating


  • Results orientation
  • Learning and development
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Resilience

Find more information and apply here

(Closing date: 1 February 2017)

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