Sunday, December 7, 2014

Head of Content Section, A1/A2. Council of Europe, Strasbourg. Open until 10 December 2014

Vacancy Notice N° e219/2014
Head of Content Section (Grade A1/A2)
Directorate General of Administration 

Directorate of Information Technology
Closing Date: 10 December 2014
Location : Strasbourg

Job Mission

Within the Directorate of Information Technology, the incumbent will provide leadership to and ensure the efficient management of the Content Section, in compliance with general guidelines and priorities and with a concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy. 

Key Activities

The incumbent performs the following key duties:

  • Manages the section’s human and financial resources, focusing on result oriented client care and efficiency.
  • Ensures delivery of the following statutory services:
    • Audio-visual archives management and access to audio-visual archives via Internet;
    • Physical archives management and access to paper archives via Internet;
    • Document and Records management for physical and electronic assets.
  • Manages the digitisation programme for both paper and audio-visual assets and their long term archiving and correct record keeping.
  • Manages the digital preservation programme.
  • Ensures the Help-desk services for enabling access to the physical assets for internal and external users.
  • Ensures the implementation of Data and Information policy and the Archival Policy.
  • Contributes to projects and programmes aiming to implement the Directorate General of Administration strategy with main focus on communication and change management.
  • Provides advice and support in the sector of audio-visual archiving, digital preservation and media formats; collaborates with counterparts in other international organisations especially the European Parliament in development of shared services and good practise for more efficient and effective record and archive keeping.
  • Coordinates the section’s communication activities within the professional communities, towards clients and partners as well as promotional/awareness raising actions of the IMD programmes, mainly supporting the achievements for facilitation of the Enterprise content management program and innovative organisation.
  • Encourages the knowledge sharing in own team and across the Directorate of Information Technology.

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.


Higher education degree in the field of Information or Records Management with focus on electronic and audiovisual content.

·         Experience:

At least 6 years of professional experience relating to Records and Information Management for non structured digital content.

·         Language requirements: a very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English or French) and good knowledge of the other. 

·         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. 



·         Professional and technical competencies:  

·         Experience of Records and Information Management (RIM) for paper and audio-visual assets and any non structured digital content; good knowledge of long term preservation methods; 

·         ICT skills: Advanced knowledge and practical experience of RIM systems; 

·         Knowledge of preservation for both digital and physical archives; 

·         Knowledge of e-discovery; 

·         Planning and work organisation;

·         Information seeking;

·         Problem-solving skills.

·         Communication and linguistic skills: has very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English or French) and good knowledge of the other; can express oneself, make presentations and draft clearly, concisely and convincingly in English or French. 

·         Interpersonal skills: service and client orientation, team-work and co-operation. 


·         Professional and technical competencies:  

·         Knowledge of Project Management, especially Change Management.

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 10 December 2014 (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. 

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

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