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Assistant Program Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\:  please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local date and time.

1.         Organizational context
The position is located in the Section for Caucasian, Central Asian and Eastern European Countries of the Department of Transition and Developed Countries (TDC).  TDC provides advisory services, capacity building and technical assistance towards the implementation of cooperation programs and the widespread access to and use of services provided by WIPO in Transition and Developed Countries.
Under the supervision of the Director of TDC the incumbent participates in the implementation of the Organization's legal and technical cooperation programs with regard to the promotion of the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) in Caucasian, Central Asian and Eastern European Countries.
2.         Duties and responsibilities
The incumbent performs the following principal duties\:
(a)  Assist in the development and implementation of capacity building programs in Caucasian, Central Asian and Eastern European States by coordinating and following up on organizational, logistical and administrative arrangements, monitoring specific aspects of project implementation, identifying problems and proposing action to expedite the delivery of inputs, selecting and summarizing background information, assessing the local context for the planning and administration of individual projects, drafting segments of project proposals;


(b)  Support and implement tailor-made specific projects, with the aim to modernize national intellectual property systems for the economic, cultural and social benefit of the countries concerned by monitoring country specific needs, as well as by analyzing progress and implementation reports, identifying and documenting significant project events, decisions, problems or deviations, proposing remedial action;


(c)  Contribute to the preparation of agreements, studies and working documents related to the technical cooperation activities and external relations of the Organization related to the protection of IPR in the countries concerned by undertaking research, analyzing project information, drafting sections of documents and reports;


(d)  Contribute to designing and implementing training programs, including preparation of their objectives, agenda and giving lectures;


(e)  Undertake necessary preparations for, and participate in, meetings organized or co-organized by the Organization;


(f)  Establish and maintain contacts with intellectual property authorities in the fields of both industrial property and copyright and related rights;


(g)  Support the development and implementation of national IP strategies in countries in transition by analyzing country specific needs, coordinating with national counterparts the design and implementation of projects, proposing relevant action;


(h)  Serve as intermediary between different Sectors/Divisions in the Organization and Member States. Support Sectors by establishing contacts in Caucasian, Central Asian and Eastern European countries, providing guidance on the challenges and issues in the countries concerned, and assist sectors in the implementation of their programs;    


(i)  Perform other related duties, as required.


3.         Requirements
First-level university degree in intellectual property, economics, public or international relations.
At least three years of relevant professional experience, preferably in IP capacity building and/or in an international organization.
Excellent knowledge of Russian and English. 
Knowledge of any languages spoken in the Caucasian, Central Asian and Eastern European States or another UN language.
Job-related competencies


Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment and remain productive even in stressful situation.


Ability to elaborate economic research and provide statistical data analysis to support the elaboration of the national intellectual property strategies for the countries of the region.


Ability to manage financial resources in accordance with applicable administrative and financial rules, regulations and procedures. 


Good knowledge of the subject areas dealt with by the Organization, in particular IP, and excellent presentation skills.


4.  Organizational competencies
1.  Communicating effectively.
2.  Respecting individual and cultural differences.
3.  Showing team spirit.
4.  Managing yourself.
5.  Producing results.
6.  Embracing change.
7.  Respecting ethics and values.

 5. Information


Mobility\:  Candidates appointed to an international position with WIPO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.


Annual salary\:

Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment.  The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.  The figures quoted below are based on the January 2017 rate of 76.5%




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Post adjustment



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Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations. 


Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.


Additional Information


Initial period of two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance.  No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.


This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule 4.9.5.


Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged.


The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.




By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.


In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.


Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening.  Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.


Additional background checks may be required.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2017-02-27

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