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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 Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Development Sector, which provides advisory services and manages the capacity building and technical assistance programs of the Organization for developing and least developed countries in the region through coordination with various sectors within the Organization and/or outsourcing work to external experts.  


The incumbent is responsible for the Organization’s technical assistance and capacity building program for the countries assigned, as well as other project-based initiatives in the Program and Budget plan, and meeting the expected results and agreed performance measures at the Bureau level using a results-based country-specific technical assistance management framework which is aligned to the Organization’s biennial and annual work plans and designed to empower the country’s stakeholders to use intellectual property (IP) for development with the end in view of creating genuine and lasting change in the IP landscape of the country at the national, institutional and community level.


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Bureau.


2.   Duties and responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


(a)   Identify the development demands, challenges and priorities of the assigned countries, analyze and interpret its economic, social and political environment, and design, plan, implement and evaluate IP development projects that are responsive to the needs of IP stakeholders;


(b)    Exercise administrative, operational and financial management responsibility for projects;


(c)     Prepare, endorse and oversee the updating of country-specific work plans with national IP offices. Ensure activities are sustainable and that desired changes are institutionalized by assigned countries;


(d)    Provide expert advice to country authorities, public and private sectors, UN offices, donors and other stakeholders and partners. Promote the Organization’s mission and vision, negotiate agreements, develop collaborative arrangements and coordinated approaches, promote new activities and resolve project implementation problems;


(e)      Establish and maintain good working relations with the different sectors within the Organization in order to create synergy through collaboration, maximize the benefits of technical assistance, build ownership and strengthen accountability of stakeholders within the Organization and in assigned countries;


(f)     Prepare all necessary project documents, including but not limited to concept papers, proposals, internal memoranda, draft agreements, mission reports, observations, summary of discussions and other working documents, to ensure that the project is implemented in a timely and efficient manner and that all reporting requirements are met;


(g)    Lead or participate in missions and meetings in order to engage with key contacts in the assigned countries, represent the Organization, guide project staff, elicit information and feedback, and keep abreast of the most current local conditions and circumstances to achieve project objectives and implementation success;


(h)      Perform other related duties as required.


3.    Requirements





    Advanced university degree in law, economics, international relations, development studies or a related field.  A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the requested experience requested may be acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.


       Desirable\: Project management certification.





      At least nine years of relevant professional experience at the national or international level, including in the field of technical assistance, capacity building or development.


       Experience working in / with Western Asian countries.


       Experience working in the field of IP and project management.



      Experience with and understanding of Results-Based Management.


      Experience building IP institutions at the national level in developing or least  developed countries.





      Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and of at least one of the languages spoken in the Western Asian region.

Job-Related Competencies



      Knowledge of the social, economic and legal systems of countries in the region.


       Good knowledge of the international IP system.


Good knowledge of project management methodologies.


Good knowledge of the business and administrative procedures of national IP institutions.


       Excellent analytical and organizational skills.


Ability to represent the Organization and to provide policy and technical advice and guidance.


Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.


Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.



    Knowledge of IP institution building in least developed or developing countries.


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.



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-4, International Professional - Mid level
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  • Closing Date: 2017-05-11

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