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Program Officer



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


1.      Organization Context

 a.    Organizational Setting


The post is located in the Division for Least Developed Countries (DLDC) of the Development Sector.


The Division provides and manages advisory services, capacity building and technical assistance programs of the Organization for least developed countries at the regional, sub-regional and interregional levels through coordination with various sectors within the Organization.

b.    Purpose Statement


The Program Officer is responsible for providing technical assistance and support for the development and implementation of demand driven and project-based initiatives in line with expected results, performance measures at Division level and deliverables agreed in the context of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). Tasks will be performed 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 a view to create genuine and lasting change in the IP landscape of the country and the national, institutional and community level. The incumbent is further involved in research on, collection and analysis of development data on Least Developed Countries to strengthen reporting capabilities and to facilitate access to data.

c.    Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Division for Least Developed Countries.


2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Prepare documents relevant to proposed projects and manage and monitor administrative and operational project-related activities;


b.   Provide financial and technical backstopping for assigned projects, and serve as a liaison with different sectors within the Organization and other project stakeholders and partners;


c.   Review country-specific workplans related to assigned countries, monitor implementation of activities and provide advice on changes, adjustments or improvements;


d.   Identify, record and collate development information on assigned countries; collect and analyze data on IP characteristics and prepare reports; develop, regularly review and update IP profiles of assigned countries;


e.   Research external sources for international development data, assess relevance and make recommendations to the Director of the Division on inclusion of data;


f.    Process, and verify the accuracy and integrity of data used for reporting and analysis;


g.   Liaise with different sectors within the Organization to collect and compile data in support of statistical reports, analysis, and workplan implementation;


h.   Participate in missions and meetings to support projects and utilize information obtained as an input for further development of tools and products provided by the Division;


i.    Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements





First-level university degree in economics, international relations, development studies, law or a related field.



University degree with a specialization in IP.

Project management certification.




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

Experience working in the field of IP and project management at the national or international level in developing or least developed countries.

Experience collecting, analyzing and managing development data.



Experience with and understanding of Results-Based Management.




Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.



Knowledge of other official UN languages.


Job-related Competencies


Good knowledge of the political, social, economic and legal systems of LDCs.

Good knowledge of the international IP system and of international development priorities and challenges.

Sound data collection and analysis skills.

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

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
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Legal - Broad
    • Economics
    • Patent and Intellectual property
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-28

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