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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


a.   Organizational Setting


The post is located in the Investigation Section of the Internal Oversight Division (IOD).  IOD serves as an independent and objective reviewer of WIPO operations and activities based on risk and relevance to WIPO management and constituencies with a view towards promoting economy, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of the Secretariat’s work.


b.  Purpose Statement


The incumbent will conduct investigations into allegations of fraud, corruption, harassment, abuse and other violations of WIPO's Regulations, Rules and administrative issuances.  The work will be done in accordance with the provisions of WIPO's Internal Oversight Charter, Investigation Policy and Investigation Manual.


c.  Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Head, Investigation Section, and the overall direction of the Director of IOD.



2.  Duties and responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


(a)        Plan investigations and define investigative scopes, methodologies and tools, under guidance from the Head, Investigation Section.


(b)        Obtain documentary and physical evidence; examine documents and records; conduct interviews with complainants, witnesses and subjects; maintain case records, testimony and evidence.


(c)        Request and examine digital files and data to be retrieved from computers and other electronic devices.


(d)        Draft investigative reports and, where relevant, reports on lessons learned from investigations, providing recommendations to improve internal controls, policies and procedures.


(e)        Participate in IOD's activities in the areas of fraud awareness and interagency cooperation.


(f)        Liaise and cooperate with other WIPO departments and offices as well as law enforcement authorities and other external entities.



3.  Requirements




Advanced university degree in investigations, law, management, auditing, information technology or a related area. Alternatively, a first-level university degree with two years of relevant experience in addition to the experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.




At least six years of relevant professional experience, of which at least three should be in investigations, auditing, information technology, or a related field.



Experience in an international organization.




Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.



Good knowledge of French.


Job-related competencies

Knowledge of administrative law, criminal law, the international civil service law and/or case law of the International Labor Organization Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT) or other international administrative jurisdictions.


Demonstrated ability to carry out complex and varied investigations.


Knowledge of information technology forensics tools and techniques.


Ability to handle confidential and sensitive material.


Ability to write clearly and precisely and to communicate effectively; and


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.



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


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 August 2017 rate of 78.3%





Annual salary



Post adjustment



Total Salary



Currency USD





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


Temporary appointments are renewable, subject to continuing needs, availability of budget and satisfactory performance with a maximum cumulative length of two years.


Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged. Please click on the following links for the list of unrepresented Member States and the list of underrepresented regions and the WIPO Member States in these regions.


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-3, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Patent and Intellectual property
    • Internal audit and inspection
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-12

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