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Legal Officer



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 Administrative Law Section of the Office of the Legal Counsel.  This section is responsible for providing legal advice to the Director General and the Administration in relation to various administrative and personnel matters, and for defending cases brought by staff before the WIPO Appeal Board and the ILO Administrative Tribunal.


(b)       Purpose Statement


The incumbent is required to carry out research and analysis, and provide advice and input on legal aspects of human resources and administrative matters.


(c)        Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the Administrative Law Section.



2.         Duties and responsibilities


The incumbent performs the following tasks\:


(a)        Conduct research and prepare drafts of pleadings and other documents for submission to the WIPO Appeal Board and the ILO Administrative Tribunal.


(b)        Assist in the resolution of legal questions relating to the interpretation and application of the Staff Regulations and Rules and to disputes as to their application.


(c)        Prepare or review and revise draft agreements and correspondence in relation to operational activities of the Administration. Provide advice on the legal acceptability of proposed actions and remedies for actions already taken relating to personnel.


(d)        Provide legal advice in relation to disciplinary matters and grievance proceedings.


(e)        Perform any other duty in the area of competence as required.



3.         Requirements





First-level university degree in law.


Specialization in administrative law.




At least six years of relevant work experience in the area of law (preferably administrative law) gained in a legal department of an intergovernmental organization or national administration or by working for a law firm.


Experience in litigation gained at the national or international level.


Experience in the application and interpretation of the Staff Regulations and Rules of intergovernmental organizations or of comparable administrative legislation.


Experience working in a UN common system organization.




Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and a good knowledge of French.



Knowledge of other official UN languages.


Job-related competencies


Sound knowledge of applicable legal principles of international and administrative law.

Analytical and legal drafting skills.

Communication skills with the ability to argue clearly and logically in written and oral form.

Organizational skills with the ability to work under pressure and to respect deadlines.

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

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



Knowledge of case law, practices and procedures applicable to UN common system organizations.



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\:  WIPO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director General and may be assigned to any activities, office or duty station of the Organization.  Accordingly, the selected candidate may be required to move from time to time to new functions and/or to another duty station.


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


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. 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
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-19

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