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  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Patent and Intellectual property
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2018-04-30

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IP Data Expert

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 Standards Section (STS) of the International Classifications and Standards Division. This Section is responsible for organizing the meetings of the Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS), its Task Forces and workshops, the publication of their decisions and of the WIPO Standards and other related materials. The Section leads and supports the development and implementation of the Standards, promotes good practices of the Member States and other stakeholders in processing and exchanging intellectual property (IP) information and documentation, and provides global forum for all stakeholders to discuss issues on IP information and documentation and to find solutions collaboratively.



b.    Purpose Statement


The main role of the incumbent is to lead discussions on development and improvement of WIPO Standards to facilitate the exchange of IP data in structured format, e.g. XML or JSON; design, develop and maintain software tools to facilitate processing of IP data; and provide technical assistance and support to implement WIPO Standards by IP offices.



c.    Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the Standards Section.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Design and develop recommendations on data structure and metadata for IP information and documentation in collaboration with Member States.


b.   Participate in developing WIPO Standards using XML and assist the implementation of the Standards by Member States and other stakeholders.


c.   Contribute to the planning and the organization of meetings of the CWS and its Task Forces, including the preparation of documents and proposals for consideration by the CWS and its Task Forces, and of their meeting reports.


d.   Develop, update and maintain technical documentation and software tools to support the implementation of WIPO Standards and the IP data processing by Member States.


e.   Design and maintain the publication platform of WIPO Standards and relevant materials; and e-forums of the CWS.


f.    Keep abreast of developments in data science, IT and IP administration automation, and liaise with the concerned work units throughout the Organization to coordinate efforts.


g.   Provide technical guidance and assistance to IP authorities of Member States in matters relating to WIPO Standards, in particular XML-related Standards.


h.   Participate in meetings and exhibitions convened by Member States, industry groups and other stakeholders in relation to IP information and documentation.


i.    Establish and maintain contact with relevant internal and external stakeholders as directed, including Member States and intergovernmental organizations.


j.    Perform other related duties as required.


3.      Requirements




First-level university degree in computer science, data science or engineering, information technology or other closely related fields.




At least six years of progressive professional experience in analyzing, developing and processing metadata to manage big data or IP documentation using information and communication technology system, including XML or JSON at national or international level, preferably from the perspective of an industrial property office.



Experience in and knowledge of IT project management methodology.

Experience in IP authorities of Member States or intergovernmental organizations.




Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.



Knowledge of other official UN languages.


Job-Related Competencies


Good knowledge of WIPO Standards or international standards in particular XML-related Standards.

Good knowledge and understanding of IP data and information.

Excellent knowledge of XML or JSON.

Good knowledge of business and administration in the field of industrial property.

Good analytical and organizational skills, with the ability to work within strict time constraints and to meet deadlines.

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

Good IT knowledge and skills, including web services and web document management.



Project management process understanding.

Good knowledge of modern information technologies and industry standards and their use in delivering improvements to business processes.

Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives and accountability in delivering results.



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 March 2018 rate of 80.5%




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.


We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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