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Senior Data Scientist

Geneva (Switzerland)


- The deadline for applications is indicated in local date and time.

- This post is a project post.


1.      Organizational Context


a.    Organizational Setting


This is a project based post located under the Capital Master Plan funded Global IP Platform Program. The program is aimed at introducing a single common IT platform (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Global IP Platform’), which connects the multiple IT platforms supporting the WIPO Global IP systems and the services of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (AMC).  The Global IP Platform would provide a single entry portal to users of WIPO Global Protection systems services and AMC services via a single WIPO account for each user and implement a user-friendly navigation policy with a common user interface and a central payment portal using a new global payment system.


b.    Purpose Statement


The main role of the incumbent is to design, prototype, implement and test descriptive and predictive analytics models, work with technicians to determine operational models and to collaborate with business areas to identify and explore opportunities for the application of predictive analysis.


c.    Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Global IP Platform Program Manager, with indirect supervision from the Senior Project Manager. 


2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Modelling and analyzing data in the Global IP platform data warehouse to develop algorithms and mathematical models that contribute to the organization’s capacity to make strong decisions based on qualitative and quantitative data.


b.   Collaborate with business areas to improve adoption of data science based insights into their decision-making process.


c.   Define and communicate the value that can be derived from analytical models.


d.   Measure and continue to improve the predictive accuracy of models.


e.   Establish ethical, secure and performant data science based operations for the Global IP Platform and propose emerging methodologies and techniques.


f.    Establish ethical, secure and performant data science based operations for the Global IP Platform and propose emerging methodologies and techniques.


g.   Collaborate with technical teams to ensure that once proven algorithms are implemented in ethical, secure and performant solution architectures.


h.   Perform prototyping, tests and other exercises required to improve the functioning of the analytics platform.


i.    Prepare concise data reports and present information using visualization techniques to management and other stakeholders.


j.    Perform other related duties as required.




3.      Requirements




Advanced university degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Information Management or a related field.  A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the experience requested below may be acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.



Certifications related to Data science.

Understanding of Agile and or PRINCE2.




At least seven years of relevant professional experience.

At least four years of experience in data science or related areas.  Demonstrated ability to deploy solutions that apply data science oriented methodologies such as time series methods, econometric methods, machine learning algorithms, etc.



Experience in computer programming.

Experience in working in one or more data science languages such as R, Python, SPARK, MATLAB, etc.




Excellent knowledge of English.



Knowledge of UN languages.


Job Related Competencies


Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work in a team with both users and technical staff at different levels and in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Integrity in dealing with confidential and sensitive data.

Critical thinking and creativity skills.

Excellent time management and work organization skills.  


4.      Organizational Competencies


1.     Communicating effectively.

2.     Showing team spirit.

3.     Demonstrating integrity.

4.     Valuing diversity.

5.     Producing results.

6.     Showing service orientation.

7.     Seeing the big picture.

8.     Seeking change and innovation.

9.     Developing yourself and others.



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 June 2018 rate of 72.4%




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 one year, renewable, subject to funding and satisfactory performance.  Fixed-term appointments granted for approved projects shall be for a period whose minimum and maximum duration are tied to the funding and terms of reference of the project.  The overall duration of a fixed-term appointment for a project shall normally not exceed five years.  Fixed-term appointments granted for approved projects shall not be converted to a permanent or continuing appointment.


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-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Statistics
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-31

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