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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 Office of the Director General (ODG).  The ODG provides support to the Director General so as to enable him to carry out his duties efficiently and effectively.


b.          Purpose Statement


Working closely with other members of the ODG team, the Director assists the Director General to realize organizational objectives as embodied in the strategic goals by ensuring close coordination across the Organization.


c.          Reporting Lines


The Director works under the supervision of the Assistant Director General and Chief of Staff.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Provide authoritative advice on policy issues, manage oversight of, and coordinate with Member States and stakeholders on, issues relating to Copyright and the Creative Industries.


b.   Provide leadership and advice on policy issues relating to the effective communication and engagement of the Director General with Member States and other stakeholders.  In particular, the incumbent focuses on identifying strategic opportunities for communication and engagement with Member States and stakeholders in support of the Director General's priorities, and creates models and frameworks that influences work in a cross-program arena.


c.   Provide strategic advice on policy issues relating to the Organization's communications with Member States, stakeholders and the broader public and relating to effective internal communication in the Organization, and create opportunities for desired change whilst developing solutions to problems where procedures and precedents do not exist.


d.   Review and revise, for substantive accuracy and consistency, documents on current and emerging issues, including reports, position papers, speaking points, policy research, organizational reporting, protocols, media information and presentations.


e.   Represent the ODG and WIPO at internal and external meetings, provide substantive expertise and authoritative advice and recommendations on aspects of Copyright and the Creative Industries as well as Communications.


f.    Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements




Advanced university degree in law, international relations, public administration, or other relevant field.  A first-level university degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.




At least 15 years of relevant professional experience in the areas of international diplomacy, copyright and creative industries, communications or policy formulation and administration at the national and international levels.  Experience at a senior advisory level.



Experience working with the United Nations.




Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English or French.



Knowledge of the other language (English or French).  Knowledge of other UN official languages.


Job Related Competencies


Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks, conceptualize new approaches and promote new ideas.

Excellent organizational skills.

Excellent drafting skills.

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

Excellent representational and facilitation skills including in an international context.

Sound judgement;  ability to quickly assess complex and fast-moving situations and developments and provide targeted and innovative advice. 

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

Discretion and integrity.



Knowledge of intellectual property issues and developments, particularly at the international level.

Knowledge of WIPO strategic priorities, implementation constraints and opportunities.

Knowledge of the UN system and its procedures.



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 August 2018 rate of 71.9%




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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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  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-04

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