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Member, WIPO Independent Advisory Oversight Committee (IAOC)

Geneva (Switzerland)

Organizational Context\:

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is seeking applications for two positions on its Independent Advisory Oversight Committee (IAOC) to begin on February 1, 2020.  
 
The IAOC is a subsidiary body of the WIPO General Assembly and of the WIPO Program and Budget Committee.  It serves in an independent expert advisory capacity and assists the WIPO General Assembly and the Program and Budget Committee in fulfilling their oversight responsibilities with respect to the various operations of WIPO.  Meeting regularly every quarter, its responsibilities include providing advice with regard to Financial Reporting, Risk Management and Internal Controls, External Audit, Internal Oversight and Ethics.  The IAOC makes recommendations to the Program and Budget Committee on matters within its terms of reference and reports on its work to WIPO Member States through the Program and Budget Committee and the General Assembly.
 
The IAOC is composed of seven members, representing, to the extent possible, each of the seven Regional Groups of WIPO Member States.  Once selected, IAOC members shall serve in their personal capacity for a term of three years, renewable once.
 
With a view to representation of each of the seven Regional Groups of WIPO Member States on the IAOC, priority will be given to the selection of one candidate from each of the following two Groups\: 
 
- The Group of Central European and Baltic Countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); and
 
- Group B (Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America). 
 
Additional information is available on the mandate and work of the IAOC on the WIPO web site at the following address\:  http\://www.wipo.int/about-wipo/en/oversight/iaoc/
 
Selection Process\:
 
The selection will be conducted by a special panel of Member States' representatives and will be based on the assessment of individual skills, taking into account the need for the IAOC to collectively possess certain skills, all of which will not necessarily be required of each individual member.  Appropriate geographical representation will also be considered.
 
 
Required Qualifications

Education\:

University degree in one or more of the following areas\: finance, accounting, audit, law, information technology, human resources management, business or public administration or another relevant field.
 
Experience\:
 
Essential\:
At least 10 years of relevant professional experience at the senior management level in one or more of the following areas\: finance, accounting, audit, evaluation, investigations, legal affairs, information technology, ethics, human resources management, risk management, administration. 
 
Desirable\:
Experience in committee work (preferably as a member of an audit/oversight committee)
Experience in an international organization or the public sector
 
 
Skills\:
 
 
Applicants will be assessed with respect to their individual skills in the following areas\: 
 
- Proven report drafting ability
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to form and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
- Highly developed analytical skills, with the ability to communicate arguments clearly, logically and effectively 
 
The IAOC should collectively possess the following competencies\: 
 
- Technical or specialist knowledge of intellectual property
- Experience of managing organizations of similar size and complexity
- Understanding of the wider relevant environments in which WIPO operates, including its objectives, culture and structure
- Detailed understanding of WIPO’s governance environment and accountability structures
- Oversight or management experience at a senior level in the United Nations system
- International and/or intergovernmental experience
 
Other criteria to be taken into account in the evaluation of applications will include\:
 
- Availability (including virtual consultations)
- Independence
- Commitment
- Professionalism
- Integrity
 
Language\:
 
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
 
Working knowledge of other WIPO official languages would be an advantage.  
 
Conditions of Service\:
 
Service on the IAOC is without remuneration.
 
Members shall be provided with the travel and subsistence entitlements in line with the WIPO travel policy to attend quarterly meetings in Geneva, and other relevant meetings as provided for in the Terms of Reference of the IAOC.  Allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.
 
Meetings generally last five days, but will also require additional time for travel and preparation due to the volume of documentation to be reviewed. 
 
Additional Information\:
 
Please include in your application a personal statement explaining the reasons for interest in the position and containing indications about availability and independence, and disclosing any possible conflicts of interest.
 
Applications from qualified women candidates are encouraged.
 
Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening. 
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: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-04

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