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  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-27

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Associate Legal Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\:  Please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.


1.     Organizational Context


  1. Organizational Setting


    The position is located in the IP Disputes Section of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center which is a resource center for the resolution of intellectual property disputes between private parties through methods other than court litigation. The Center's areas of activity are covered by the IP Disputes and External Relations Division (comprising the IP Disputes Section, the Information and External Relations Section and the Business Development Unit), and the Internet Dispute Resolution Section. The IP Disputes Section is responsible for the administration of mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases filed with the Center and various related aspects of the development and promotion of WIPO alternative dispute resolution.


  2. Purpose Statement


    The incumbent contributes to the legal and organizational work of the Center, including contributing to the administration of mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases filed with the Center, and to the development of Center-supported dispute resolution policies tailored to local and regional needs and ensuring their implementation.


  3. Reporting Lines


    The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the IP Disputes Section.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Contribute to the administration of mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases filed with the Center.


b.   Promote the services of the Center in the administration of mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases.


c.   Produce materials on WIPO alternative dispute resolution for conferences and training programs.  Promote participation at, and participate in, such events and maintain contact with participants.


d.   Provide input for the establishment and promotion of new Center-supported dispute resolution policies tailored to local and regional needs and implement such policies.


e.   Provide procedural guidance in relation to WIPO alternative dispute resolution in response to queries received.


f.    Keep abreast of developments, undertake legal and marketing research in local and regional dispute resolution practices relevant to potential demand for the Center's services and contribute to publications on IP alternative dispute resolution. Perform other related duties as required.


g.   Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements




First-level university degree in law.



Advanced university degree in law.




At least three years of relevant professional experience, including experience in intellectual property law or alternative dispute resolution in a law firm and/or department or agency.  An advanced university degree may be accepted in lieu of two years of experience.




Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.



Good knowledge of another UN language and/or language relevant to WIPO alternative dispute resolution proceedings (see https\://


Job Related Competencies



Broad understanding of intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution.


An understanding of the use of information technology in the context of dispute resolution processes.


Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.


Flexibility and team spirit. Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure.


Competent user of databases, Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and the Internet, and ability to work with and adapt quickly to new software.


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



Good understanding of the procedures applicable to the work of the work unit.



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 May 2019 rate of 64.3%





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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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