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Associate Program Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-10

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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 post is located in the Copyright Development Division, Copyright and Creative Industries Sector. The Copyright Development Division is responsible for the provision of technical assistance and capacity building programs and projects for developing countries in the Field of copyright and related rights and for coordinating the interface of the WIPO Copyright and Creative Industries sector with developing country member states in the Field. The aim is to help these countries in using the copyright system to extract greater economic value from their cultural and other creative works.


  2. Purpose Statement


    The incumbent assists in the design and implementation of technical assistance and capacity building programs and projects in relation to the Organization's cooperation for development mandates with the objective of developing, implementing and monitoring sustainable programs and activities designed to enhance and promote the use of copyright and intellectual property for economic, social and cultural development in the countries under his/her responsibility.


  3. Reporting Lines


    The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Copyright Development Division.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Assist in the design, planning and organization of result-oriented seminars, workshops, study visits, and other capacity building programs on copyright and related rights, including preparation of programs and documents;


b.   Participate in the analysis of the needs of countries or groups of countries for development activities/programs/projects within their national strategies for the establishment of functioning and beneficial copyright systems;


c.   Follow-up on specific aspects of project implementation, identify problems, propose actions to expedite project and service delivery, and identifies and tracks follow-up actions;


d.   Enhance WIPO's technical assistance to developing countries;


e.   Assist in the design and development of new innovative collaborative formats to bring together the young people's knowledge and understanding of the real value of protecting the rights of creators, especially in the current digital era and benefits of embracing new online legal content offers;


f.    Contribute to the preparation of various written reports, as may be needed, including drafting, reviewing and revising sections or portions of project assessment documents, background papers, project and budget revisions, as well as contribute to the workplan exercises of the Division;


g.   Establish and maintain contact with relevant internal and external stakeholders as directed, including Member States, intergovernmental agencies and public and private sector IP organizations;


h.   Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative meetings and other conferences, including in the preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.;


i.    Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements




First-level university degree in law, political science, business administration, public relations, finance, human resources management or related discipline.



Development related studies or intellectual property.




At least three years of relevant professional experience at the national or international level, including experience working in an IP institution or other institution responsible for development cooperation policies and procedures. Experience in the field of project management or technical assistance. Capacity building experience in developing countries.  An advanced university degree may be accepted in lieu of two years of experience.


Experience with and understanding of copyright and related rights.



Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Arabic.



Knowledge of other UN languages.


Job Related Competencies


Knowledge of development concerns and needs of developing countries.


Ability to establish priorities for oneself and others and to plan work assignments.


Good knowledge of project management, including planning, implementation and monitoring.


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


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



Knowledge of institution building of copyright in developing countries.



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.  The figures quoted below are based on the August 2019 rate of 80.0%




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.

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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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