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NG - Abuja

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: NG - Abuja
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-24

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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 WIPO Nigeria Office, in Nigeria.


  2. Purpose Statement


    The Director of the WIPO Nigeria Office is responsible for managing the human and financial resources of the Office, providing strategic guidance for the activities of the Office in line with the broader strategic settings of WIPO, conceptualizing and ensuring the implementation of an effective work plan for the Office, providing effective coordination and cooperation with the host government, engaging with other stakeholders on the ground including other elements of the UN System and maximizing communications opportunities to promote public understanding of intellectual property, WIPO's work and the work of the Office.


    The WIPO Nigeria Office is part of a network of WIPO External Offices that add clear value, efficiency and effectiveness to the delivery of WIPO’s programs, in line with its Strategic Goals and Results Framework, in a coordinated and complimentary way, with WIPO Headquarters.


  3. Reporting Lines


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


  4. Work Relations


    The Director of the WIPO Nigeria Office liaises closely with the Overall Coordinator of WIPO External Offices, the Assistant Director General and Chief of Staff, to ensure consistency in the activities of the WIPO External Office network and coherence and efficiency in its operation.




2.     Duties and Responsibilities




The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:




  1. Direct and lead the activities of the WIPO Nigeria Office to ensure effective and efficient program delivery.  In particular, ensure the implementation of activities to facilitate the use of IP for development, promote the use of WIPO’s databases, tools and platforms, and promote the use of WIPO’s Global IP Services.


  2. Engage with senior officials and other stakeholders in Nigeria to coordinate planning and facilitate program delivery.


  3. Analyze needs and trends and undertake strategic program planning for the Office in accordance with the Strategic Goals, Medium-Term Strategic Plan, and the Program and Budget.  Prepare annual workplans for the Office.


  4. Effectively and efficiently manage the human and financial resources of the Office.  Identify key risks to program delivery and resource management and ensure they are managed and mitigated.


  5. Articulate and maintain an updated, strategic communications strategy for the WIPO Nigeria Office and ensure targeted and effective utilization of communications, including through new and social media, to promote public understanding of IP, WIPO's work and the work of the WIPO Nigeria Office.


  6. Represent WIPO before the host country government officials as well as at meetings with other stakeholders.


  7. Ensure effective coordination with all Sectors and units across the WIPO Secretariat so that program delivery is efficient, coherent and non-duplicative.


  8. Ensure effective coordination with the United Nations system organizations, as required, within the Office’s jurisdiction, in support of delivering as one UN, and keeping Headquarters informed of developments.  Ensure effective liaison with other non-government stakeholders in the country (industry, non-governmental organizations etc.).


 i.  Perform other related duties as required.



3.     Requirements








Advanced university degree in international relations, law, economics, public administration, management 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 and progressively responsible experience, including in the fields of public administration or management.






Experience working with the United Nations.


Experience leading or working in a sub-office of an organization in the field.


Experience working in the field of intellectual property.








Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.






Knowledge of other UN official languages or of local languages.




Job Related Competencies




Excellent diplomatic, representation and communication skills, including in an international context.




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




Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently manage human and financial resources.




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




Excellent organizational skills.




Excellent drafting skills.




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 Nigeria, its intellectual property infrastructure and the key intellectual property issues in that country.




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




Knowledge of WIPO’s 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 September 2019 rate of 34.7%







Annual salary



Post adjustment



Total Salary



Currency USD







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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