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Program Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-13

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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 Regional Bureau for Arab Countries, Development Sector. The Bureau provides advisory services and manages the capacity building and technical assistance programs of the Organization for developing and least developed countries in the Arab region through coordination with various sectors within the Organization and/or outsourcing work to external experts.


  2. Purpose Statement


    The incumbent is responsible for the Organization’s technical assistance and capacity building programs for countries/organizations and cross-country issues assigned. The incumbent will perform the dual function of country/organization desk officer for assigned countries/organizations to leverage the use of intellectual property (IP) for development, as well as support the design, implementation and monitoring of technical assistance programs and other project-based initiatives, using the results-based management framework, in line with the Organization’s biennial and annual work plans.


  3. Reporting Lines

     The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Bureau. 

2.     Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.  Locate and analyze specific IP for development data for the assigned countries/organizations and issues, identify and assess development demands and challenges of these countries, analyze and interpret the political, socio-economic and legal setting, and design, plan and evaluate IP development projects in response to the need of various national IP stakeholders.


b.  Provide information and advice with respect to schedules, arrangements and methods required for project implementation management with country/organization authorities, implementing partners and other stakeholders, as well as relevant Organization project staff.


c.  Participate in missions, briefings and meetings in order to monitor and expedite project implementation, apply approved monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, and utilize information obtained as an input to corrective decision-making and revisions.


d.  Establish and maintain good relations with different sectors within the Organization and other project stakeholders and partners, and outreach to public and private IP stakeholders in relevant countries/organizations in the Arab region.


e.  Carry out required research, and prepare analytical studies and regional, country or sectoral analyses in support of the elaboration, development, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of projects and activities.


f.   Prepare a variety of reports, including but not limited to, implementation, progress and final reports as well as financial and results reports, risk-assessment reports, project assessment documents, project and budget revisions, program performance evaluations, and the annual budget and work plan, in order to contribute to reporting requirements.


g.  Assist with, and participate in, the development and maintenance of databases and other information management and reporting systems.


h.  Perform other related duties as required.


3.     Requirements




First-level university degree in international relations, law, economics, development studies or a related discipline.



Advanced university degree in international relations, law, economics, development studies or a related discipline.


Project management certification.




At least six years of relevant professional experience at the national or international level, including in the field of technical assistance, capacity building or development.  An advanced university degree in one of the aforementioned disciplines may be accepted in lieu of two years of relevant experience.


Experience with, and knowledge of, the political, socio-economic, cultural and legal systems of developing and least developed countries in the Arab region.


Experience working in the field of IP or international relations.



Project management experience.


Experience with and understanding of Results-Based Management.




Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and good knowledge of written and spoken Arabic.



Knowledge of French.


Job Related Competencies


Good knowledge of the international IP system, and of international relations in general.


Ability to gather data and draft reports.


Excellent analytical and organizational skills.


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


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.



Good project management skills and knowledge of project management methodologies.


Knowledge of IP institutions in developing countries, particularly in Arab 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 in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.  The figures quoted below are based on the October 2019 rate of 76.7%




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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