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Director of Publications

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-18

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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.




This vacancy announcement replaces the previous one for this post (19234-FT) with a modification on the educational requirements, whereby a first-level university degree with two years of additional relevant experience will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.  Applicants to the previous advertisement will be automatically considered and need not re-apply.






1.    Organizational Context




  1. Organizational Setting


    The post is located in the Publications Division, Office of the Director General.  The Division is responsible for creating and delivering clear, consistent, innovative and engaging publications and communications to promote understanding of intellectual property and of WIPO’s work.


  2. Purpose Statement


    The incumbent is responsible for leading the formulation, planning and implementation of an integrated and innovative strategy of the Organization’s publications, library and document distribution, and web communications activities, both external and internal, to promote understanding of intellectual property, to raise awareness and knowledge of WIPO’s work, initiatives and achievements, and to substantively contribute to WIPO business growth and market proliferation.  The Director must work closely, seamlessly and effectively with the Director of Marketing and Customer Service and the Director of News and Media, and directs the efforts of Publications Division staff, establishing overall objectives and priorities for the optimal functioning of the Division and coordinating at the strategic and tactical levels with the other functions of the Organization.


  3. Reporting Lines


    The incumbent works under the supervision of the Assistant Director General and Chief of Staff.



  4. Work Relations


    The incumbent coordinates with senior management and business units across the Organization, and as a tactical imperative works closely with the Marketing and Customer Service Division and the News and Media Division to identify and support WIPO's strategic marketing and communications priorities.




2.     Duties and Responsibilities




The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:




a.  Manage and direct an innovative and important publications program addressed to a large internal and external audience. Provide strategic direction for the conceptualization and design of WIPO publications, brochures, flyers, posters, banners, stands, invitations etc. working closely with the Director of Marketing and Customer Service to ensure the consistency of WIPO’s reputation, branding and visual identity when engaging key stakeholders and audiences, and compliance with and effective use of the Organization’s branding strategy. Coordinate and integrate the publication activities with other programs of the Organization. Oversee the promotion of the publications program, create opportunities for, and manage and implement, desired change.




b.  Provide strategic direction for the conceptualization and design of the Organization’s website, working closely with the Director of Marketing and Customer Service to ensure compliance with and effective use of the Organization’s branding strategy, and create advanced models and frameworks for the development of engaging web content for dissemination to key, underserved and unreached audiences.




c.  Oversee and lead editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all Organization publications, and the provision of high-quality editorial services for clients across the organization; determine Organization-wide editorial policy to ensure the highest standard of quality and cost-effectiveness of the Organization’s documentation and publications program; determine overall objectives and requirements in the medium- and long-term and lead the development and evolution of editorial standards and guidelines across the Organization.




d.  Provide strategic direction for the promotion, publishing and dissemination of the WIPO Magazine, ensuring that this publication continues to evolve and provide a valuable and innovative vehicle for messaging about WIPO and IP for stakeholders.




e.  Provide strategic direction for World IP Day; oversee and lead the annual delivery of the suite of activities and initiatives in support of World IP Day; provide strategic recommendations and advice to the Director General on themes, policy, procedures and representation for upcoming World IP Days.




f.   Oversee and direct the planning, development and organization of high-quality library, visitor and documentation services for clients across the organization and for external stakeholders; plan and implement organizational policies with respect to the information resources needed to support the work of the Organization and the requirements of the network involved; provide overall supervision and guidance to methodological and developmental work, including the implementation of new technologies.




g.  Formulate and implement the substantive annual work plan and program objectives for the Division, defining expected results and key performance indicators.  Prepare the biennial Program and Budget of the Division.  Evaluate overall Division activities, initiatives and performance to measure impact and alignment with Organizational strategy and compliance with WIPO standards of accuracy, transparency and accountability.




h.  Exercise strategic human and financial asset management. Deploy and allocate resources into value-added activities and initiatives, and away from areas without comparative advantage, in accordance with results-based management principles and framework as well as key performance indicators.  Ensure that key risks are identified, assessed and managed for the provision of high quality, effective and timely work products and services.




i.   Represent WIPO at key global events and internal and external meetings; promote the Organization’s work and achievements, build and maintain high level partnerships to promote WIPO’s role as the global forum for IP issues, provide substantive expertise and authoritative advice and recommendations on the Division’s work, and participate in policy discussion and formulation.




j.   Perform other related duties, as required.






3.     Requirements








Advanced university degree in law, economics, international relations, management and administration, communications or equivalent qualifications. 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 combined management and publications/communications experience in an organization involving a significant number of people with diverse and varied interests and backgrounds.  Experience must include program planning and management.








Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and French.






Knowledge of other UN language(s).




Job Related Competencies




Ability to effectively manage financial resources in accordance with applicable financial and administrative rules, regulations and procedures.




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.




Experience in a multidisciplinary and multicultural work environment, demonstrated innovative strategic thinking and proven corporate communications skills.




Strong leadership and political skills, proven management skills and demonstrated ability to motivate and manage a multidisciplinary team and to advise and coach other managers.




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






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.  Please note that this estimate is for information only.  The post adjustment multiplier (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change (increase or decrease) without notice.  The figures quoted below are based on the November 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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