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Associate Research Officer


  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: JP-Tokyo
  • Grade: P-1, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-10

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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 WIPO Japan Office (WJO) in Tokyo.  This Office is responsible for effective delivery of WIPO's products and services to Intellectual Property (IP).  The WJO is part of a network of External Offices (EOs) that add clear value, efficiency and effectiveness to the delivery of strategic goals of the Organization in a coordinated and complementary way with WIPO Headquarters (HQ).  The WJO serves an important role in promoting WIPO's services and in undertaking capacity building activities in the area of intellectual property (IP) in cooperation with the government of the host country, Japan. The WJO creates unique resources for IP awareness and training, for example, the IP Advantage database (, with a view to promoting the role and value of IP and assisting innovative business persons in developing countries to enhance their skills in using the IP system.
  2. Purpose Statement
    The incumbent will participate in the research, preparation, drafting and editing of new stories based on publicly-available episodes and news and will create corresponding new entries in the IP Advantage database. The incumbent will use the entries as case studies for practical training of IP management and provide primary research-related support and work in relation to IP Advantage.
  3. Reporting Lines
    The incumbent works under the supervision of the Counsellor of the WJO.

2.     Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.  In connection with the IP Advantage database, research, draft, update, classify and edit case studies on the successful use of IP worldwide, including identifying images to illustrate case studies and obtaining permission for their use; and uploading case study texts, pictures and metadata into the web content management system and database.


b.  Participate in meetings to prepare a plan for IP Advantage Database content creation, and make necessary arrangements in coordination with WIPO News and Media Division for the creation of audio-visual material for public dissemination and visualization of case studies.


c.  Manage local or international individual contractors hired to create training materials and teaching notes of case studies selected from the IP Advantage database by reviewing their contributions and bringing any issue to the Counsellor's attention.


d.  Organize regional workshops, training courses or knowledge-sharing events in Japan for officials of Intellectual Property Offices, entrepreneurs or business persons in developing countries by liaising with participants to ensure the coordination of particular services for administrative support, and document preparation and distribution.


e.  Implement other activities under the Japan Funds-in-Trust as well as activities for the promotion of IP systems and WIPO's services.


f.   Monitor accounts and expenses, and prepare status reports and records of petty cash.


g.  Assist in developing and updating the WJO web pages and other public-relation activities of the WJO.


h.  Perform other related duties as required.



3.     Requirements


Education (Essential)

First-level university degree.


Experience (Essential)

At least one year of relevant professional work experience.


Experience (Desirable)

Experience in editing educational materials.

Professional experience in covering short articles for journals.


Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken Japanese and English.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Project coordination and implementation skills.


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.


Job Related Competencies (Desirable)

Knowledge of intellectual property, financial administration.



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 October 2020 rate of 90.1%





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Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.


Additional Information


Initial period of one year, 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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