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Director, WIPO Office in the Russian Federation

Moscow (Russian Federation)

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Moscow (Russian Federation)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-28

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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 Office in the Russian Federation (WRO) in Moscow, Russian Federation. This Office is responsible for effective delivery of WIPO's products and services including development oriented services to appropriate Member States and other stakeholders. The WRO is part of a network of WIPO 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).


  1. Purpose Statement


The incumbent is responsible for conceptualizing and directing the implementation of the work program of the WRO located in Moscow, providing technical and policy advice, information and analysis to key stakeholders on the promotion of WIPO's mandate and for improving the quality and timeliness of WIPO services for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights.


  1. Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Deputy Director General, Regional and National Development Sector.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Direct and lead activities undertaken by WRO to strategically enhance WIPO's presence and services in the Russian Federation in the field of industrial property and copyright, utilizing partnerships and synergies to meet WIPO's strategic goals.


b.   Analyze needs and trends in the Russian Federation and provide strategic advice and support to the senior management of WIPO on key expectations, challenges and evolutions in IP related fields, taking into account overall political and economic circumstances.


c.   Engage and liaise with senior officials of the host government to ensure excellent communications and cooperation between the Russian Federation and WIPO HQ with a view to contributing to the achievement of the strategic goals of WIPO.


d.   Represent WIPO and provide substantive expertise and authoritative advice to government officials or the private sector at senior-level international, regional and national meetings; prepare and present papers on behalf of WIPO.


e.   Direct the Office's portfolio of work and take overall management responsibility for its human and financial resources, determining priorities and allocating resources for the timely and quality delivery of work products in accordance with the work plans and results-based management framework; ensure that key risks are identified, assessed and managed for the achievement of agreed results.


f.    Lead strategic engagement and promote cooperation with key IP stakeholders in the Russian public and private sectors as well as the IP sector of international diplomatic circles; develop and manage consultative networks to raise the visibility of WIPO and improve the provision of services to stakeholders in the Russian Federation in relation to WIPO-administered treaties, for the purpose of overall development and the protection of IP.


g.   Interface with officials from other United Nations agencies based in the Russian Federation on matters of administration and common system interest with a view to building synergies.


h.   Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

Advanced university degree in international relations, law, economics, management, business administration or other related field.  A first-level university degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


Experience (Essential)

At least 15 years of relevant and progressively responsible experience, including in the fields of management and international relations.


Experience (Desirable)

Experience in the field of IP, including the business and administration of national IP institutions or experience of national authorities dealing with international relations.


Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of Russian and English.


Language (Desirable)

Knowledge of French and ability to work in other UN official languages.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Good knowledge of the subject areas dealt with by the Organization, in particular intellectual property.


Ability to effectively manage financial and human resources.


Ability to build and enhance internal and external partnerships and promote synergies; ability to promote WIPO's mandate successfully.


Excellent communication, negotiation, networking and public presentation skills and ability to represent the Organization and deliver messages effectively to a wide audience.


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



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 May 2021 rate of 43.0%





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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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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