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IP Commercialization Specialist

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Patent and Intellectual property
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-12

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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 IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector (IES). Coordinating with other vertical and horizontal WIPO sectors, IES is responsible for helping Member States develop their IP and innovation ecosystems to drive enterprise and economic growth. IES is also responsible for providing support for researchers and innovators, as well as enterprises, including SMEs, in IP commercialization and otherwise using IP for business growth; issues relating to the emergence of IP as an asset class; and the development of advisory expertise in these and related areas, for example, in national IP strategies. The IP for Business Division (IPBD) and within it the IP Commercialization Section partners with governments, industry, and other stakeholders to develop innovation ecosystems that support IP commercialization and business growth through intellectual property.


  1. Purpose Statement


IP commercialization refers to process by which IP is translated into products and services, and contributes to or drives business growth. It requires the development and use of IP management and strategy techniques, and the incorporation of these into the overall business strategy. The main role of the incumbent is to work with national and international stakeholders to help enterprises, innovators and creators be effective at IP commercialization. A major focus of these efforts will be on start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs.


  1. Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the IP Commercialization Section.


  1. Work Relations


The incumbent is expected to work closely and collaborate with colleagues within the Sector who are dealing with the enterprise and economic aspects of IP, as well as with those in the Organization who are fronting our relationships with Member States and external partners, with the Regional and National Development and Global Challenges and Partnerships Sectors.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Identify gaps at the national, regional and global levels in relation to IP commercialization.


b.   Design and develop initiatives, tools and other products that help innovators, creators, and businesses in IP commercialization.


c.   Forge alliances with business leaders, governments, industry groups and other national, regional and international stakeholders to deliver high impact programming related to IP commercialization.


d.   Provide expertise and guidance across WIPO on matters related to IP commercialization.


e.   Encourage communication and collaboration across the Organization to build and leverage work products and initiatives directed at IP commercialization.


f.    Functions as an expert on behalf of the Organization at meetings related to IP Commercialization, IP valuation, and the use of IP as a business asset.


g.   Establish and maintain partnerships or contacts with Member States, governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to share information and collaborate on matters relating to IP commercialization.


h.   Build WIPO’s reputation and expertise on developing IP ecosystems that support effective IP commercialization by businesses.


i.    Perform other related duties, as required.



3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

Advanced university degree in business, economics, law, applied sciences, engineering, or related discipline. A first-level university degree in a relevant field, plus two years of experience in addition to the experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


Experience (Essential)

At least seven years of experience in IP commercialization, preferably in a commercial setting. This experience must include not just knowledge but actual practice of IP management, IP strategy, as well as the negotiating of agreements with a heavy IP component, such as tech transfer and IP licensing.


Significant experience operating independently and executing on both a strategic and operational level.


Experience (Desirable)

Experience working in or with business in different countries and sectors.


Experience in developing IP policies at the institutional or regulatory level.


Proven track record of creating and maintaining successful partnerships with external organizations.


Experience in designing software applications in a business environment.


Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.


Language (Desirable)

Good knowledge of any other UN official languages.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Speaks the language of entrepreneurship, start-ups and SMEs.


Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing, including the ability to clearly convey messages to a wide range of audiences including government officials, innovators, creators, and business owners.


An entrepreneurial spirit who is motivated through curiosity and not afraid to promote out-of-the-box solutions that will deliver value.


Strong partnership skills and a keen sense of how to scale up support and activities into different countries and regions through partners.


Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail and ability to define specific action plans based on general guidance and deliver results.


An intuitive understanding of how to get things done across a complex organizational structure and partner ecosystem, including the ability to build and maintain lasting partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.


Job Related Competencies (Desirable)

Ability to have “helicopter vision” i.e. be able to look at issues at a technical level and have attention to detail, but at the same time, zoom out quickly to also view issues from a broader policy and strategic perspective.



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 August 2021 rate of 85.8%





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Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

A recruitment incentive of up to $35,000 may be paid to the selected candidate, upon first appointment to a position within the United Nations (U.N.) common system and subject to other eligibility criteria, in accordance with applicable conditions and procedures of WIPO.


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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