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Senior Advisor, IP and Gender

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Patent and Intellectual property
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2021-11-01

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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 Office of the Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Patents and Technology Sector (PTS), in the DDG’s capacity as WIPO’s IP and Gender Champion. This function is responsible for implementing WIPO’s strategic goals to promote and encourage female engagement in IP, provide expertise and support services to Member States and external stakeholders and provide the necessary data and information to integrate a gender perspective into IP legislation, policies, programs and projects.


  1. Purpose Statement


The incumbent provides strategic direction on IP and Gender matters and serves as the primary liaison with Member States and external stakeholders on education, research, and capacity building relating to WIPO’s IP and Gender programs.  The incumbent creates and facilitates cross-sectoral programs that enhance access to the IP system for women inventors, innovators, creators and entrepreneurs.


  1. Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Deputy Director General, in the DDG’s capacity as WIPO’s IP and Gender Champion.


d.      Work Relations


The Senior Advisor, IP and Gender works closely with a variety of key strategic stakeholders worldwide, including National IP Offices (patents, trademarks and copyrights), Geneva based representatives of Missions, international organizations including the UN, capital representatives, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, corporations, innovators and creators.  In addition, the Senior Advisor, IP and Gender will collaborate closely across all WIPO Sectors, including with the Gender and Diversity Specialist, to formulate and coordinate activities, gather necessary data and information and assess and determine opportunities to drive IP and Gender programs and projects.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Provide strategic advice and authoritative guidance externally to Member States and internally across all WIPO Sectors on IP and Gender issues through data, and the formulation of innovative policies and programs that provide and enhance equitable access to the IP system for women inventors, innovators, creators and entrepreneurs.


b.   Conduct research, analysis and data collection/sharing that identify the scope and nature of the gender gap in IP and ways to close the gender gap.  Working closely with WIPO’s Chief Economist, explore ways to disaggregate data to identify women inventors and creators and to further identify trends, patterns and obstacles in women’s use of IP registration systems, including, but not limited to\:


  • the effects of COVID-19 on women’s engagement in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and 
  • the determination of whether IP registration systems are gender neutral and recommend policies to ensure IP registration systems remain or become gender neutral.


c.   Provide expertise, capacity building and guidance to Member States and external stakeholders through the creation of programs designed to advance women in the IP system.


d.   Identify, promote and advance programs that contribute to women entering either STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) or other IP-intensive fields, including programs for girls/women/educators, grants and scholarships for education and mentoring, increased access to digital technology, and funding and investment opportunities.


e.   Create networking opportunities for women to commercialize their inventions, innovations and creations.


f.    Facilitate and support education and knowledge sharing around IP and Gender practices, raising awareness of how women and communities benefit from women’s involvement in IP.  Present and advance the benefits and successes of a more inclusive IP community and how women’s involvement in IP contributes towards improving the lives of women, including through increased employment and higher wages.


g.   Monitor and assess the effectiveness of service delivery methods and develop organizational processes, procedures and reporting systems to ensure gender growth goals are met.  Establish partnerships worldwide, including through the public and private sectors and recommend global best practices and trends in the development of gender growth in IP.


h.   Create a maturity assessment tool that enables organizations to benchmark their own path toward gender equality in the area of IP against others or best practices and give insights into how one may improve their program.


i.    Collaborate closely across all WIPO Sectors, to coordinate activities, gather necessary data and information and identify opportunities to\: (1) enhance skills (2) drive Gender based programs and projects in the IP environment, and (3) integrate Gender perspectives into IP legislation, policies, programs and projects.


j.    Oversee the development of an external communication plan, in close collaboration with relevant WIPO colleagues, for the production and dissemination of WIPO’s communications through traditional channels and social media on IP and Gender issues.


k.   Represent WIPO on issues relating to IP and Gender and liaise with National IP Offices (patents, trademarks and copyrights), Geneva based representatives of Missions, international organizations including the UN, capital representatives, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, corporations, innovators and creators to ensure stakeholder needs are met.


l.    Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

Advanced university degree in engineering, science, technology, social sciences, international relations, business management, economics, law or related field. A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


Experience (Essential)

At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in the field of intellectual property, with some demonstrated experience and interest in gender equality in the IP field.


Experience (Desirable)

Experience in an international environment.


Experience identifying and analysing demographic related metrics to inform decisions.


Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.


Language (Desirable)

Knowledge of any other United Nations official languages, preferably French.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Knowledge of innovation and intellectual property systems.


Demonstrated ability to influence at the executive level.


Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment.


Excellent organizational skills.


Excellent research, analytical skills and drafting.


High degree of creativity and ability to develop strategies in order to accomplish objectives.


Demonstrated ability to translate broad, complex and sometimes sensitive topics into clear projects.


Ability to lead and manage collaborative work.


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 September 2021 rate of 75.9%





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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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