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Program Officer (National IP Strategies)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Patent and Intellectual property
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-31

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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. This Sector is responsible for working with key partners and intermediaries in the innovation ecosystems to provide support to researchers, innovators and enterprises, including SMEs.  Other key focus areas include IP commercialization for business growth, emergence of IP as an asset class, development of expertise on national IP strategies and related policies, economic analysis on IP and innovation and creativity, strengthening ADR and the services provided by the Arbitration and Mediation Center, and providing technical assistance to the judiciary, as well as services related to the legal databases.


  1. Purpose Statement


The main role of the incumbent is to contribute to the project management, coordination and advisory expertise and supporting tools and methodologies and research to assist Member States to develop and implement national IP strategies in the broader context of the country’s national innovation and economic development goals.


  1. Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Senior Counsellor (National IP Strategies), and under the direction of the Senior Policy Advisor, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector.


  1. Working Relations


The incumbent interacts with colleagues within the Sector, with those in substantive Sectors, and with those in the Regional and National Development Sector (RNDS). Colleagues in RNDS are the key interlocutors with Member States throughout the process of engaging and developing national IP strategies.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Contribute to the research and preparation of documents and analysis of best practices and policy trends relating to national IP Strategies and broader innovation policies worldwide.


b.   Undertake specific projects relating to the coordination of WIPO input into the process of development, formulation and implementation of national IP strategies.


c.   Develop project schedules and consultations plans; gather and edit comments; verify accuracy of information; and produce final drafts for review.


d.   Compile information, prepare documentation and draft reports on the status of preparation and implementation of national IP Strategies; identify problems and propose actions to improve the process for the program.


e.   Constitute and maintain a repository of knowledge and best practices; including the Methodology for the Development of National IP Strategies and related tools (benchmarking indicators etc.); internal documents and process documents.


f.    Create and maintain a database of national IP Strategies and related information such as a repository of outside experts; and respond to and coordinate requests for information. Maintain and update information on the website as needed.


g.   Analyze data, produce reports, and propose adjustments to the methodology, indicators and processes as required.


h.   Provide logistical, administrative and substantive support with regards to the coordination of meetings and contacts with relevant internal and external stakeholders as directed.


i.    Perform other related duties and projects, as required.



3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

First-level university degree in law, economics, social sciences, business management, international relations or another relevant discipline.


Experience (Essential)

At least six years of relevant professional experience in the field of innovation and intellectual property.


Experience (Desirable)

Experience in contributing to the development of government policies, studies and analysis in the field of innovation and intellectual property.


Experience in a consultancy environment dealing with a range of governmental and non-governmental organizations and the business community.


Experience in project management tools and methodologies.


Experience in data analysis tools and methodologies.


Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.


Language (Desirable)

Good knowledge of any other UN official language.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Excellent research and data analytical skills, and the ability to support effective policy-making and program implementation.


Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail; with the ability to work within strict time constraints and to meet deadlines.


Excellent communications skills and interpersonal skills, and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


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


Sound knowledge of project management methodologies.



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 December 2021 rate of 82.5%





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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.

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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