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Senior Cloud Architect


  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-26



- The deadline for applications is indicated in local date and time.

- This post is a project post.


1.     Organizational Context


  1. Organizational Setting


The post is located in the IT Technical Division, Information and Communication Technology (ITC) Department, Administration, Finance and Management Sector.


The IT Technical Division (ITTD) is responsible for ensuring the maintenance, development and secure operations of the Organization's ICT platforms hosting all of WIPO's internal and outward facing business systems.


WIPO has adopted a “Cloud First” policy and established a Cloud Management Unit (CMU) to coordinate the cloud transition activities. Subsequently, the Cloud Transition Project was initiated.


  1. Purpose Statement


To support the business-critical workloads on the cloud, a strengthened governance mechanism is proposed in the form of an internal Cloud Center of Competence (CCoC) in order to\: (i) secure the provision of architectural competences and oversight for the migration of major business applications; (ii) drive effective development and operations (DevOps) practices, operations and platform management; (iii) manage financial aspects of the transition; and (iv) procure and start a Managed Services contract for Cloud operations.


The position is responsible for leading the CCoC for the duration of the project.


  1. Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO).



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Oversee the activities performed by the CCoC to drive successful cloud implementation across the Organization.


b.   Supervise the cloud architects in the Division, as well as coordinate cloud-related activities for architects across the Organization.


c.   Design the roadmap for the implementation of the WIPO Cloud Principles.


d.   With oversight from the CTO and with approval from the relevant WIPO governance bodies, produce the long-term strategy for cloud adoption and management.


e.   Ensure the relevant audit recommendations (e.g., the ones by the Joint Inspection Unit) are implemented.


f.    Align with other stakeholders to ensure that the choices made during the transition to the Cloud are in line with WIPO’s risk appetite.


g.   Provide alignment between Enterprise Architecture and the CCoC.


h.   With the support of the Senior Finops Specialist, provide mechanisms to allocate accurately, forecast, and optimize spending by cloud consumers, enabling self-service capabilities to manage current and forecasted spend.


i.    Ensure all cloud architecture designs are compliant with security policies and standards.


j.    Establish processes to evaluate and develop new cloud patterns.







3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

Advanced university degree in Computer Science or another science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discipline.  A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the years of experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


AWS Solution Architect Certification\: Associate.


Education (Desirable)

AWS Solution Architect Certification\: Professional.


TOGAF certification.


Experience (Essential)

At least seven years of experience as a Solutions Architect, with at least five years in Cloud Architect Role.


Previous experience in driving a complex migration to cloud, involving a complex application landscape, from an architecture standpoint.


At least five years of proven AWS Cloud architecting experience, including refactoring or replatforming applications for migration to AWS cloud.


Experience designing cloud-native applications and working with Containers and Microservices.


Experience in setting up and managing complex cloud landscapes making use of\:

-         IaC tools (e.g. AWS CloudFormation,Terraform).

-         Container orchestration tools (e.g. OpenShift and Kubernetes).

-         DevOps toolchain (e.g. Jira/GitHub/Jenkins).

-         Automation tools (e.g. Chef/Puppet/Ansible).


Experience (Desirable)

Application development background.


Microsoft Azure experience or certification.


Working experience in the context of an international organization.


Language (Essential)

Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.


Language (Desirable)

Knowledge of other UN official languages, particularly French.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.


Ability to clearly articulate and communicate design and implementation choices.


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.


Demonstrated capacity of delivering results that require active involvement of resources across the Organization.


Comfort with working across functional borders.


Ability to interact and gain strong and stable support from multiple stakeholders.


Familiarity with a broad range of technologies supplemented by in-depth knowledge in specific areas of relevance.



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 July 2022 rate of 73.5%





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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 one year, renewable, subject to funding and satisfactory performance.  Fixed-term appointments granted for approved projects shall be for a period whose minimum and maximum duration are tied to the funding and terms of reference of the project.  The overall duration of a fixed-term appointment for a project shall normally not exceed five years.  Fixed-term appointments granted for approved projects shall not be converted to a permanent or continuing appointment.


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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