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Chief Data Officer


  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-14

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 Information and Communication Technology Department (ICTD) of the Administration, Finance and Management Sector.


The ICT Department is responsible for the transformation of the Organization's information and communication technology systems and structures, with a focus on service excellence, quality, efficiency and integration. The department is in charge of Enterprise Architecture, ICT Program Management, and Infrastructure Management including the ongoing adoption of cloud technologies.


  1. Purpose Statement


The Chief Data Officer (CDO) is the senior executive who bears responsibility on behalf of the Organization to promote value creation by means of the Organization's data assets and external data ecosystem.


As such, the CDO is the senior-most executive with responsibility for aligning data policy and administration with relevant internal and external regulatory, legal and ethical mandates.


  1. Reporting Lines


The incumbent reports to the Chief Information Officer (CIO).



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Governance\:


Work with the Information and Communication Technology & Information Assurance (ICTIA) board and other business units to define and implement the Organization's overarching data and analytics strategy.


Take authority and responsibility for exploiting the value of enterprise data assets and promote the related business benefits to internal and external stakeholders.  Be the organizational champion of data-driven insights that support the exploitation of strategic and tactical business opportunities.


Oversee the deployment and maintenance of a comprehensive inventory of all data assets of the Organization.  Work in close collaboration with the Data Protection Officer to ensure compliance with data rules and regulations.


Develop methods and processes to ensure consistent application and use of analytics.


In collaboration with business units, lead research, strategy creation and development of new data products or services in fulfillment of WIPO's strategic goals.


Partner with the CIO to scan the horizon for emerging management tools, skills, techniques and technologies. Work together to ensure their timely introduction for competitive advantage and to minimize duplication.


Collaborate with Enterprise Architecture for the development, publishing and maintenance of the Organization's data architecture, as well as a roadmap for its future development, ensuring that it matches and supports business needs.


b.   Oversight and Control\:


Lead regulatory and compliance programs related to data and analytics assets and ensure audit controls exist for data and analytics.


Develop and maintain controls on data quality, interoperability and sources to manage effectively the corporate risk associated with the use of data and analytics.


Define, manage and advance enterprise data management principles, policies and programs for stewardship, advocacy and custodianship of data and analytics, in concert with legal, information security, knowledge and records management, and corporate risk and compliance offices.


Evolve and institutionalize behaviors for the appropriate use of information taking into consideration of the changing business needs, security requirements, privacy needs, ethical values, societal and cultural expectations.


Define, manage and ensure an adequate data trust model, controls for master data and metadata management, including reference data.


Measure master data and reference data for compliance to policy, standards and conceptual models.


c.   Operational\:


Oversee the development, deployment and maintenance of the enterprise's data and analytics platform.


Organize and lead a data and analytics center of excellence, and constantly improve the Organization's capacity to develop insights with advanced analytics.


Institute an enterprise operating model that is consistent with the capabilities and competencies required to execute the strategy.


Promote the exchange of best practices, lessons learned, shareable data sources and use cases between data practitioners in the Organization.


Develop plans for improving data literacy and embedding analytics in decision processes throughout the Organization.


Establish resource plans and long-term agreements to compensate for skills and knowledge gaps in the Organization.


Oversee the integration and staging of data, and the development and maintenance of the data lakes, data warehouse and data marts, for use by analysts throughout the Organization.


d.   Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

Advanced university degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Information Management, Business Administration or a 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.


Education (Desirable)

Certification related to data science.


Academic qualification or professional training in legal or regulatory areas.


ITIL foundation and basic project management certification, e.g. PRINCE2 foundation certification.


Experience (Essential)

At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, including several or all of the following areas\: Business Intelligence, statistics, data governance and management, software development, data quality management (DQM), AWS data analytics platform.


Experience in integrating complex, cross-corporate processes and information strategies, and/or designing strategic metrics and scorecards.


Five or more years of progressive leadership experience in leading cross-functional teams and enterprise programs, operating and influencing effectively across the organization and within complex contexts.


Experience in working in one or more data science languages such as R, Python, SPARK, and MATLAB.


Experience (Desirable)

Experience with DevSecOps, AWS and CI/CD is highly desirable.


Strategy and management consulting experience.


Experience in strategic technology planning and execution, and policy development and maintenance.


Familiarity with business information generation and analysis methods.


Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.


Language (Desirable)

Knowledge of other official UN languages.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Demonstrated soft skills in critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and adaptability.


Excellent managerial and leadership skills, especially in leading diverse teams of technical staff.


Ability to cultivate innovation and manage change. Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives and accountability in delivering results.


Ability to communicate on technical issues with a diverse audience. Excellent analytical and organizational skills.


Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural 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 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 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.