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Program Officer


  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-09

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 position is located in the TISC Development Section of the Technology and Innovation Support Division in the IP for Innovators Department, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector. The Department is responsible for supporting researchers, innovators, universities and research institutions to use IP as a tool for growth and sustainable development. The Section is responsible for ensuring the sustainable development of TISCs through the management of national and regional projects, in particular, the implementation of skills and capacity development.


  1. Purpose Statement


The main role of the incumbent is to contribute to the effective and efficient development of national and regional TISC networks by disseminating and promoting the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and best practices to and among TISC networks.


  1. Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the TISC Development Section.


  1. Working Relations


The incumbent works in close coordination with other members of the Section, Division, and Department and other parts of the Organization including the Regional and National Development, Global Challenges and Partnerships, and Patent and Technology Sectors.



2.     Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.  Provide advice and guidance to stakeholders involved in projects to establish and develop national and regional networks of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs), including on situation and (training) needs assessment, project planning, and project monitoring and evaluation.


b.  Plan, organize, and participate as resource person in in-person, online, and hybrid training seminars and workshops in particular for TISCs on patent search, intellectual property rights management, and technology transfer and ensure the preparation of associated training materials and presentations.


c.  Promote awareness among relevant stakeholders on TISCs, the services they provide, and the impact they create, and the support and resources provided to TISCs by WIPO, including through success stories, case studies, and participation in events.


d.  Ensure the creation of expert and other technical content on the eTISC platform, including news items and “Ask the Expert” sessions and coordinate closely with the News and Media Division (NMD) dissemination of social content through various WIPO’s social media accounts.


e.  Drive continuous improvement of digital platforms for supporting TISC project management, outreach, and networking, in particular the TISC Project and Performance Management platform and eTISC platform, including through inputs to the definition of business needs and functional requirements.


f.   Perform other related duties as required.



3.     Requirements


Education (Essential)

First-level university degree in science, engineering, business administration, management, law or related field.


Experience (Essential)

At least six years of relevant professional experience, including significant experience in implementing projects related to establishing and/or developing IP services.


Experience working in an international environment.


Experience (Desirable)

Experience in project management in a development context or in developing countries.


Experience in providing training.


Experience working in the field of intellectual property, in particular patents.


Experience in preparing expert content for publication in print and/or social media.


Experience working in developing countries.


Experience working with public sector organizations.


Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.


Language (Desirable)

Knowledge of French or other official UN languages.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work within strict deadlines.


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.


Adaptability to new environments, tasks and demands.


Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the ability to adapt to new technologies quickly.


Job Related Competencies (Desirable)

Knowledge of intellectual property, in particular patents.


Knowledge of patent search, intellectual property management, and/or technology transfer.


Knowledge of training needs assessment processes and tools.


Knowledge of current project management methodologies such as the Logical Framework Approach (LFA) or Project Cycle Management (PCM).



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 October 2022 rate of 71%





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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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