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This post is a limited-term fixed-term post.
1. Organizational Context
a. Organizational Setting
The post is located in the WIPO Singapore Office (WSO). The WSO acts as WIPO Service Center for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (or ASEAN and comprising Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam) in promoting the use of WIPO's Global IP Services (including WIPO's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services), WIPO's platforms, tools and publications to all IP stakeholders in the ASEAN region and in supporting efforts in the implementation of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Action Plan 2016 – 2025, post-2025 ASEAN intellectual property agendas, and activities under the MOU between ASEAN and WIPO on Expansion of Cooperation in Specific Areas. As such, the WSO supports national efforts to strengthen IP ecosystems in support of economic, social and cultural development goals. The WSO is part of a network of WIPO External Offices (EOs).
b. Purpose Statement
The incumbent works closely with the Director in conceptualizing, designing, mobilizing resources, and forming networks of stakeholders in implementing the work plan of the WSO, so that the Office positions important Organizational programs to be recognized as leading in the field, adding clear cohesion, value, efficiency and effectiveness to the program delivery of WIPO in its area of responsibility.
c. Reporting Lines
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the WSO.
d. Work Relations
As a senior member of the WSO, the incumbent will cooperate closely with colleagues, both in the WSO and across units at Headquarters, and contribute to effectively and efficiently leading the implementation of WSO’s mandate and ensuring that there is no duplication. The incumbent will also work closely with stakeholders in ASEAN, including with representatives of the Host Government and Governments in the region, providing on a timely basis, authoritative expertise and substantive advice on intellectual property matters.
2. Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:
a. Lead the formulation and implementation of WSO programs, projects and initiatives, including those under the WIPO-Government of Singapore MOU and the ASEAN-WIPO MOU;
b. Develop and implement projects in close coordination with Member States, inter-governmental organizations and stakeholders in ASEAN;
c. Lead the development of the activities under WIPO-Government of Singapore MoU and implement the projects and activities in a timely manner in close collaboration with the counterparts in Singapore;
d. Analyze the outcomes and feedback from the implementation of WSO programs, projects and initiatives and provide advice to the Director of WSO;
e. Analyze the development trends on IP ecosystems under the digital economy in the region and provide advice to the Director on the related impacts, opportunities and challenges;
f. Develop the strategies for, and lead on the promotion of WIPO’s Global IP Services, tools, databases and platforms to the different stakeholder groups in the region; and provide information and feedback to users of these services, tools, databases and platforms;
g. Lead the organization of outreach programs and activities for various stakeholders in the IP ecosystems – including especially private sectors, SMEs, youth and women groups;
h. Carry out research as well as commission and prepare ToRs, analyses, studies, reports, correspondence, and other documentation on IP-related needs and trends in different priority sectors/industries under the digital normal in ASEAN;
i. Provide input on WSO's programmatic, workforce and financial planning in line with results-based management principles; and manage workplan and budgetary resources;
j. Represent WIPO at meetings in ASEAN and make presentations at seminars and conferences;
k. Liaise with colleagues within and across the Sectors on matters related to WIPO’s Global IP Services, tools, databases and platforms and other substantive areas of work;
l. Supervise a broad network of consultants and oversee the procurement for goods and services;
m. Establish and maintain effective working relations and communication channels with Member States, inter-governmental organizations and stakeholders;
n. Develop close and productive relations with officials of Singapore to facilitate the effective and efficient functioning of the Office as well as the impactful implementation of the activities under the WIPO-Singapore MoU;
o. Develop, maintain and strengthen relations with representatives of other UN and intergovernmental organizations in the region; participate as appropriate in activities of the Common UN System in the region so as to create effective networks and build synergies for mandate implementation; and
p. Perform other related duties as required.
Advanced university degree in law, economics, finance, science and technology, international relations, public administration, business management or a related field. A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant professional experience in addition to the years of experience mentioned below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
At least seven years of related professional and progressively responsible experience in the fields of intellectual property.
Experience in business, marketing, IP valuation and financing, digital technology, innovation, e-commerce, financial technology, culture and creativity in the emerging growth sectors/industries in ASEAN.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
A good knowledge of another UN language or of languages spoken in the ASEAN region (i.e., Malay, Khmer, Indonesian, Lao, Burmese, Filipino, English, Thai, and Vietnamese).
Job Related Competencies (Essential)
Sound political judgement, discretion and integrity.
Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
Good knowledge of the subject areas dealt with by the Organization, in particular IP development, management and commercialization.
Good knowledge of the ASEAN region, including on issues surrounding the IP, innovation and creativity space and ecosystems in the region.
Excellent diplomatic, representation and communication skills, including in an international context, and an ability to deliver messages effectively to diverse audiences.
Ability to effectively manage financial resources in accordance with applicable financial and administrative rules, regulations and procedures.
Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks, conceptualize new approaches and options, and promote new measures and ideas.
Job Related Competencies (Desirable)
Knowledge of IP issues and developments at the international level, including commercialization and collaborative innovation under the digital normal.
Knowledge of new and emerging opportunities, trends, and risk management in key fields such as business, marketing, IP valuation and financing, digital technology, innovation, creativity, e-commerce, and financial technology under the digital economy.
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.
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.
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 August 2023 rate of 69.6%
Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.
Initial fixed-term appointment of two years, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and other applicable conditions. The selected candidate’s appointment will be subject to an overall term of five years in this position, with no possibility of renewal beyond that term. S/he may, however, apply and be considered for other positions at WIPO.
This is not applicable to WIPO staff members on fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointments, who were recruited following a competition under Staff Regulation 4.10 (“Appointment Boards”).
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.
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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\://www.whed.net/. 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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