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Associate Program Officer


  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

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


a.    Organizational Setting


The post is located in the Development Agenda Coordination Division (DACD), which is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda.


The Division serves as the Secretariat for the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), and facilitates its work in defining actions for the implementation of the Development Agenda and review of its implementation. For this purpose, the Division also interfaces with internal and external stakeholders and promotes a better understanding of the WIPO Development Agenda and its benefits.


b.    Purpose Statement


The incumbent is responsible for contributing to the implementation of the Development Agenda and its mainstreaming in all related programs and activities and undertaking substantive and logistic tasks for the organization of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP).


c.    Reporting Lines


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Division.



2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


a.   Contribute to the preparation of documentation and reports for the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP);


b.   Provide substantive support for coordination, implementation and evaluation of activities, and for their mainstreaming in the work of the Organization;


c.   Carry out research, draft reports, prepare documentation and compile information in support of the development, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of Development Agenda projects and activities;


d.   Monitor specific aspects of the Development Agenda implementation, identify problems and propose actions to improve activity and project implementation. Analyze progress, identify and document significant events, decisions or deviations and record future activities;


e.   Participate in missions or meetings, provide information and support with respect to the implementation of the Development Agenda and recommend activities or action points;


f.    Assist with the implementation of Development Agenda (DA) projects, under the responsibility of the Division;


g.   Provide logistical, administrative and substantive support with regards to the organization of Committee sessions and other CDIP-related meetings;


h.   Establish and maintain contact with relevant internal and external stakeholders as directed, including Member States and intergovernmental organizations;


i.    Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

First-level university degree in development studies, economics, international relations, law or a related discipline.


Education (Desirable)

Advanced university degree in development studies, economics, international relations, law or a related discipline.


Experience (Essential)

At least three years of relevant professional experience, including experience obtained at the international level.


Experience in supporting intergovernmental negotiations, developing plans, and coordinating and implementing decisions at an international level.


Experience (Desirable)

Experience in the field of IP and / or IP and development.


Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.


Language (Desirable)

Knowledge of other official UN languages.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

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.


Excellent research and analytical skills and the ability to support effective policymaking.


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


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



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


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 September 2023 rate of 84.8%.




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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


Temporary appointments are renewable, subject to continuing needs, availability of budget and satisfactory performance with a maximum cumulative length of two years.


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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