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Vacancy Announcement No: WIPO/13/N/A/SA015
Title: Member, WIPO Independent Advisory Oversight Committee (IAOC)
Grade: N/A
Appointment/Contract type: Service Appointment
Duration:  Three years, renewable once
Publication Date: 8 March 2013
Application Deadline: 19 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Organizational Unit:
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Post Number: N/A

Organizational Context:

The World Intellectual Property Organization is seeking applications for three positions on its Independent Advisory Oversight Committee (IAOC) to begin on February 1, 2014. With a view to representation of each of the seven Groups of Member States of WIPO on the IAOC, priority will be given to the selection of one candidate from each of the following three Groups:


-Group of Central European and Baltic States (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); and

-Group B (Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America).

The Independent Advisory Oversight Committee of WIPO (IAOC) is an independent, external and expert advisory and oversight body which assists Member States in their role of oversight of, and for the better exercise of their governance responsibilities with respect to the various operations of WIPO. Its mandate includes promoting internal control, focusing assurance resources, overseeing audit performance and particular activities and projects as it may be requested by the Program and Budget Committee. The IAOC makes recommendations to the Program and Budget Committee on issues within its terms of reference and reports to WIPO Member States about its work through the WIPO Program and Budget Committee and the WIPO General Assembly.

The IAOC is composed of seven members, representing, to the extent possible, each of seven geographical regions of WIPO Member States. Once selected, IAOC members shall serve in their personal capacity for a term of three years, renewable once.

Service on the IAOC is without remuneration, but members shall be provided with the standard UN travel and subsistence expenses to attend quarterly meetings in Geneva. Meetings generally last four days, but will also require additional time for travel and preparation due to the volume of documentation to be reviewed.

The selection will be conducted by a special panel of Member States' representatives and will be based on individual skills, taking into account the need for the Committee to possess corporate skills as well as appropriate geographical representation.

As an example, the Committee should have members who, among others, collectively possess recent and relevant qualifications in auditing, accounting, risk management, legal affairs, and other financial and administrative matters regarding international organizations or the public sector.

As an example, the Committee should have members who, among others, collectively possess recent and relevant experience in the areas listed under "Education" above, as well as knowledge of WIPO and Intellectual Property, experience in committee work and drafting ability.

Applicants will be assessed with respect to their individual skills in the following areas:

-Internal audit
-External Audit
-Audit Committee
-Accounting and IPSAS knowledge
-Risk Management
-Legal Affairs
-Financial and treasury management
-Information Technology
-Intergovernmental Experience
-Human Resources.

The IAOC should collectively possess the following skills and competencies, which applicants will also be expected to demonstrate.

-Intellectual Property technical/specialist knowledge
-Management experience in similarly sized organizations
-Understanding of the wider relevant environments in which the Organization operates, including its objectives, culture and structure
-Detailed knowledge of WIPO's governance
-UN system administrative and management experience at senior level
-Experience in Committee work
-Proven report drafting ability
-International experience

Other criteria to be taken into account in the evaluation of applications will include:


Additional information is available on the mandate and work of the IAOC on the WIPO web site at the following address:

Please include in your application a personal statement explaining the reasons for interest in the position and containing indications about availability and independence, and disclosing any possible conflicts of interest.

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Additional Information:

Applications from qualified women candidates are encouraged.

Allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening.

Disclaimer: The information indicated below (with the exception of information on the application process) does not apply to this vacancy announcement.

**Please refer to WIPO's Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

**The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.

**Initial appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical examination.

**Not applicable for interns and to Individual Contractual Service subscribers.

For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the WIPO internet page at:
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