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Vacancy Announcement No: WIPO/13/P5/FT097
Grade: P5
Appointment/Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration:  two years *
Publication Date: 18 October 2013
Application Deadline: 15 November 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Organizational Unit: WIPO Academy
WIPO Academy, Development Sector
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Post Number: X083
Organizational Context:

The post is located in the Office of the Executive Director for the WIPO Academy and IP Human Capital Development.

The WIPO Academy plays a central role in WIPO's activities to enhance the capacity of countries to use the intellectual property (IP) system and adopts an interdisciplinary approach to IP education focusing on its links with trade, innovation, health, applied sciences, information technology and creative industries. The portfolio of courses on IP caters to different target audiences: inventors and creators, business managers and IP professionals, policy makers and government officials of IP institutions, diplomats, students and teachers of IP and the civil society.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director for the WIPO Academy and IP Human Capital Development, the incumbent supports the management of the WIPO Academy and contributes to the overall direction and oversight of its work and activities in light of its planned reform. The incumbent further advises on and contributes to the planning and execution of the programs of the WIPO Academy.
Main duties:

The incumbent performs the following principal duties:

(a) Provide advice to the Executive Director and develop strategies on managerial, policy and programmatic aspects in relation to the reform of the WIPO Academy.

(b) Provide expert advice to the Executive Director and develop strategies on the establishment of an Organization-wide suite of capacity building and training programs and coordinate its implementation.

(c) Play a leading role in strategic engagement with stakeholders. Initiate, develop and maintain contacts with governments and partner institutions in relation to the activities of the WIPO Academy with a view to promote partnerships and donor support. Advise the Executive Director on new partnerships to be established by the WIPO Academy.

(d) Initiate, negotiate and monitor cooperation agreements with partners. Prepare agreements, reports, studies, guides and working documents related to the activities of the WIPO Academy.

(e) Represent the Organization at meetings and conferences convened by Member States or other organizations and advocate WIPO policy. Provide advice and recommendations on specific aspects of IP education.

(f) Draft the WIPO Academy and IP Human Capacity Development workplan and budget and set performance indicators and standards in collaboration with the Executive Director of the Academy. Monitor the implementation of the budget and workplan and prepare program performance reports and strategic plans.

(g) Plan, organize and lead seminars, training courses, workshops etc. on IP education, including preparation of documents and delivery of lectures.

(h) Perform any other related duties as required.

WIPO Core Competencies

1. Communicating effectively.
2. Respecting individual and cultural differences.
3. Showing team spirit.
4. Managing yourself.
5. Producing results.
6. Embracing change.
7. Respecting ethics and values.

WIPO Managerial Competencies

1. Creating a stimulating work environment.
2. Planning and managing resources.
3. Promoting change, innovation and learning.
4. Building and promoting partnerships.


Advanced university degree in international relations, development studies or related discipline. A first-level university degree plus two years of experience in addition to the experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least 12 years of professional experience in international relations of which at least five have been spent in multilateral cooperation in relation to intellectual property. Experience in the initiation, negotiation and monitoring of cooperation agreements. Experience in the design and implementation of training programs.


Experience with and understanding of Results-Based Management.


Excellent analytical and decision-making skills.

Excellent planning and organizational skills and ability to adjust to a fast evolving work environment.

Sound judgment and capacity to work well with a range of diverse actors and stakeholders.

Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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

Confident user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the Internet.


Excellent knowledge of English and French including excellent drafting skills.


Knowledge of Arabic or Russian.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
80,734 USD
86,904 USD (with primary dependants)
Post adjustment: 104.9 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
Additional Information:

Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

* 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.

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

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

Applications from qualified women candidates are encouraged.

**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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