This post is a limited-term fixed-term post.*
This post is located in Geneva. However, requests for a home-based recruitment may be considered. Should the selected candidate be based in a location other than Geneva, the remuneration, allowances, and other entitlements will be adjusted accordingly.
1. Organizational Context
The post is located in the External Systems Development Section of the PCT Information Systems Division. The Section delivers software development and maintenance for a portfolio of business applications which operate externally at WIPO to support the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), a highly successful patents filing Treaty.
The main role of the incumbent is to interpret business requirements emanating from the Treaty, to analyze, propose and manage medium-sized, internally and externally resourced, projects designed to implement ICT solutions to meet identified business needs, acquiring and utilizing the necessary resources and skills, within agreed parameters of cost, timescales, and quality.
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head, External Systems Development Section.
S/he works closely with key stakeholders within PCT Information Systems Division, PCT Operations Division, PCT Business Development Division, PCT International Cooperation Division and liaises with Security and Information Assurance Division and the ICT Department to ensure coordination relating to infrastructure, architecture and security matters. The incumbent also works in close cooperation with external providers.
2. Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:
a. Perform consultations on business requirements with key stakeholders including member states, large filers and 3rd party software vendors;
b. Perform technical analysis of business requirements to produce software specifications for major PCT applications;
c. Oversee development and support activities for a number of high profile, highly sensitive information systems projects, including projects with global impact, affecting business processes internally and externally for PCT users (applicants, inventors and Patent Offices around the world);
d. In collaboration with users and senior developers convert business requirements into technical designs and architectural specifications;
e. Manage the project team of contractors and external suppliers to deliver the technical system to support the project, including testing and maintenance operations undertaken by staff and external contractor resources distributed between WIPO headquarter and multiple off-shore development centers;
f. Interact with WIPO support team for project related support activities such as application deployment to production;
g. Provide expert level support and guidance to production support team as required;
h. Perform other related duties as required.
Advanced university degree in computer science, or a related discipline. A first-level university degree in one of the aforementioned disciplines plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the years of experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Project management certification (such as Prince 2, Agile, CMMI).
Technical certification (such as AWS Certified Developer, AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Oracle Java Certified Programmer, CSSLP).
At least seven years of relevant experience managing and provisioning highly confidential and secure ICT systems involving sensitive information.
Extensive experience leading projects in a distributed, multivendor environment.
Practical experience in at least three of the following areas: project management, software development methodologies, contract & vendor management, information security, automated testing, disaster recovery and business continuity management, localization.
At least five years of technical experience in the area of Intellectual Property, preferably PCT.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
Good knowledge of other PCT publication languages, particularly French.
Job Related Competencies (Essential)
Knowledge of project management, particularly in multi-supplier projects and project teams.
Extensive knowledge of the business and administrative procedures of the PCT systems.
Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with technical, legal and operational staff at different levels, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Thorough knowledge of the following technical fields: Java, Web development, Software Development Life Cycle and DevOps practices and tools, information systems security, authentication, internet standards and XML, relational databases.
Job Related Competencies (Desirable)
Good knowledge of quality management standards.
4. Organizational Competencies
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.
Please note that the below estimate is for information only, on the assumption that the candidate will be based in Geneva.
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. The post adjustment multiplier is variable and subject to change (increase or decrease) without notice. The figures quoted below are based on the January 2024 Geneva post adjustment rate of 92.6%.
For Geneva-based staff, salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official United Nations exchange rate.
Should the selected candidate be based in another location, the remuneration, allowances, and other entitlements will be adjusted accordingly.
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”).
The competition for 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 (“Reserve Lists”).
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://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.