Program Officer , WIPO , Geneva

$118,816 - $159,212 / YEAR Expired 4 days ago
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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 Academic Institutions and Executive Program of the WIPO Academy, Regional and National Development Sector (RNDS).





The WIPO Academy is the core entity in WIPO for training and capacity-building activities, particularly for developing countries, Least-Developed Countries (LDCs) and countries with economies in transition. The Academy acts as an in-house center of excellence on training, including professional training; a catalyst for networks and partnerships to expand the range and impact of training opportunities at the national level; an open-access on-line clearing house of information on all WIPO training activities, tools and services; and a hub of virtual network of partners, experts and teachers in development-oriented IP training. Beneficiaries of the WIPO Academy services include decision-makers, government officials, members of national intellectual property offices and societies for collective management of copyright and related rights, intellectual property practitioners, academics, students and other stakeholders.



Job Summary:



The incumbent is responsible for implementing and monitoring the delivery of the WIPO Summer School Program and Executive Program, which are some of the key programmatic activities of the Academic Institutions, and for the design and management of the annual global program of Summer Schools that take place each year.





c.    Reporting Lines





The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the Academic Institutions and Executive Program of the WIPO Academy.








d.    Work Relations





The incumbent collaborates with external partners and colleagues in relevant Divisions within WIPO to ensure the successful delivery of the Summer Schools in an effective and efficient manner and in compliance with all relevant WIPO Regulations and Rules.




The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:





a.  Prepare, manage and monitor the Workplan for the Academic Institutions and Executive Program as related to the WIPO Summer School Program;





b.  Develop policy guidelines and operational modalities for incorporation in Partnership Agreements for all partners involved in respective Summer Schools;





c.  Identify and recommend further improvements to the Summer School Program in terms of effectiveness and efficiency;





d.  Represent the WIPO Academy at selected Summer Schools and deliver presentations on the work of WIPO and the WIPO Academy;





e.  Coordinate arrangements with senior Government counterparts or senior officials from partner institutions and universities and conducting meetings with senior officials of partner institutions to agree on the organization of the programs;





f.   Manage requests for new Summer School Programs and, when accepted, implement the new Program and manage the resources required to ensure they remain within existing budgets and comply with all relevant WIPO Policies, Regulations and Rules;





g.  Ensure the effective and efficient administration of all Summer Schools including the following duties: drafting of programs; all aspects related to hiring the services of IP experts/lecturers; ensuring that all the administrative arrangements for the WIPO Summer Schools are implemented effectively, on time and within budget;





h.  Supervise the work of the support staff required during peak periods of implementation of the Summer Schools, as well as nominated class representatives;





i.   Evaluate feedback from participants to support continuous improvements to the program;





j.   Perform other related duties as required.







Education (Essential)


First-level university degree in business administration, political science, law, management, social science or a related discipline.





Experience (Essential)


At least six years of relevant professional experience, including experience in the field of technical cooperation, technical assistance or administering of training programs.





Experience in an international environment.





Experience (Desirable)


Experience in administering training programs or courses in the field of intellectual property.





Language (Essential)


Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.





Language (Desirable)


Good knowledge of another official UN language.





Job Related Competencies (Essential)


Excellent organizational and time management skills.





Excellent presentation skills.





Familiarity with the work and processes of an international organization.





Ability to build effective networks working across all levels of seniority.





Competent user of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and the internet, and the ability to work with databases and adapt quickly to new systems and software.





Client-oriented with the ability to deliver accurate and consistent client services in a timely manner.





Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.





Excellent drafting skills and ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.





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.








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





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.





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 May 2024 rate of 85.9%







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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





* 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.










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: 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.

WORK HOURS: 8 Hours a Day


Geneva, Switzerland
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