Head, Global Health

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  • Salary:
    € 164,41 - € 201,51
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Healthcare, Management and Strategy
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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


  1. Organizational Setting


The post is located in the Global Challenges Division whose objective is to strengthen WIPO’s position as the leading intergovernmental forum for addressing the intersection between intellectual property and global public policy issues.  The Division engages substantively with other UN and intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, and civil society in order to lead and inform policy deliberations.  Importantly, the Division develops practical contributions to demonstrate in tangible ways the benefits of intellectual property in the search for solutions to major challenges facing humanity, including global health and climate change.


  1. Purpose Statement


The Head of Global Health is part of a multi-disciplinary team focused on global challenges at the intersection of Intellectual Property (IP) and global health.  The incumbent plays a lead role in developing and advancing WIPO’s work in this area by establishing and implementing projects, programs and partnerships that demonstrate the contribution of IP and innovation to addressing key issues of our time and advancing global health goals.


  1. 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.   Conceptualize, design, implement, and manage highly innovative initiatives and projects addressing issues related to global health and access to health technologies where they intersect with IP and innovation systems.  As an authoritative expert, improve methods and systems for the design and evaluation of projects.


b.   Lead, plan and manage the Global Health Unit’s work to ensure the effective management and efficient use of all financial, human and other resources.  Develop planning and budget proposals and activities in conformity with defined objectives.  Assess and ensure individual and team operational performance levels, as well as overall Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the global health portfolio and take action as appropriate.


c.   In collaboration with the Director, develop program strategies related to global health.  Formulate and develop conceptual approaches and policy frameworks for cooperation activities and manage the preparation of related reports.


d.   Assess developments, challenges and issues at the intersection of IP/innovation and global health and provide analysis and advice to the Director on areas presenting an opportunity for further development, taking into account economic, social and political conditions.


e.   Lead proactive engagement with governmental, NGO, industry and other stakeholder groups on global policy challenges related to health, including organizing and leading global-health focused seminars and side events.  Identify and initiate measures to strengthen institutional relations and build sustainable partnerships.


f.    Design and develop processes and mechanisms for improved horizontal collaboration across WIPO as regards work touching on global health issues; coordinate efforts with concerned work units throughout the Organization to share knowledge and identify advocacy and communications opportunities within WIPO’s health-related activities.


g.   Represent the Organization at national, regional, and international meetings.


h.   Supervise staff, consultants, interns and Junior Professional Officers.


i.    Perform other related duties as required.



3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

Advanced university degree in international relations, health, law, regional studies or other relevant discipline. A first-level university degree plus an additional two years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Experience (Essential)

At least ten years of relevant progressive professional experience, of which at least three at the intersection of IP and global health, preferably in both an international and corporate environment. Demonstrated record of establishing and managing multi-sectoral partnerships related to intellectual property and global health issues.


Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Broad understanding of the work of WIPO.


Excellent communication skills including writing and oral presentations; proven ability to communicate technical subject matter in an engaging manner, including to non-specialist policy makers.


Proven ability to provide strategic direction and design and implement projects in the global health innovation space.


Results oriented and forward looking.


Strong interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensibility and respect for diversity.


Proven track-record of positive, people-centered team management.


Excellent understanding of the global health ecosystem, its actors, stakeholders, key policy issues, and main intersections with IP and innovation.


Knowledge of health system building blocks and how IP interfaces with these.


Proven record in successfully managing multi-stakeholder partnerships/initiatives, preferably in IP, global health or health research.


Knowledge of policy processes, legal structures and practices of UN system organizations and organizations dealing with IP-related global health issues.


Proven ability to proactively and rapidly analyze and assimilate complex issues; strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.


Familiarity with pharmaceutical research, drug development and/or Biotech research and development processes.


Proven ability to obtain support and buy-in from senior decision makers and partners.


Sound judgment and integrity.


Job Related Competencies (Desirable)

Experience in relevant private sector industries or other sectors/institutions addressing global health issues.



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 February 2023 rate of 79.7%





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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 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.


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: 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.