Job Description

Organizational context Organizational SettingThe post is located in the WIPO Singapore Office. The WIPO Singapore Office is part of a network of WIPO External Offices that add clear value, efficiency and effectiveness to the delivery of WIPO’s programs, in line with its Strategic Goals and Results Framework, in a coordinated and complimentary way with WIPO Headquarters.   Purpose StatementThe Director of the WIPO Singapore Office is responsible for managing the human and Financial Resources of the Office, providing strategic guidance for the activities of the Office in line with the broader strategic settings of WIPO, conceptualizing and ensuring the implementation of an effective work plan for the Office, providing effective Coordination and cooperation with the host government, engaging with other stakeholders throughout the ASEAN region, including other elements of the UN System, and maximizing communications opportunities to promote public understanding of intellectual property, WIPO’s work and its Global IP Services as well as the work of the Office.   Reporting LinesThe Director of the WIPO Singapore Office works under the supervision of the Assistant Director General and Chief of Staff. Work RelationsThe Director of the WIPO Singapore Office liaises closely with the Overall Coordinator of WIPO External Offices, the Assistant Director General and Chief of Staff, to ensure consistency in the activities of the WIPO External Office network and coherence and efficiency in its operation.  The Director also liaises closely with the WIPO Regional Bureau for Asia and The Pacific to ensure coordinated delivery of mandate implementation activities in the ASEAN region. Duties and responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

(a)   Direct and lead the activities of the WIPO Singapore Office to ensure effective and efficient program delivery.  In particular, ensure the implementation of activities to facilitate the use of IP for development, promote the use of WIPO’s databases, tools and platforms, and promote the use of WIPO’s Global IP Services.

(b)   Engage with senior Singapore Government officials to implement projects under the memorandum on joint cooperation activities.

(c)   Analyze needs and trends in the ASEAN region and undertake strategic planning for the Office in accordance with the Strategic Goals of the Organization and its Program and Budget.  Prepare annual workplans for the Office.

(d)   Effectively and efficiently manage the human and financial resources of the Office.  Identify key risks to program delivery and Resource Management and ensure they are managed and mitigated.

(e)   Provide administrative support for the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in Singapore.

(f)    Ensure effective coordination and cooperation with all Sectors and units across the WIPO Secretariat so that program delivery is efficient, coherent and non-duplicative.

(g)   Ensure effective coordination and cooperation with non-governmental stakeholders in the ASEAN region (industry and industry organizations, non-governmental organizations etc.).

(h)   Ensure effective coordination and cooperation with the United Nations System organizations within the Office’s jurisdiction, as required, and with the ASEAN Secretariat.

(i)    Ensure effective coordination and cooperation with other providers of IP technical assistance in the ASEAN region to ensure coherent and non-duplicative program delivery.

(j)    Perform other related duties as required.




Advanced university degree in international relations, law, economics, public Administration, management or other relevant field.  A first-level university degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.



At least 15 years of relevant and progressively responsible experience, including in the fields of public administration or management.

Minimum three years of experience working in an ASEAN country.


Experience working with the United Nations or another intergovernmental organization.

Experience leading or working in a sub-office of an organization in the field.

Experience working in the field of intellectual property, including with a national intellectual property office.



Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.


Knowledge of other UN official languages or of languages spoken in the ASEAN region.

Job related competencies


Excellent diplomatic, representation and communication skills, including in an international context.

Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks, conceptualize new approaches and promote new ideas.

Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently manage human and financial resources.

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

Excellent organizational skills.

Excellent drafting skills.

Sound judgement; ability to quickly assess complex and fast-moving situations and developments and provide targeted and innovative advice.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.

Discretion and integrity.


Knowledge of the ASEAN region, its intellectual property infrastructure and related issues.

Knowledge of intellectual property issues and developments, particularly at the international level.

Knowledge of WIPO’s strategic priorities, implementation constraints and opportunities.

Knowledge of the UN System and its procedures.

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.


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 March 2020 rate of 74.9%
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