World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Director (Division for Transition and Developed Countries)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Job Description

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 Division for Transition and Developed Countries, Regional and National Development Sector.

The Division provides and manages the Organization’s policy studies, Advisory Services, Capacity Building and technical assistance programs for transition and developed countries (TDC) at the regional, sub-regional and inter-regional levels, in Coordination with other Sectors of the Organization.

  1. Purpose Statement
The incumbent is responsible for managing and providing oversight and quality control of the Division’s activities, with the aim of ensuring the timely, effective and efficient achievement of the expected results, in accordance with the Program and Budget, annual work plans and related performance indicators and targets.

The Director serves as the primary interface for providing advice and contributing to the impactful implementation of the Organization's objective of supporting the use of intellectual property (IP) as a tool for growth and development in transition and developed countries.

  1. Reporting Lines
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Regional and National Development Sector.

  1. Work Relations
The incumbent maintains a wide range of relationships with strategic partners, including government organizations, permanent delegations, IP offices, academic institutions, NGOs, IGOs and the private sector.

2.      Duties and Responsibilities The incumbent will perform the following principal duties: a.   Lead work to strengthen WIPO’s political engagement with government authorities by providing expert advice and relevant information on the economic, social and cultural contexts of TDC countries, with a special focus on their IP and innovation ecosystems; b.   Lead the Division's portfolio of work and have overall responsibility for the management of its human and financial resources, identifying priorities and allocating resources for the timely and quality delivery of work products; develop and periodically review work plans, budgets, project plans and strategies within a results-based framework; c.   Support the DDG in the management of the Organization's development assistance in the TDC’s countries, based on the implementation of projects adapted to the needs of the countries, delivered through a partnership approach and focused on impact; d.   Manage and contribute to key issues relating to the design, development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of IP policies, national IP strategies, country plans and development cooperation programs, in line with WIPO's Results-based Management framework; e.   Work towards the continuous strengthening of horizontal cooperation in the field of IP and innovation among TDCs and between TDCs and other regions; f.    Establish effective coordination mechanisms between TDC Division and other parts of WIPO to ensure the delivery of relevant and impactful technical assistance; g.   Build strong links with stakeholders with a view to take IP to public policies and to business strategies; support and propose strategies to disseminate the importance of IP for the creation of value for everyone in the transition and developed countries; h.   Represent the Organization and participate in various regional, sub-regional and/or national forums, meetings and seminars; i.    Perform other duties as necessary. 3.      Requirements Education (Essential) Advanced university degree in science, engineering, law, economics, humanities, business, accountancy, international relations, development studies or related discipline.  A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience (Essential) At least 15 years' progressively responsible professional experience in the field of intellectual property and policy-making, diplomacy, international cooperation, development or related area.

Experience with and knowledge of the social, economic and legal systems of one or several sub-regions covering TDC countries.

Proven experience leading and managing teams.

Experience (Desirable) Experience with results-based management.

Experience in developing and implementing National IP strategies.

Experience or familiarity with the Administration of national or regional IP offices and/or the development of national or regional innovation ecosystems.

Language (Essential) Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Language (Desirable) Knowledge of other official UN languages.

Job Related Competencies (Essential) Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Excellent people and Resource Management skills.

Sound judgment and diplomatic skills.

Strong analytical and decision-making skills.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet and the ability to quickly adjust to new technology.

Job Related Competencies (Desirable) National or regional level policy planning, formulation and implementation.

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 July 2021 rate of 83.6%.

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 one year, 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: 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.
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