Job Description

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1.     Organizational Context


  1. Organizational Setting


The post is located in the Distance Learning Program of the WIPO Academy. The WIPO Academy plays a central role in WIPO's activities to enhance the capacity of countries to use the intellectual property (IP) system and adopts an interdisciplinary approach to IP education focusing on its links with trade, innovation, health, applied sciences, information technology and creative industries. The portfolio of courses on IP caters to different target audiences: inventors and creators, business managers and IP professionals, policy makers and government officials of IP institutions, diplomats, students and teachers of IP and the civil society.


  1. Purpose Statement


The WIPO Distance Learning (DL) Program provides easy access to updated and relevant IP knowledge in all fields of IP. To achieve this, it runs each year an average of 330 general and advanced Training Courses for the benefit of more than 100,000 persons worldwide. The courses cover the basics of IP rights (history, definitions and scope of protection), their economic rationale, international sources of IP law, and the international protection of IP and landmark judicial cases. This includes in the area of IP, the global IP services offered by WIPO to industry current developments and best practices in strategic management of IP rights, and address SME's, youth, and women through specific programs. The courses are offered in several languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese, and customized to more national and local languages.


  1. Reporting Lines


The incumbent reports to the Head of the Distance Learning Program, and is under the overall supervision of the Executive Director of the WIPO Academy, Regional and National Development Sector.


  1. Work Relations


The Training Development Officer will oversee the research, development, integration and customization of thematic projects designed to support the learning needs of wide-ranging target audience in particular the private sector, women, and youth in developing countries, least-developed countries and countries in transition. The program supports WIPO’s mission to ensure a world where IP is a catalyst for innovation, and creativity for the benefit of everyone.



2.     Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:


a.  Conceptualize, develop and implement WIPO Academy’s strategic integration of IP knowledge in crosscutting themes targeting specific sectors and audiences using eLearning.


b.  Assist in the implementation, planning, delivery, Administration, customization and evaluation of the distance learning courses; follow-up the work of consultants as defined by the WIPO DL Program.


c.  Design, develop and bring to scale collaborative and customizable distance learning projects in developing countries through research-informed pilot activities; methodically facilitate and drive the integration of IP knowledge and skills in various economic sectors to enhance IP knowledge among targeted groups.


d.  Assist in the Coordination of agreements and memorandums of understanding with international organizations and the private sector to enhance IP knowledge specifically among varied target audiences.


e.  Develop a comprehensive IP training and education outreach and networking strategy in partnership with relevant stakeholders and partners in international organizations, national IP Offices and academic institutions.


f.   Assist in the implementation of monitoring and evaluation strategies and report data driven impact Analysis with a focus on specific target audiences (e.g. business community and SME’s, policy makers, women, youth, diplomats, judges, IP practitioners).


g.  Support backstopping Member States in developing countries, least-developed countries and countries in transition to obtain standard setting approaches for the integration of IP knowledge in formal, non-formal and informal national and local education strategies using the distance learning courses.


h.  Maintain awareness of current IP training methodologies and activities; promote and advocate education policy considerations in specific subject areas, country/region particularly related to youth and women.


i.   Prepare analytical reports, studies, background papers on IP education and eLearning, project proposals, and planning documents; develop and maintain reference/resource information on specific topics or education policy-related issues.


j.   Implement meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops and special events with international partners; provide executive support to senior members of the Program; deliver technical assistance or other missions.



3.     Requirements


Education (Essential)

First-level university degree in management, operations, development, law, international relations, education or related field.


Experience (Essential)

At least six years of professional experience in the development and management of IP eLearning projects preferably online, blended, mobile and other disruptive methods.


Experience in using eLearning platform, and working in multicultural and multilingual environment and customizing eLearning content with subject matter and pedagogical experts.


Hands on professional experience in the areas of Capacity Building working with various target audiences including SME’s, women and youth.


Demonstrable experience developing and implementing process improvements.


Experience with agile techniques of project management and work with technical and substantive teams.


Language (Essential)

Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.


Language (Desirable)

Working knowledge of French.


Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Strong Data Management and processing capability and outstanding communication and report writing skills.


Demonstrable skills in planning, delivery, evaluating handling all operational support capacity including in technical assistance/cooperation, capacity building or development.


Strong ability to manage tasks in an independent manner while delivering high quality online and hybrid training on time.


Highly organized with strong sense of ownership and attention to detail.


Ability to handle multiple priorities in an energizing environment.


Excellent stakeholder management skills.


Strong competency in evaluating new e-Learning delivery technologies and implementing updates adapting to technologies ensuring that best practices duly supported for developing country.


Analytical and problem-solving skills.


Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.


Competent user of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and the ability to work with databases and other content authoring and information Management Systems (such as Moodie, Opinio, Articulate Storyline, Scenari) and adapt quickly to new software.


Job Related Competencies (Desirable)

Strong sense of customer-orientation with the ability to listen to clients and see the bigger picture.


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 December 2022 rate of 83.2%





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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: 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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