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Senior Program Officer - 18152-TA

Global Challenges Division, Department for Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges, Global Issues Sector
Grade - P4
Contract Duration - 1 year
Duty Station : CH-Geneva
Publication Date : 23-May-2018 Application Deadline : 13-Jun-2018, 11:59:00 PM
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE: please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local date and time.

Organizational Context

a. 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. It develops practical contributions to demonstrate the benefits of intellectual property in the search for solutions to major challenges facing humanity, including global health, climate change, biodiversity and food security.

b. Purpose Statement

The incumbent is part of a multi-disciplinary team and advises, guides and supports the responsible officials in managing WIPO GREEN, particularly relating to its network and matchmaking activities etc.

c. Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director, Global Challenges Division, Department for Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges, Global Issues Sector.



Advanced university degree in life or environmental sciences, engineering, business management or a related field. A first-level university degree plus an additional two years of relevant professional experience in addition to the essential experience mentioned below may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


At least seven years of relevant professional experience in the field of intellectual property/innovation, technology development and transfer.

Experience working in the field of global environment/climate change/green technologies, including technology needs in developing countries.

Project management experience.

Experience with business transactions.

Experience in an international environment. Exposure to the private sector and/or a UN organization.

Knowledge of Information Technology (IT) development and processes, including those associated with running a database and technology business development.


Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.

Knowledge of other official UN languages.

Job Related Competencies

Network and project management skills.

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.

Knowledge of current intellectual property and broader public policy issues relating to climate change.

Good time management and organizational skills.

Ability to deliver rapid analysis and assimilate complex new issues.

Dynamic, can-do attitude and innovative thinking.

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


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. The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. The figures quoted below are based on the May 2018 rate of 72.0%.

Annual salary
Post adjustment
Total Salary
Currency USD

Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations
(not applicable for the External Offices).

Please refer to WIPO's Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Additional Information

Temporary appointments are renewable, subject to continuing needs, availability of budget and satisfactory performance with a maximum cumulative length of two years.

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.