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Head - 18244-FT

Section for Caucasian, Central Asian and Eastern European Countries, Department for Transition and Developed Countries (TDC), Office of the Director General and Related Programs
Grade - P4
Contract Duration - 2 years *
Duty Station : CH-Geneva
Publication Date : 03-Aug-2018 Application Deadline : 31-Aug-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 Section for Caucasian, Central Asian and Eastern European Countries in the Department for Transition and Developed Countries (TDC). The TDC acts as support for improving the participation of Central European and Baltic States and Mediterranean Countries, Central Asian, Eastern European and Caucasian Countries, and Developed Countries, in the international IP system in order to realize the social and economic benefits deriving from innovation and creativity. The TDC also coordinates promotion and delivery of WIPO services and programs, implements programs of support for universities, research institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) improve their capacity to use the IP system and manage their IP assets, and is responsible for the design, development and implementation of WIPO's strategy and initiatives for engagement with accredited NGOs, other non-governmental stakeholders, industry groups and representatives of the enterprise sector.

The TDC areas of activity are covered by four Sections and one Division: the Section for Central European and Baltic States and Mediterranean Countries, the Section for Caucasian, Central Asian and Eastern European Countries, the Section for Coordination of Developed Countries, the Non-Governmental Organizations and Industry Relations Section and the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Division (SESD). TDC is also in charge of the WIPO Office in the Russian Federation (WRO).

b. Purpose Statement
The incumbent is required to manage the team and advise on and play a lead role in the development and implementation of the Organization's cooperation programs with regard to the promotion of the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in Caucasian, Central Asian and Eastern European Countries.

c. Reporting Lines
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of TDC.

d. Work Relations
The incumbent works in close cooperation with the staff of the Department and maintains close contacts with other work units throughout the Organization, as well as representatives from the countries under the supervision of the Section.



Advanced university degree in law, economics or international relations or other 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.

Project management certification (PRINCE2, PMP or equivalent).


At least seven years of professional experience in the field of international relations and intellectual property.

Development of the relevant education aiming at increasing the knowledge considering the fast changing IP landscape.


Excellent knowledge of English and Russian.

Knowledge of French and other official UN languages.

Knowledge of languages spoken in the countries of the regions.

Job Related Competencies,

Excellent managerial skills and proven ability to provide leadership and to motivate and train staff.

Sound political judgement and capacity to work well with a range of actors including WIPO stakeholders.

Ability to represent the Organization and to provide authoritative (both policy and technical) advice and guidance.

Demonstrated analytical and conceptual skills.

Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Ability to cultivate innovation and manage change. Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives and accountability in delivering results.

Ability to assess risks and factor in contingencies when planning.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

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

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

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.


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. 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 August 2018 rate of 71.9%

Annual salary $70,647
Post adjustment $50,795
Total Salary $121,442
Currency USD

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.