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Senior Software Architect
The post is located in the Product Development Section of the IP Office Business Solutions Division. This section is responsible for the design, development and support of complex software applications that are used by IP Offices worldwide for IP administration and to provide online services to their users. The software applications are customized to support the business processes of the IP Offices and are deployed primarily in developing countries.(b) Purpose Statement
The incumbent is responsible for the architectural design and development strategies to deliver the software applications.(c) Reporting Lines
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the Product Development Section.(d) Work Relations
The incumbent works in close coordination with other members of the division and other sectors of the Organization.
Advanced university degree in information technology or other related fields. A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant professional experience as mentioned below may be acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.
At least nine years of professional experience in the provision of information services, including at least three years of managing the design, development and deployment of IT systems, reviewing development and testing work carried out by both onsite and offshore teams.
Experience in provision of technical assistance in developing countries.
Excellent knowledge of English.
Knowledge of other United Nations languages.
Knowledge of the business and administrative procedures of national/regional IP institutions.
Significant experience in project management, particularly in managing multi-national projects and project teams.
Extensive knowledge of Java, Web and XML technologies and methodologies including Java Enterprise Architecture, multi-tier Java implementation technologies, SQL and database design and implementation technologies, Agile software development methodology.
Excellent analytical, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work under multicultural environment with technical, legal and operational staff at different levels.
Good knowledge of project management methodologies or experience in supervising external contractors.
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.
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 November 2017 rate of 72.3%
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.
* 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.