Associate Program Officer - Tenders Global

Associate Program Officer

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)





1.     Organizational Context





a.    Organizational Setting





The position is located in the Traditional Knowledge Division.  The Division facilitates international negotiations on intellectual property (IP) and genetic resources (GRs), traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) and undertakes a wide range of complementary practical capacity-building activities and skills-development and technical assistance projects for the benefit of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, Member States and regional organizations.





b.    Purpose Statement





The main roles of the incumbent are to assist in the design, planning, organizing and implementing of the skills-development and technical assistance projects of the Division and to contribute towards and coordinate the Division’s outreach and promotional activities.





c.    Reporting Lines





The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Traditional Knowledge Division and/or his delegate.





d.    Work Relations





The incumbent works closely with other WIPO programs and Member States, the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations and other stakeholders, especially Indigenous Peoples as well as local communities.








2.      Duties and Responsibilities





The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:





a.   Prepare programs and materials for national, regional and international briefings and other general awareness-raising activities related to the subjects covered by the Division and make the practical arrangements for and participate in such activities;





b.   Organize and participate in technical assistance projects and practical capacity-building and skills-development programs, such as the Division’s training, mentoring and match-making program for entrepreneurs from Indigenous Peoples as well as local communities;





c.   Assist in designing, planning, promoting and implementing an annual or bi-annual WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Youth;





d.   In collaboration with the Information and Digital Outreach Division (IDOD), assist with overseeing the launch, maintenance and promotion in 2024 of a WIPO Virtual Exhibition on the subjects covered by the Division;





e.   In collaboration with the News and Media Division (NMD), assist with the sourcing, creation and production of content showcasing the Division’s services, projects and activities (such as feature stories, interviews, social media posts, short films and podcasts) for dissemination through WIPO’s corporate communications channels and the Division’s Facebook page and other channels, and manage the Division’s Facebook account, in line with Organization-wide approaches;





f.    In collaboration with the IDOD, on an ongoing basis, produce new and update existing web content for the Division’s webpages on the Internet and Intranet, in line with Organization-wide approaches;





g.   Plan and help prepare regular brief news items related to the Division’s work; design and prepare infographics and presentations as requested; maintain a quarterly schedule of relevant WIPO and other international events, including the annual World IP Day, and propose outreach and promotional activities linked to those events; assist with preparation of materials for Wikipedia; and,





h.   Perform any other duties as may be required in relation to the Division’s activities.








3.      Requirements





Education (Essential)


First-level university degree in law, international relations, development studies, anthropology, sociology, communications or a related field.





Education (Desirable)


Project management certification.





Experience (Essential)


At least three years of professional experience including in designing, organizing and delivering practical capacity-building activities and skills-development and/or technical assistance projects.





Professional experience in creating written and/or audio-visual content for public dissemination, including through social media.





Experience (Desirable)


Experience in managing complex projects.





Experience in working with and for the benefit of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.





Language (Essential)


Good written and spoken knowledge of English.





Language (Desirable)


Good knowledge of written and spoken Spanish.





Knowledge of other United Nations languages.





Job Related Competencies (Essential)


Excellent presentation skills; the ability to engage the attention of audiences and convey complex concepts and ideas in an accessible manner.





Excellent creative writing skills, especially in short-form story telling for dissemination through social media.





Proficiency with IT skills and software used for the creation and generation of written and/or audio-visual content for public dissemination, including through social media.





Sound knowledge of project management.





Understanding of the development concerns and needs in various countries, especially those of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.





Excellent time-management and organizational skills. A structured and organized approach to tasks, including detailed planning ahead and meeting deadlines.





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





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





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





Job Related Competencies (Desirable)


Knowledge of intellectual property law as it relates to TK, TCEs and/or GRs.








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





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 October 2023 rate of 83.3%.







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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





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: 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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