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Chief Information Officer
This post is located in the Information and Communications Technology Department (ICTD) of the Administration and Management Sector.
As WIPO’s most senior technology executive, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) provides leadership and vision for the transformation of the Organization’s information and communication technology systems and structures, with a focus on service excellence, quality, efficiency and integration.
The incumbent is responsible for developing the organization-wide ICT strategy in coordination with all internal technology groups, leading the day-to-day operations of the ICT Department, advising WIPO senior management on technology matters and suggesting innovative solutions that will enhance WIPO’s ability to serve its clients and staff and to control ICT-related costs. The CIO will closely collaborate with the business stakeholders and leaders of internal (federated) ICT teams to ensure world-class service from ICTD, streamline operations, coordinate with the leaders/stakeholders of WIPO’s business services and develop the standards, policies and architectures necessary to develop and operate ICT for WIPO.
The CIO is expected to play a persuasive role and to scale up his / her business influence, guiding senior management and business leaders on how to thrive in a fast-changing technology and business environment.
The incumbent will report to the Assistant Director General for Administration and Management and be accountable to the Information Technology Board (ITB).
An advanced university degree in computer science, information technology or a related discipline. A first-level degree in a relevant discipline plus two years’ relevant experience in addition to the experience requested below may be considered in lieu of the advanced university degree.
An advanced university degree in business management. Recognized certifications in state-of-the art IT-related subjects, including project management, ICT service models (such as ITIL), etc.
At least 15 years’ relevant professional experience, including a minimum of seven years’ managerial experience and a minimum five years’ experience in a senior role in the IT department of an international organization or multinational company.
Demonstrated record of successfully transforming ICT teams to high-functioning and customer-oriented groups that are aligned with and responsive to their organization’s business requirements and strategy.
Experience working in a federated ICT environment.
Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.
Knowledge of French.
Job Related Competencies
Excellent leadership, people and resource management skills, with the proven ability to lead and motivate in a federated environment.
Strong analytical and decision-making skills.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, with the ability to “translate” IT-related subjects so that they are understood, in broad terms, by non-IT business stakeholders; and persuade others towards positive results with or without the line of command.
Strong change and project management skills, with the ability to increase the capacity and resilience of the Organization to embrace and adapt to change and to devise and follow a structured transformation process.
Ability to establish technical and business credibility and work effectively with business leaders, ICT leaders, technical staff, and clients, including senior management.
Ability to demonstrate to stakeholders the value of ICT solutions for their business requirements.
Ability to understand the operational and strategic requirements of an international organization.
Ability to develop tactical and strategic plans to apply technology appropriately to meet organization business requirements and strategies.
Ability to represent WIPO’s ICT approach and structure to other organizations credibly and effectively.
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 March 2018 rate of 80.5%
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.