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Associate Program Officer


Associate Program Officer

Development Agenda Coordination Division, Development Sector
Grade - P2
Contract Duration - two years *
Duty Station : CH-Geneva
Publication Date : 27-Jan-2017 Application Deadline : 24-Feb-2017, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational context

The post is located in the Development Agenda Coordination Division (DACD) which is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda.

The Division serves as the Secretariat for the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), and facilitates its work in defining actions for the implementation of the Development Agenda recommendations and review of their implementation. For this purpose, the Division also interfaces with internal and external stakeholders and promotes a better understanding of the WIPO Development Agenda and its benefits.

The incumbent is responsible for contributing to the implementation of the Development Agenda and its mainstreaming of related programs and activities including supporting the organization of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP).

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Division.




First-level university degree in development studies, economics, international relations, law or a related discipline.


Specialization in IP law.



At least three years' relevant professional experience including experience obtained at the international level.

Experience in supporting intergovernmental negotiations, developing plans and coordinating and implementing decisions at an international level.


Experience in the field of IP and / or IP and development.

Project management experience.



Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.


Knowledge of other official UN languages, particularly French and Spanish.

Job-related competencies


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.

Excellent research and analytical skills and the ability to support effective policy making.

Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to work within strict time constraints and to meet deadlines.

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


Candidates appointed to an international position with WIPO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

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 January 2017 rate of 76.5%

Annual salary $46,026
Post adjustment $35,210
Total Salary $81,236
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 4.9.4.

Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged.

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.