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Senior Legal Officer


Senior Legal Officer - 17220-FT

Procurement and Travel Division, Administration and Management Sector
Grade - P4
Contract Duration - 2 years *
Duty Station : CH-Geneva
Publication Date : 09-Oct-2017
Application Deadline : 06-Nov-2017, 10:59:00 PM
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE: please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local date and time.

Organizational context

The position is located in the Procurement and Travel Division (PTD) of the Administration and Management Sector.

The Division is responsible for the procurement of general supplies, equipment, furniture, consumables and professional services provided by private commercial entities, for carrying out tendering processes and the establishment and administration of contractual agreements as well as for the purchase of goods and/or services to support WIPO's various programs in Geneva and in WIPO Member States. The Division also handles all travel administration for WIPO staff members and third party travelers, as well as contracts with individuals.

The incumbent advises work units on all legal aspects pertaining to the procurement of goods and services in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations, and provides advice on contracts with individuals and travel and mission-related activities.

The incumbent reports to the Director of the Division and to the High Level Officer for Procurement (HLOP) for specific assignments.



Advanced university degree in law, preferably with an emphasis on commercial international law. A first-level university degree in law plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the experience requested below may be acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.


Nine years of professional legal experience in international law including in drafting complex contracts based on service level agreements or key performance indicators, obtained in an international environment.
Experience in drafting contracts for IT services.
Experience in drafting procedures and regulatory frameworks.

Practical experience in public or private procurement.
Experience in drafting commercial contracts in the latest IT technologies or services such as Cloud or managed services.
Experience in Swiss commercial law (Code des obligations).
Experience in building/construction contracts.
Experience in risk management.
Experience in service in the capacity of Secretary of key committees.


Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other.

Excellent knowledge of both English and French. Ability to work in other UN languages.

Job-Related Competencies

Excellent legal drafting and attention to detail.
Excellent negotiation skills, business acumen and commercial awareness.
Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with an ability to prioritize and to meet deadlines.
High level of client-orientation.
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.
Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet and ability to quickly adapt to new software.


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 October 2017 rate of 76.6%

 Annual salary   $70,647
 Post adjustment  $54,116
 Total Salary  $124,763
 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.