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Posting Title:Program Officer
Job Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Skill Required: Project/ Programme Management,
Preferred Experience: 7-10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 31th Jan, 2022

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Program Officer Job Description 

A program officer is an essential part of a foundation or charitable organization. It is up to program officers to supervise program progress and proposals, seek grants, manage projects, and oversee budgets.

The post is located in the IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector (IES). Coordinating with other vertical and horizontal WIPO sectors, IES is responsible for helping Member States develop their IP and Innovation ecosystems to drive enterprise and economic growth.

This Sector is responsible for working with key partners and intermediaries in the innovation ecosystems to provide support to researchers, innovators, and enterprises, including SMEs. Other key focus areas include IP commercialization for business growth, the emergence of IP as an asset class, development of expertise on national IP strategies and related policies, economic analysis on IP and innovation and creativity, strengthening ADR and the services provided by the Arbitration and Mediation Center, and providing technical assistance to the judiciary, as well as services related to the legal databases.

Purpose Statement

The main role of the incumbent is to contribute to the project management, coordination, and advisory expertise, and supporting tools and methodologies and research to assist Member States to develop and implement national IP strategies in the broader context of the country’s national innovation and economic development goals.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Senior Counsellor (National IP Strategies), and under the direction of the Senior Policy Advisor, IP, and Innovation Ecosystems Sector.

Working Relations

The incumbent interacts with colleagues within the Sector, with those in substantive Sectors, and with those in the Regional and National Development Sector (RNDS). Colleagues in RNDS are the key interlocutors with the Member States throughout the process of engaging and developing national IP strategies.

 Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:

  • Program Officer Contribute to the research and preparation of documents and analysis of best practices and policy trends relating to national IP Strategies and broader innovation policies worldwide.
  •  Undertake specific projects relating to the coordination of WIPO input into the process of development, formulation, and implementation of national IP strategies.
  • Program Officer Develop project schedules and consultations plans; gather and edit comments; verify accuracy of the information, and produce final drafts for review.
  • Program Officer Compile information, prepare documentation, and draft reports on the status of preparation and implementation of national IP Strategies; identify problems and propose actions to improve the process for the program.
  • Program Officer Constitute and maintain a repository of knowledge and best practices; including the Methodology for the Development of National IP Strategies and related tools (benchmarking indicators etc.); internal documents and process documents.
  • Program Officer Create and maintain a database of national IP Strategies and related information such as a repository of outside experts; and respond to and coordinate requests for information. Maintain and update information on the website as needed.
  • Program Officer Analyze data, produce reports, and propose adjustments to the methodology, indicators, and processes as required.
  • Program Officer Provide logistical, administrative, and substantive support with regards to the coordination of meetings and contacts with relevant internal and external stakeholders as directed.
  • Program Officer Perform other related duties and projects, as required.


Education (Essential)

  • First-level university degree in law, economics, social sciences, business management, international relations, or another relevant discipline.

Experience (Essential)

  • At least six years of relevant professional experience in the field of innovation and intellectual property.

Experience (Desirable)

  • Experience in contributing to the development of government policies, studies, and analysis in the field of innovation and intellectual property.
  • Experience in a consultancy environment dealing with a range of governmental and non-governmental organizations and the business community.
  • Experience in project management tools and methodologies.
  • Experience in data analysis tools and methodologies.

Language (Essential)

  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Language (Desirable)

  • Good knowledge of any other UN official language.

Job-Related Competencies (Essential)

  • Excellent research and data analytical skills, and the ability to support effective policy-making and program implementation.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail; with the ability to work within strict time constraints and to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communications skills and interpersonal skills, and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office applications, (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.
  • Sound knowledge of project management methodologies.

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 December 2021 rate of 82.5%

Annual salary      $62,120 
Post adjustment      $51,249 
Total Salary      $113,369 
Currency USD

Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.


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