Associate Program Officer

World intellectual property organization(WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th January, 2015

Job Description

Organizational Context:

  • The position is located in the Global Challenges Division which works within WIPO to address the public policy implications of intellectual property and global issues, notably health, and climate change. Its two multi-stakeholder platforms, WIPO Re:Search (health) and WIPO GREEN (environment), are practical, results-oriented projects that demonstrate the benefits of intellectual property in the search for solutions to major challenges.
  • The incumbent is part of a multi-disciplinary team and supports the responsible officials in managing WIPO Re: Search and WIPO GREEN, particularly relating to the day-to-day management of each project, including tasks such as keeping the information current on the web sites, initiating and maintaining communications with Members and other partners, identifying opportunities for interaction with stakeholders (e.g., conferences, symposia), etc.
  • The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Division.

Main duties:

  • Assist in the development of strategies to improve each platform by carrying out research for instance on relevant stakeholders, the interests and needs of potential new members, or best practices of similar initiatives;
  • Interact with platform users/Members by email or telephone to provide information, resolve issues and provide technical/operational ideas and advice on the platforms;
  • Review databases/websites on an ongoing basis, and compose/amend texts as necessary to keep the information current; report technical problems;
  • Undertake research and analysis as required on IP aspects of current and emerging public policy issues, with a focus on global health and global environment issues;
  • Identify and make proposals on subjects for policy briefs ("Global Challenges Briefs" and "Global Challenges Reports", background materials for meetings and conference calls with external stakeholders, capacity building resources and other related materials on IP aspects of health, climate change and food security for policymakers and other stakeholders; edit reports and other documentation.
  • Undertake other tasks as required.


  • First-level university degree in life or environmental sciences, international relations, intellectual property law or a related field.


  • Essential:At least three years of relevant professional experience in the field of intellectual property policy in an international environment.
  • Desirable:Exposure to the private sector and/or a UN organization, preferably in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, health and/or environmental technologies.


  • Knowledge of current intellectual property and broader public policy issues relating to health and/or climate change.
  • Ability to develop and input website content directly, and keep websites and databases current and accurate.
  • Good time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to deliver rapid analysis and assimilate complex new issues.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and the internet, and the ability to adapt quickly to new software.


  • Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.


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