Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Position: Legal Officer with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva (Deadline: Oct. 14, 2013)

Here's one for the IP-interested folks.  Job is with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) is in Geneva. (It appears that the salary comes with a 99% cost-of-living bump-up on top of the advertised salary.)

Vacancy Announcement No: WIPO/13/P3/FT084
Grade: P3
Appointment/Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Duration: two years *
Publication Date: 9 September 2013
Application Deadline: 14 October 2013
Organizational Unit: Building Respect for IP Division
Global Issues Sector
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Post Number: 1143

Organizational Context:

The position is located in the Building Respect for IP Division, in the Global Issues Sector. Within the context of WIPO Strategic Goal VI, this Division is responsible for fostering international cooperation among Member States and other stakeholders to build respect for IP and to enforce IP rights in the interest of social-economic development and consumer protection. With this aim, the Division, inter alia, facilitates international policy dialogue on building respect for IP, including in cooperation with other relevant international organizations, and provides assistance to Member States in the areas of legislation, training and awareness-raising. The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Building Respect for IP Division.
Main duties:

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

(a) Undertake legal research related to IP enforcement, including from a comparative law perspective and draft documents, case-law compilations, papers, guides, newsletters and other materials to be published by the Division;

(b) In preparation of WIPO meetings on building respect for IP, including the Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE), prepare initial drafts, revise and analyze texts, and perform required editing. Coordinate commissioned studies and presentations;

(c) In support of the Division's technical assistance to Members States in the field of IP enforcement, perform legal research in the field of IP enforcement, analyze Member States existing laws including their civil and criminal procedures and remedies, initiate discussions with them, prepare draft provisions on the enforcement of IPR, and/or assist Member States to revise or to draft their laws;

(d) In support of WIPO training programs, workshops and conferences on building respect for IP, prepare draft programs based on the needs of Member States, draft curricula and information papers, conduct training sessions and deliver presentations;

(e) Keep abreast of developments and initiatives in other national, regional and international organizations that carry out activities in the field of building respect for IP, represent the Division in their meetings as required and participate in the Division's contributions to the activities of such partner organizations;

(f) Draft briefing notes, internal reports and administrative documents for the Division;

(g) Perform other related duties as required.

WIPO Core Competencies

1. Communicating effectively.
2. Respecting individual and cultural differences.
3. Showing team spirit.
4. Managing yourself.
5. Producing results.
6. Embracing change.
7. Respecting ethics and values.

University degree in law, preferably with a specialization in intellectual property law.


At least six years of relevant professional work experience in the area of law, preferably in intellectual property law.


Court experience would be an advantage.

Excellent analytical and legal drafting skills.

Good communication skills with the ability to convey legal and policy concepts clearly in written and oral form.

Organizational skills with the ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure and to respect deadlines.

Team spirit and ease in working in a multicultural environment.


Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken), including ability to draft legal texts.


Good working knowledge of French or Spanish. Knowledge of other UN languages would be an advantage.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
56,091 USD
60,091 USD (with primary dependants)
Post adjustment: 99.4 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
Additional Information:

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

* 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 is available in English only.

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