Associate IP Information Officer at WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization

Associate IP Information Officer

Standards Section, International Classifications and Standards Division, Global Infrastructure Sector

Grade – P2

Contract Duration – 2 years*

Duty Station: CH-Geneva

Publication Date: 24-Oct-2017

Application Deadline: 23-Nov-2017, 11:59:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE:  please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local date and time.

  1. Organizational Context

Organizational Setting

The post is located in the Standards Section (STS) of the International Classifications and Standards Division. This Section is responsible for organizing the meetings of the Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS) and of its Task Forces, and the publication of their decisions and of the WIPO Standards and other related materials, leading and supporting the development and implementation of the Standards, coordinating various practices of the Member States and other stakeholders in processing and exchanging IP information and documentation, and providing global forum for all stakeholders to discuss issues on IP information and documentation to find solutions collaboratively.

Purpose Statement

Reporting to the Head of Section, the main role of the incumbent is to contribute to the development of WIPO Standards in particular using the extensible markup language (XML) or relevant Information Technology (IT) tools and to assist the implementation of the Standards by Member States and other stakeholders.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the Standards Section.

  1. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Participate in the preparation of documents and proposals for the CWS, as well as in the representation of the International Bureau in meetings of the Committee and its Task Forces, and provide technical inputs for the preparation of their reports.
  • Participate in developing WIPO Standards in particular using XML and relevant software tools to assist the implementation of the Standards by Member States and other stakeholders.
  • Monitor the preparation of WIPO Standards and other related materials, and ensure the regular review and update for publication on the Internet and other media.
  • Keep abreast of developments in IT and Intellectual Property (IP) information and documentation, and liaise with the concerned work units throughout the Organization to coordinate efforts.
  • Provide information, guidance and assistance to IP authorities of Member States in matters relating to WIPO Standards, in particular XML-related Standards.
  • Update and maintain technical documentation.
  • Support the preparation of specification and system/application designs.
  • Participate in meetings and exhibitions convened by Member States, industry groups and other stakeholders in relation to IP information and documentation.
  • Provide logistical, administrative and substantive support with regards to the organization of Committee sessions and other CWS-related meetings and establish and maintain contact with relevant internal and external stakeholders as directed, including Member States and intergovernmental organizations.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  1. Requirements



First-level university degree in science, engineering, information technology or other closely related fields.



At least three years of progressive professional experience in developing and managing information and communication technology system, including XML at national or international levels, preferably from the perspective of an industrial property office.


Experience in computer programming based on XML technology.Experience in and knowledge of web management systems.

Experience in IP authorities of Member States or intergovernmental organizations.



Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.


Knowledge of other official UN languages.

Job Related Competencies


Good knowledge of WIPO Standards in particular XML-related Standards, including their functioning and revision procedures.

Good knowledge and understanding of IP information and documentation.

Excellent XML knowledge.

Good knowledge of business and administration in the field of industrial property.

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

Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensibility and respect for diversity.


Good IT knowledge and skills, including web services and web document management.

Project management process understanding.

Good knowledge of modern information technologies and industry standards and their use in delivering improvements to business processes.

Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives and accountability in delivering results.

  1. Organizational 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.
  1. Information

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.

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