World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO Geneva

Project Officer (WIPO Awards)


Office of the Deputy Director General (CCIS), Copyright and Creative Industries Sector

Grade: P3

Contract Duration: 5 months

Duty Station: CH-Geneva

Publication Date: 20-Sep-2022

Application Deadline: 03-Oct-2022, 9:59:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE : please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.

1. Organizational Context

  • Organizational Setting

The post is located in the Program of Global Awards, Copyright and Creative Industry Sector. WIPO’s Global Awards program recognizes exceptional enterprises and individuals using intellectual property (IP) to make a positive impact. The program is rooted in WIPO’s mission to ensure a world where innovation and creativity from anywhere is supported by IP for the good of everyone. The awards recognize and support those whose skills contribute to progress and improve other people’s lives. Each year, the independent international jury evaluates a large number of self-nominated candidates from WIPO’s Member States and establishes a group of winners. A different theme is chosen for each year’s awards program.

  • Purpose Statement

The incumbent is responsible for the design, planning and implementation of deliverables associated with the new program of Global Awards, ensuring that all the activities are implemented in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Program of WIPO Awards.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Develop proposals for consideration by the Director of the Program to optimize the concept of the Global Awards Program, taking into account new categories to be included (IP-Youth and IP-Women) including the webpage and awards branding. Conduct research and provide recommendations to improve the measurement indicators for the evaluation of submissions made by contenders.
  • In collaboration with relevant communication areas, develop and implement a communication strategy, taking into account the need to reach out to all types of audiences, in all geographical regions and IP industries and sectors. As part of implementing the communications strategy, develop appropriate content to promote the awards program.
  • Assist in the provision of support to members of the international jury in the selection of winners by participating in a first evaluation of proposals and providing a short list of candidates based on established criteria. Prepare an initial plan for the awards ceremony. Implement all logistics as well as promotion of finalists and winners through the organization of interviews and other communications activities and panel discussions.
  • Research and identify international experts on IP and commercialization of the Global Awards mentor’s pool and coordinate the implementation of their contractual modalities. Support the design and implementation of customized mentor programs for the winners of the contest. Act as liaison between beneficiaries and mentors.
  • Identify and liaise with external sponsors for the Program, including private or public institutions, from all regions, with the objective of facilitating the access of contest winners to sources of finance and commercial partnerships for their undertaking.
  • Promote the exchange between winners, mentors and sponsors by setting up and conducting appropriate activities and events.

  • Identify, collect and analyze key figures of the awards contest and the coaching program and define suitable measures depending on the findings.
  • Assist in the implementation of the WIPO National Awards Program by managing requests for submission of awards and certificates by inventors and creators organized by Member States.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

3. Requirements

Education (Essential)

First-level university degree in business administration, law, management, communications, social sciences or a related field.

Education (Desirable)

Advanced university degree in business administration, law, management, communication, social sciences or a related field.

Certification in project management.

Experience (Essential)

At least six years of professional experience, ideally in the areas of management, communication, marketing, fundraising and related areas, at the national and international levels.

At least two years of project management experience ideally in the domain of commercial promotion of technological and / or creative enterprises.

Experience (Desirable)

Experience working in start-up accelerators or angel investors’ networks.

Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Language (Desirable)

Good knowledge of written and spoken Spanish or French.

Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Project management skills, ability to work on projects from initiation to completion.

Sound analytical, organizational, writing and research skills.

Good self-management skills and proven ability to work independently and coordinate complex tasks in order to deliver results.

Excellent liaison, communication, presentation 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 social media.

Sound political judgement and capacity to work well with a range of actors including WIPO stakeholders.

4. Organizational Competencies

  • Communicating effectively.
  • Showing team spirit.
  • Demonstrating integrity.
  • Valuing diversity.
  • Producing results.
  • Showing service orientation.
  • Seeing the big picture.
  • Seeking change and innovation.
  • Developing yourself and others.

5. Inform ation

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 September 2022 rate of 76.9%.


Annual salary: $62,692

Post adjustment: $48,210

Total Salary: $110,902

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

Temporary appointment are renewable, subject to continuing needs, availability of budget and satisfactory performance with a maximum cumulative length of two years.

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: (link) 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.

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