Senior Counsellor, National IP Strategies, Geneva, Switzerland

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO Geneva

Senior Counsellor, National IP Strategies


Office of the Assistant Director General, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector

Grade: P5

Contract Duration: 2 years *

Duty Station: CH-Geneva

Publication Date: 13-Jan-2023

Application Deadline: 09-Feb-2023, 10:59:00 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 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, 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 incumbent provides overall management and coordination of an effective program to assist Member States in the development of their National IP Strategy in the broader context of the country’s national innovation and economic development goals. This includes providing strategic advice and coordinating in-house expertise relating to intellectual property and the innovation ecosystem; providing project management support; and managing the program’s framework and processes, including the methodology, supporting tools and research.

  • Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Assistant Director General, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector.

d. Work Relations

The incumbent is expected to work closely and collaborate with colleagues within the sector who contribute expertise to the development of IP strategies, with those in substantive Sectors, and with those in the Regional and National Development Sector (RNDS). Colleagues in RNDS are the key interlocutors with Member States throughout the process of engaging and developing national IP strategies.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Research and analyze policy trends and international best practices relating to national IP strategies and related policies, with a view to providing substantive advice and policy expertise to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Design, develop, coordinate and implement an overall strategy and mechanisms to ensure a more consistent, coordinated and whole-of-WIPO approach to the development of national IP Strategies.
  • Act as the central point of coordination within WIPO into the process of development, formulation and implementation of national IP strategies; coordinating across Sectors as needed; and assisting colleagues in the Regional and National Development Sector who are responsible for leading and facilitating the overall engagement and development process with individual Member States.
  • Provide expertise and guidance across WIPO on matters relating to the diagnostic, design implementation and evaluation of national IP strategies and related policies.
  • Design and establish a locus of expertise within WIPO on national IP strategies, providing analysis and sharing of best practices, and other tools to facilitate and support knowledge sharing, in order to enhance the level of expertise and strategic advice provided by WIPO to Member States.
  • Design the overall framework and updating the methodology and tools, guides, training and other material, in order to ensure a coherent and harmonized process to guide Member States in the development of National IP Strategies.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with Member States, public, private and NGO sectors in areas of work related to WIPO’s expertise in matters relating to IP and innovation policies and strategies.

  • Analyze, monitor and report on progress with WIPO’s program relating to national IP Strategies, developing improvements and adjustments to the program’s framework and processes to better meet the different needs and capacities of Member States.
  • Prepare briefing material and internal reports; and recommend appropriate internal and external communications and engagement activities for the program.
  • Develop and maintain a network of outside experts who can provide assistance to Member States on the development of national IP strategies and related policies; and provide advice to colleagues in the RNDS on appropriate experts in this area.
  • Execute other related duties as required, under the mandate of the Office of the Assistant Director General, IES.

3. Requirements

Education (Essential)

Advanced university degree in economics, social sciences, business management, law, international relations, sciences or another relevant discipline. A first-level university degree in a relevant field, plus two years of experience in addition to the experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree .

Experience (Essential)

At least ten years of relevant professional experience in policy analysis and policy development in a national or international context, and/or in the field of intellectual property and/or innovation; including experience acquired working with various elements of the innovation ecosystem, such as government agencies, R&D institutions, innovators, SMEs and organizations that support them such as incubators and other business support organizations.

Experience (Desirable)

Experience in project management tools and methodologies.

Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge English.

Language (Desirable)

Good knowledge of any other UN official language.

Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Deep knowledge and understanding of the intellectual property and innovation landscape and ecosystems.

Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to break down complex issues and to craft appropriate recommendations and solutions.

Excellent communications skills, both verbally and in writing, including the ability to draft and deliver presentations to various audiences.

Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail and ability to define specific action plans based on general guidance and deliver results.

A desire to collaborate with others and to build and maintain productive working relationships and partnerships within the organization and with external stakeholders; in an international and multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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

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.

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 2022 rate of 83.2%


Annual salary: $90,664

Post adjustment: $75,432

Total Salary: $166,096

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

* 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 may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule 4.9.5.

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.