Senior Counsellor, Singapore

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Senior Counsellor

23007-FT LT

WIPO Singapore Office, Regional and National Development Sector

Grade: P5

Contract Duration: 2 years (maximum cumulative length of 5 years) *

Duty Station: SG-Singapore

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.

This post is a limited-term fixed-term post.

1. Organizational Context

  • Organizational Setting

The post is located in the WIPO Singapore Office (WSO). The WSO acts as WIPO Service Center for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (or ASEAN and comprising Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam) in promoting the use of WIPO’s Global IP Services (including WIPO’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services), WIPO’s platforms, tools and publications to all IP stakeholders in the ASEAN region and in supporting efforts in the implementation of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Action Plan 2016

2025. As such, the WSO supports national efforts to strengthen IP ecosystems in support of economic, social and cultural development goals. The WSO is part of a network of WIPO External Offices (EOs).

  • Purpose Statement

The incumbent provides support to the Director in positioning important Organizational programs to be recognized as leading in the field. This requires the conceptualization, designing, identification and mobilizing resources, and implementation the WSO annual workplan so as to ensure clarity and cohesion as well as to add value, efficiency and effectiveness to the program delivery of WIPO in its area of responsibility.

  • Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the WSO.

  • Work Relations

The incumbent will work closely with and synergize colleagues, both in the WSO and across units at Headquarters, to ensure that mandate implementation proceeds effectively, efficiently and without duplication. The incumbent will also work closely with stakeholders in ASEAN, including with representatives of the Host Government and Governments in the region, providing authoritative expertise and substantive advice on intellectual property matters.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Undertake strategic planning by authoritatively contributing to the Office’s input for the Program of Work and Budget, the WIPO Program Performance Report and annual workplans. Support the Director in coordinating and closely monitoring the implementation of the annual workplan of the Office.
  • Assist the Director with the management of the Office, including with respect to operational, financial and administrative matters and the preparation of related reports; review and authorize financial transactions and other administrative actions.
  • Develop strategies and organize initiatives to increase awareness and use of WIPO’s Global IP Services, tools, databases and platforms; provide information and feedback to users of these services, tools, databases and platforms.
  • Develop, maintain and strengthen relations with IP stakeholders in the ASEAN, including with small and medium-sized enterprises, women entrepreneurs, and youth. Identify opportunities, establish frameworks for interaction, and grow and leverage these relationships to further mandate implementation, including through the implementation of impactful projects on the ground.
  • Represent WIPO at meetings throughout ASEAN and provide substantive expertise and authoritative advice; undertake advisory missions to countries of the region, prepare, organize and make presentations at seminars and conferences; coordinate with Sectors and other work areas in Headquarters and represent the Organization as requested.
  • Develop and implement strategic and innovative communications and outreach activities aimed at building awareness of the importance of IP as a catalyst for growth and development with the different audiences in ASEAN Countries.

  • Anticipate and analyze needs and trends in the ASEAN, including the rapid digital transformation of the Region. Provide detailed reports and recommendations to the Director on the impacts of these for the realization of the Organization’s mandate as well as on the opportunities they present.
  • Develop close and productive relations with officials of Singapore to facilitate the effective and efficient functioning of the Office as well as the implementation of the activities under the WIPO-Singapore MoU.
  • Develop, maintain and strengthen relations with representatives of other UN and intergovernmental organizations in the region; participate as appropriate in activities of the Common UN System in the region so as to create effective networks and build synergies for mandate implementation.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

3. Requirements

Education (Essential)

Advanced university degree in law, economics, international relations, public administration, management or related field. A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant professional experience in addition to the years of experience mentioned below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Experience (Essential)

At least ten years of related professional and progressively responsible experience in the fields of intellectual property, with experience in digital technology, innovation, e-commerce, financial technology, and/or culture and creativity in the emerging growth sectors in ASEAN.

Language (Essential)

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Language (Desirable)

A good knowledge of another UN language or of languages spoken in the ASEAN region (i.e., Malay, Khmer, Indonesian, Lao, Burmese, Filipino, English, Thai, and Vietnamese).

Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Sound political judgement, discretion and integrity.

Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.

Good knowledge of the subject areas dealt with by the Organization, in particular IP development, management and commercialization.

Good knowledge of the ASEAN region, including on issues surrounding the IP, innovation and creativity space and ecosystems in the region.

Excellent diplomatic, representation and communication skills, including in an international context, and an ability to deliver messages effectively to diverse audiences.

Ability to effectively manage financial resources in accordance with applicable financial and administrative rules, regulations and procedures.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks, conceptualize new approaches and options, and promote new measures and ideas.

Job Related Competencies (Desirable)

Knowledge of IP issues and developments at the international level, including commercialization and collaborative innovation under the digital normal.

Knowledge of new and emerging opportunities, trends, and risk management in key fields such as digital technology, innovation, creativity, e-commerce, and financial technology under the digital economy.

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.

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 69.4%


Annual salary: $88,162

Post adjustment: $61,184

Total Salary: $149,346

Currency USD

Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Additional Information

* Initial fixed-term appointment of two years, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and other applicable conditions. The selected candidate’s appointment will be subject to an overall term of five years in this position, with no possibility of renewal beyond that term. S/he may, however, apply and be considered for other positions at WIPO.

This is not applicable to WIPO staff members on fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointments, who were recruited following a competition under Staff Regulation 4.10 (“Appointment Boards”).

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.