Talent Pool – Program Management, Geneva, Switzerland

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO Geneva

Talent Pool – Program Management


Various Departments

Grade: P3/P4

Contract Duration: Fixed-term positions of 1 or 2 years or Temporary Appointment

Duty Station: CH-Geneva

Publication Date: 14-Dec-2022

Application Deadline: 29-Jun-2023, 9:59:00 PM

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the global forum for intellectual Property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation, is looking for qualified professionals wishing to contribute to its distinctive mission of making IP work for everyone.

WIPO Talent Pools

The Talent Pools serve to ensure a pipeline of external qualified candidates for Professional and higher category posts in both programmatic and support areas, for profiles that are regularly recruited for and/or difficult to fill.

Note: WIPO particularly encourages expressions of interest from qualified women as well as from nationals of unrepresented member states and underrepresented geographical regions.

How do the Talent Pools work?

The Talent Pools are open year-round to enable professionals to express their interest in employment with WIPO in a particular domain. The expressions of interest received will be reviewed by our recruiters with a view to:

  • Contacting qualified professionals regarding vacancies that match their profile
  • Sourcing candidates for temporary opportunities

Note: Registration in one of the Talent Pools does not guarantee employment with WIPO.

If you are a program management professional with several years of experience at national or international level, including in intellectual property, we would like to hear from you.




A university degree in law, economics, international relations, development studies, science, engineering or related field.


Project management certification



A minimum of six years of relevant professional experience (four years with an advanced degree), including in technical assistance/cooperation, capacity building or development, preferably related to intellectual property.


Experience working at a regional or international level.

Experience in planning and organizing seminars, workshops, expert missions, study visits and training courses.



Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.


Knowledge of one of the other working languages of WIPO: French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, German, Japanese, Korean or Portuguese.

Job Related Competencies

Good knowledge of the international intellectual property system.

Strong project management skills and sound knowledge of project management methodologies.

Knowledge of the economic, legal and intellectual property systems of countries within a given geographic region.

Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

Ability to represent the Organization and to provide policy and technical advice and guidance.

Excellent communication 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 internet.

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
  • Information

Core Values:

WIPO’s core values, shaping the future, working as one, acting responsibly and delivery excellence, reflect our aim to achieve an efficient, professional organization in the service of a global public, which values diversity and treats all people with fairness, dignity and respect.

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 June 2022 rate of 71.4%.


Annual salary $75,602

Post adjustment $53,980

Total Salary $129,582

Currency USD


Annual salary $62,692

Post adjustment $44,762

Total Salary $107,454

Currency USD

Note: There is a salary range corresponding to each grade; the above figures are based on the starting salary (step 1) for each grade.

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.

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 a related 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 further considered, 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.