Vacancy for Director at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. We are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 192 member states.

Our mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Our mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

World Intellectual Property Organization is recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Director

Job ID: 19280-FT
Grade: D1
Contract Duration: 2 years

Purpose Statement

  • The Director of the WIPO Nigeria Office is responsible for managing the human and financial resources of the Office, providing strategic guidance for the activities of the Office in line with the broader strategic settings of WIPO, conceptualizing and ensuring the implementation of an effective work plan for the Office, providing effective coordination and cooperation with the host government, engaging with other stakeholders on the ground including other elements of the UN System and maximizing communications opportunities to promote public understanding of intellectual property, WIPO’s work and the work of the Office.
  • The WIPO Nigeria Office is part of a network of WIPO External Offices that add clear value, efficiency and effectiveness to the delivery of WIPO’s programs, in line with its Strategic Goals and Results Framework, in a coordinated and complimentary way, with WIPO Headquarters.

Reporting Lines:

  • The Director of the WIPO Nigeria Office works under the supervision of the Assistant Director General and Chief of Staff.

Work Relations:

  • The Director of the WIPO Nigeria Office liaises closely with the Overall Coordinator of WIPO External Offices, the Assistant Director General and Chief of Staff, to ensure consistency in the activities of the WIPO External Office network and coherence and efficiency in its operation.

Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Direct and lead the activities of the WIPO Nigeria Office to ensure effective and efficient program delivery.  In particular, ensure the implementation of activities to facilitate the use of IP for development, promote the use of WIPO’s databases, tools and platforms, and promote the use of WIPO’s Global IP Services.
  • Effectively and efficiently manage the human and financial resources of the Office.  Identify key risks to program delivery and resource management and ensure they are managed and mitigated.
  • Articulate and maintain an updated, strategic communications strategy for the WIPO Nigeria Office and ensure targeted and effective utilization of communications, including through new and social media, to promote public understanding of IP, WIPO’s work and the work of the WIPO Nigeria Office.
  • Represent WIPO before the host country government officials as well as at meetings with other stakeholders.
  • Ensure effective coordination with all Sectors and units across the WIPO Secretariat so that program delivery is efficient, coherent and non-duplicative.
  • Ensure effective coordination with the United Nations system organizations, as required, within the Office’s jurisdiction, in support of delivering as one UN, and keeping Headquarters informed of developments.  Ensure effective liaison with other non-government stakeholders in the country (industry, non-governmental organizations etc.).
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Engage with senior officials and other stakeholders in Nigeria to coordinate planning and facilitate program delivery.
  • Analyze needs and trends and undertake strategic program planning for the Office in accordance with the Strategic Goals, Medium-Term Strategic Plan, and the Program and Budget.  Prepare annual workplans for the Office.


  • Advanced university degree in International Relations, Law, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other relevant field.
  • A first-level university degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


  • Essential:
    • At least 15 years of relevant and progressively responsible experience, including in the fields of public administration or management.
  • Desirable:
    • Experience working with the United Nations.
    • Experience leading or working in a sub-office of an organization in the field.
    • Experience working in the field of intellectual property.


  • Essential: Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Knowledge of other UN official languages or of local languages.

Job Related Competencies

  • Excellent diplomatic, representation and communication skills, including in an international context.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks, conceptualize new approaches and promote new ideas.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently manage human and financial resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Sound judgement; ability to quickly assess complex and fast-moving situations and developments and provide targeted and innovative advice.
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.
  • Discretion and integrity.


  • Knowledge of Nigeria, its intellectual property infrastructure and the key intellectual property issues in that country.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property issues and developments, particularly at the international level.
  • Knowledge of WIPO’s strategic priorities, implementation constraints and opportunities.
  • Knowledge of the UN System and its procedures.

Organizational Competencies:

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


  • 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.  The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.  The figures quoted below are based on the September 2019 rate of 34.7%


  • Annual salary: $99,595
  • Post adjustment: $34,559
  • Total Salary: $134,154

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.

Deadline: 9:59:00 PM, 24th October, 2019.

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