Human Resources HR Project Officer

World Intellectual Property Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

The HR Project Officer contributes to transforming Human Resources (HR) at WIPO facilitating the effective design, development and implementation of programs, projects and initiatives related to various topics such as performance management, culture, internal mobility, staff development and engagement.  Interventions which ensure alignment to Organizational priorities, integration with the other HR pillars, and using an employee-centric approach.

Reporting Lines:

The HR Project Officer reports to the Employee Experience Manager and cooperates closely with HR colleagues of the Talent Management Service and other functions within HRMD, as well as with Senior Leaders, Managers, Employees and external providers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In support of preparing a future-ready and skilled workforce the HR Project Officer will perform the following principal duties:
  • Identify needs and draft project proposals for suggested key interventions.
  • Provide hands-on project management for initiatives ensuring adherence to project-cycle management principles including proactively managing and mitigating risk and dependencies with key stakeholders, provision of clear documentation that supports project milestones, captures key business decisions and sign off from stakeholders.
  • Build relevant tools and guidelines to support an effective implementation including applicable communication plans in close liaison with relevant stakeholders.
  • Identify measures to define progress and measure impact as well as to capture experiences and learnings for optimal and continual improvement.
  • Develop and nurture relevant networks keeping abreast of developments and best practices of other organizations and latest research in the applicable subject matter.  Forge effective partnerships internally and externally ensuring excellent stakeholder engagement to keep abreast of business and people developments, and ensure that programs, projects and initiatives meet evolving business/people needs.  
  • Participate in relevant internal and external working groups / meetings and provide project advice, expertise and support where applicable.
  • Undertake other tasks as required.


Education Essential:

  • First-level university degree in Human Resources management, public or business administration, law, science, social sciences or related field.

Experience Essential:

  • At least six years of relevant professional work experience, ideally including experience at the international level.
  • Experience of planning and executing projects of varying size and complexity.
  • Experience of managing risks and reporting, drafting briefing papers and presentations including for the senior management team.

Experience Desirable:

  • Experience in other HR areas.
  • HR experience in the private sector.
  • Experience in facilitation.

Language Essential:

  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Language Desirable:

  • Knowledge of other WIPO official languages, particularly French.