Program Officer

World Intellectual Property Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

The position is located in the TISC Development Section of the Technology and Innovation Support Division in the IP for Innovators Department, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector. The Department is responsible for supporting researchers, innovators, universities and research institutions to use IP as a tool for growth and sustainable development. The Section is responsible for ensuring the sustainable development of TISCs through the management of national and regional projects, in particular, the implementation of skills and capacity development.

Purpose Statement:

The main role of the incumbent is to contribute to the effective and efficient development of national and regional TISC networks by disseminating and promoting the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and best practices to and among TISC networks.

Reporting Lines:

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the TISC Development Section.

Working Relations:

  • The incumbent works in close coordination with other members of the Section, Division, and Department and other parts of the Organization including the Regional and National Development, Global Challenges and Partnerships, and Patent and Technology Sectors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Provide advice and guidance to stakeholders involved in projects to establish and develop national and regional networks of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs), including on situation and (training) needs assessment, project planning, and project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Plan, organize, and participate as resource person in in-person, online, and hybrid training seminars and workshops in particular for TISCs on patent search, intellectual property rights management, and technology transfer and ensure the preparation of associated training materials and presentations.
  • Promote awareness among relevant stakeholders on TISCs, the services they provide, and the impact they create, and the support and resources provided to TISCs by WIPO, including through success stories, case studies, and participation in events.
  • Ensure the creation of expert and other technical content on the eTISC platform, including news items and “Ask the Expert” sessions and coordinate closely with the News and Media Division (NMD) dissemination of social content through various WIPO’s social media accounts.
  • Drive continuous improvement of digital platforms for supporting TISC project management, outreach, and networking, in particular the TISC Project and Performance Management platform and eTISC platform, including through inputs to the definition of business needs and functional requirements.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Education Essential:

  • First-level university degree in science, engineering, business administration, management, law or related field.

Experience Essential:

  • At least six years of relevant professional experience, including significant experience in implementing projects related to establishing and/or developing IP services.
  • Experience working in an international environment.

Experience Desirable:

  • Experience in project management in a development context or in developing countries.
  • Experience in providing training.
  • Experience working in the field of intellectual property, in particular patents.
  • Experience in preparing expert content for publication in print and/or social media.
  • Experience working in developing countries.
  • Experience working with public sector organizations.

Language Essential:

  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

Language Desirable:

  • Knowledge of French or other official UN languages.