Senior Program Officer

World Intellectual Property Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

The post is located in the Global Challenges Division, whose objective is to strengthen WIPO's position as the leading intergovernmental forum for addressing the intersection between intellectual property and global public policy issues.

The Division engages substantively with other UN and intergovernmental organizations, the private sector and civil society in order to lead and inform policy deliberations. It develops practical contributions to demonstrate the benefits of intellectual property in the search for solutions to major challenges facing humanity, including global health, climate change, and food security.

Purpose Statement:

The incumbent manages WIPO’s engagement in the Trilateral Cooperation among the World Health Organization (WHO), WIPO, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) on policy-related issues at the intersection of Global Health, Intellectual Property (IP) and Trade.

The incumbent will ensure the management and coordination of WIPO’s contributions to the Trilateral Cooperation. This will include internal coordination across WIPO Departments and Divisions as well as liaising with counterparts in WHO and WTO; where appropriate, this will also include outreach to other international organizations. The incumbent will represent WIPO in diverse fora and events as appropriate and interact with member states, international organizations, representatives of private and public sectors, and academia.

The role also includes a number of Division-wide responsibilities. The incumbent supports the Director of the Division in monitoring and analyzing international policy development in the Division’s focus areas and in developing and executing strategies for WIPO to participate in the international policy dialogue with a specific contribution in order to help policy makers and to reinforce the reputation of WIPO as a source of neutral and reliable information. The incumbent also supervises a number of positions and functions within the Division.

Reporting Lines:

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director, Global Challenges Division.

Work Relations:

The incumbent will regularly work across the Division and Sector, as well as with a broad range of WIPO colleagues in other Sectors. The incumbent will also work extensively with external partners, notably the Trilateral Cooperation among the World Health Organization (WHO), WIPO, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The incumbent interacts regularly and coordinates with the Head of Global Health on the implementation of relevant work streams.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Coordinate and manage WIPO’s participation in the Trilateral Cooperation as well as related interaction with other stakeholders in member states, intergovernmental organizations, private and public sectors, civil society and academia, among others.
  • Coordinate and manage on behalf of WIPO Trilateral Coordination activities, including those specifically directed towards Trilateral elements of the WIPO response to health emergencies, such as COVID-19.
  • Initiate and manage coordination with relevant Divisions across WIPO to ensure their input to the Trilateral Cooperation.
  • Conceptualize, design, and implement Trilateral activities based on trilateral annual work plans to help address global health emergencies, including COVID-19. Design and support systems for project monitoring.
  • Assess developments, challenges, and issues addressed by the Trilateral Cooperation, and provide analysis and advice to the Division Director on areas presenting an opportunity for further development, taking into account economic, social, and political conditions.
  • Manage the production of reports and publications related to WIPO’s participation in the Trilateral Cooperation.
  • Support the Director of the Division in developing and executing strategies on how WIPO, in cooperation with external partners as appropriate, could contribute to global policy processes addressing the policy needs of the respective fora.
  • Represent, as requested, the Division Director in internal and WIPO in external meetings and events to provide information on the activities of the Division and to share knowledge on global IP policy challenges.
  • Supervise staff, consultants, interns and Junior Professional Officers.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Education Essential

  • Advanced university degree in law, international relations, business, science, or other related field. A first-level university degree plus an additional two years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience Essential:

  • At least seven years of progressive professional experience in policy analysis, project design and implementation, relationship management and partnerships, with a strong focus on global health and trade, preferably in an international environment.
  • Acquaintance in national and international legal and policy development, norm setting, negotiation, administration or litigation, and international relations, in particular the work of WIPO, the UN system or other international organizations.
  • Demonstrated record of establishing and managing partnerships related to intellectual property and public policy issues, preferably in global health, in a diplomatic setting.

Language Essential:

  • Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.

Language Desirable:

  • Knowledge of other official UN languages.