World Intellectual Property Organization - Associate Program Officer

1. Organizational context

a. Organizational Setting

The position is located in the Copyright Development Division, Copyright and Creative Industries Sector. The Copyright Development Division is responsible for the provision of technical assistance and capacity building programs and projects for developing countries in the field of copyright and related rights and for coordinating the interface of the WIPO Copyright and Creative Industries sector with developing country member states in the field. The aim is to help these countries in using the copyright system to extract greater economic value from their cultural and other creative works.

b. Purpose Statement

The incumbent assists in the design and implementation of technical assistance and capacity building programs and projects in relation to the Organization’s cooperation for development mandates with the objective of developing, implementing and monitoring sustainable programs and activities designed to enhance and promote the use of copyright and intellectual property for economic, social and cultural development in the countries under his/her responsibility.

c. Reporting lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Copyright Development Division.

2. Duties and responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

a) Assist in the design, plan and organization of result-oriented seminars, workshops, study visits, and other capacity building programs on copyright and related rights, including preparation of programs and documents.

b) Participate in the analysis of the needs of countries or groups of countries for development activities/programs/projects within their national strategies for the establishment of functioning and beneficial copyright systems;

c) Follow-up on specific aspects of project implementation, identify problems, propose actions to expedite project and service delivery, and identifies and tracks follow-up actions.

d) Enhance WIPO’s technical assistance to developing countries;

e) Assist in the design and development of new innovative collaborative formats to bring together the young people’s knowledge and understanding of the real value of protecting the rights of creators, especially in the current digital era and benefits of embracing new online legal content offers.

f) Contribute to the preparation of various written reports, as may be needed, including drafting, reviewing and revising sections or portions of project assessment documents, background papers, project and budget revisions, as well as contribute to the workplan exercises of the Division;

g) Establish and maintain contact with relevant internal and external stakeholders as directed, including Member States, intergovernmental agencies and public and private sector IP organizations;

h) Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative meetings and other conferences, including in the preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.

i) Perform other related duties as required.

3. Requirements



First-level university degree in law, political science, business administration, public relations, finance, human resources management or related discipline.


Development related studies or intellectual property.



At least three years of relevant professional experience at the national or international level, including experience working in an IP institution or other institution responsible for development cooperation policies and procedures. Experience in the field of project management or technical assistance. Capacity building experience in developing countries.


Experience with and understanding of copyright and related rights.



Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Arabic.


Knowledge of other UN languages, preferably Russian.

Knowledge, skills and competencies:


  • Knowledge of development concerns and needs of developing countries.

  • Ability to establish priorities for oneself and others and to plan work assignments

  • Good knowledge of project management, including planning, implementation and monitoring.

  • 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.


Knowledge of institution building of copyright in developing countries.

4. Organizational Competencies

1. Communicating effectively

2. Showing team spirit

3. Demonstrating integrity

4. Valuing diversity

5. Producing results

6. Showing service orientation

7. Seeing the big picture

8. Seeking change and innovation

9. Developing yourself and others

5. Information

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 November 2018 rate of 72.2%.