Legal Officer, Geneva, Switzerland, Geneve
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Geneve, Switzerland
vor 2 Tg.
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Legal and Constitutional Affairs Section, Office of the Legal Counsel, Administration, Finance and Management Sector

Grade : P3

Contract Duration : 1 year

Duty Station : CH-Geneva

Publication Date : 12-Mar-2021

Application Deadline : 26-Mar-2021, 10 : 59 : 00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE : please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant's location.

1. Organizational Context

  • Organizational Setting
  • The position is located in the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Section, Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC), Administration, Finance and Management Sector.

    The Office is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to the Director General, to the bodies of WIPO Member States and to the Secretariat on constitutional, administrative, contractual and general legal matters, and in respect of the depository functions of WIPO-administered treaties, in harmony with statutory requirements and applicable law.

  • Purpose Statement
  • The incumbent provides advice and support on the legal and constitutional aspects of the Organization and its activities, ensuring high standards of quality and timeliness of delivery.

  • Reporting Lines
  • The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Section.

    2. Duties and Responsibilities

    The incumbent will perform the following principal duties :

  • Provide legal advice on a wide range of complex and often sensitive legal questions from the Director General, Member States, and Secretariat colleagues related to constitutional, procedural, governance, treaty and other public international law issues;
  • Provide support and advice on matters related to the depositary functions of the Director General regarding treaties administered by the Organization, including the preparation and review of treaty actions and notifications;
  • Register and manage requests by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations for observer status in the Organization and ensure the provision of requisite information to Member States, including the preparation of documents for the admission of new observers;
  • Provide support and advice on matters related to Master Data Management in the Organization, including on compliance by other Sectors of the Organization with, inter alia, geographic names, dates, and treaty information consistent with authoritative OLC-maintained records to ensure legal accuracy;
  • Review, comment and provide advice on documents prepared for meetings of the governing bodies of Member States of the Organization;
  • Assist, where necessary, with the secretariat functions related to meetings of the governing bodies of Member States of the Organization, including diplomatic conferences and other meetings convened by the Organization, providing legal advice on legal and procedural matters;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

    3. Requirements

    Education (Essential)

    First-level university degree in law or otherwise eligibility to practice as an attorney, preferably with a specialization in intellectual property law.

    Experience (Essential)

    At least six years of relevant professional experience in the area of law, including experience gained in a legal department of an intergovernmental organization.

    An advanced university degree in law may be accepted in lieu of two years of experience.

    Experience (Desirable)

    Experience advising in the area of public international law, treaty affairs and / or the law of international organizations.

    Language (Essential)

    Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken), including ability to draft legal texts.

    Language (Desirable)

    Knowledge of other UN languages.

    Job Related Competencies (Essential)

    Good knowledge of the legal issues related to the governance and constitutional / treaty basis of international organizations.

    Excellent analytical and legal drafting skills.

    Organizational skills with the ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure and to respect deadlines.

    Sound political judgment.

    Discretion and good diplomatic skills.

    Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.

    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.

    4. Organizational Competencies

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

    Please note that this estimate is for information only. The post adjustment multiplier (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change (increase or decrease) without notice.

    The figures quoted below are based on the March 2021 rate of 86.3 %

    Annual salary : $ 62,120

    Post adjustment : $53 ,610

    Total Salary : $115 ,730

    Currency USD

    Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

    Please refer to WIPO's Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

    Additional Information

    Temporary appointments are renewable, subject to continuing needs, availability of budget and satisfactory performance with a maximum cumulative length of two years.

    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.

    By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.

    In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s) / diploma(s) / certificate(s) required for this position.

    WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited / recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    The list can be accessed through the link : http : / / / . Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.

    Additional testing / interviewing may be used as a form of screening. Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.

    Additional background checks may be required.


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