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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:59 AM


Copyright IT Director - 17064-FT
Office of the Deputy Director General, Copyright and Creative Industries Sector
Grade - D1
Contract Duration - two years *
Duty Station  : CH-Geneva
Publication Date  : 12-Apr-2017   Application Deadline  : 10-May-2017, 11:59:00 PM


IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE:  please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local date and time.


1.         Organizational context


The post is located in the Office of the Deputy Director General (ODDG), Copyright and Creative Industries Sector (CCIS). The CCIS covers the Organization’s programs on copyright and related rights and on communications.  One of the main missions of the WIPO Copyright and Creative Industries Sector (CCIS) is to develop tools to facilitate broader access to and distribution of knowledge, information, and culture, including across borders, using an inclusive approach that benefits countries at all levels of development and all persons, with due regard to gender equity and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities.  At the same time, these tools should make it easier for authors, creators, and rights holders in all countries to obtain greater benefits from their copyrighted creations and works.  CCIS is committed to using these tools in an inclusive manner to allow least-developed and developing countries and countries with transitional economies to overcome the digital divide and benefit from the cross-border effect through the use of digital technologies.


The main role of the incumbent is to provide expert strategic and technical advice to Senior and Executive management on the Sector’s key IT, copyright-related projects, and to design and develop platforms, services and tools for the copyright area in the digital environment.


The incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Director General CCIS, and collaborates closely with the Global Infrastructure Sector.



2.         Duties and responsibilities


The incumbent performs the following principal duties:


(a)Provide experience and expert technical knowledge to advise and update the ability of CCIS to tackle global digital challenges with regard to copyright management systems; 

(b)Establish priorities, determine resource requirements and  design an infrastructure scheme to facilitate better worldwide distribution and remuneration systems for digital content, configuring the main technical features in close collaboration with the Global Infrastructure Sector; 

©Evaluate technological developments and the needs of CCIS and ensure that automation solutions are adapted to the idiosyncrasies of each of the CCIS’s business activities.  Create advanced models and frameworks, and develop an IT platform capable of providing “state of the art” services to users, delivering maximum operational efficiencies, and interfacing efficiently with other relevant WIPO IT systems; 

(d)Ensure that the CCIS’s overall automation solutions and service delivery are compliant with the Organization wide ICT standards including application development standards, information security and quality standards together with appropriate service management and service delivery standards (based on industry standards such as ITIL), as well as project methodology standards;


(e)Coordinate and liaise with the ICT Department on the provision of ICT infrastructure services to CCIS, as well as liaison on the evolution of the Organization’s ICT standards and business continuity and disaster recovery plans;


(f)Continuously  monitor the ICT environment, keeping abreast of ICT trends and identify emerging technologies that could enable business change and improve customer services;  advise the Deputy Director General on IT and technical matters, and explain and account for ICT program and services to management and the legislative body; 

  1. In consultation with CCIS management, participate in the identification and prioritization of new projects and initiatives;  oversee the planning and delivery of the new projects and services in accordance with the CCIS’s automation strategy, organizing resources and establishing priorities to facilitate the achievement of objectives;

(h)Maintain excellent relations and establish links and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders;


(i)Perform other related duties as required.



3.         Requirements



Advanced university degree in Information technology, computer science or a related field.  first-level degree plus two years of relevant professional experience in addition to the years of experience mentioned below may be acceptable in lieu of the advanced university degree.




At least fifteen years of experience in the intellectual property and technology industries, of which at least five years of experience working in an international environment.


Experience in leading the development of copyright management systems at a senior level.



Experience in the creative industries and software industries.


Experience with copyright management systems and digital content distribution.




Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English and good knowledge of French.


Job-related competencies


Excellent knowledge of multiple aspects of the architecture and technology of the digital content industries.


Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multifunctional team.


Demonstrated ability to advise senior management on information technology services policies, strategies and priorities and to formulate related strategic and operational plans.


Proven ability to supervise and motivate ICT staff and to plan and manage the delivery of information services and projects with timely and cost-conscious achievement of results.


Excellent knowledge of modern information services (technology, systems, standards) and concepts including best practices in IT service provision and project management.


Well-developed skills in problem analysis, creating and achieving solutions, communication, negotiation and interpersonal relationships.



4.         Organizational competencies


1.  Communicating effectively.

2.  Respecting individual and cultural differences.

3.  Showing team spirit.

4.  Managing yourself.

5.  Producing results.

6.  Embracing change.

7.  Respecting ethics and values.


WIPO Managerial Competencies


1. Creating a stimulating work environment.

2. Planning and managing resources.

3. Promoting change, innovation and learning.

4. Building and promoting partnerships.



5.         Information


Mobility:  Candidates appointed to an international position with WIPO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.


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 March 2017 rate of 79.3%






Annual salary



Post adjustment



Total Salary



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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


* Initial period of two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance.  No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.


This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule 4.9.5.


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://www.whed.net/. 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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