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1. Organizational Context
a. Organizational Setting
The post is located in the Office of the Director General.
b. Purpose Statement
WIPO's Business Continuity Management Strategy (BCMS) ensures that staff and other critical assets can be protected from an adverse event to the extent possible. The BCMS provides policy and guidance to ensure the capabilities needed to continue crucial operational processes are sufficiently resilient, as well as for WIPO crisis and emergency management. The incumbent is responsible for driving the further development and coordination of WIPO's contingency planning capabilities and Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity (DR/BC) plans with a view to mitigating or minimizing the impact of disruptions on WIPO's critical business operations.
c. Reporting Lines
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Assistant Director General and Chief of Staff.
2. Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:
a. Coordinate and assist in the development of and access to Business Continuity Plans and Procedures for all critical and critical supporting functions. Ensure that the business areas undertake gap analyses following business or technological changes, and develop and update their continuity plans and procedures accordingly.
b. Liaise with responsible business units on the identification, storage and accessibility of vital information and assets, in accordance with the requirements determined by those business areas.
c. Ensure that staff with specific crisis and emergency or continuity responsibilities are adequately aware of their roles. Coordinate regular updates and relevant training exercises, and arrange regular update and informational briefings for all staff via presentations and new staff induction sessions.
d. Liaise with the responsible business managers to ensure regular review of their business impact analyses, as well as testing of their business continuity plans on an annual basis or as the need arises.
e. Represent the Organization at resilience/crisis and emergency/continuity interagency or other working groups.
f. Perform other related duties as required.
Advanced university degree in Information Technology Management, Change Management, Business Administration or related field.
At least 12 years of progressively responsible professional work experience, including extensive experience in business continuity/disaster recovery activities or large-scale management of IT-related projects.
Proven experience of managing a major Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery project.
Experience with advanced application software including project management software application tools and applications.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English or French.
Knowledge of the other language (English or French). Knowledge of other UN languages.
Job Related Competencies
Thorough knowledge and understanding of Business Impact Analysis, risk management and project management.
Sound management of crisis and emergency planning, as well as resilience, continuity and recovery methodologies and best practices.
Excellent time management and work organization skills.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work independently and effectively at all levels in a collaborative team environment.
Highly adaptable to new environments, tasks and demands.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
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. Leading WIPO to the future (for Directors and above).
Mobility: WIPO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director General and may be assigned to any activities, office or duty station of the Organization. Accordingly, the selected candidate may be required to move from time to time to new functions and/or to another duty station.
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 February 2018 rate of 81.6%
Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.
* 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 WIPOat 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.