Senior Director, PCT Legal and International Affairs Department, Patents and Technology Sector

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Recruiter
WIPO
Location
Switzerland (CH)
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted
18 May 2021
Closes
15 Jun 2021
Responsibilities
Legal
Sector
Public Sector
Contract Type
Contract / Interim

Seeking a senior director to take full responsibility for the management and development of PCT stakeholder relations, the PCT legal framework, systemic standards and improvements, training and capacity building, and information sharing and associated resources, including IT systems.

 

Senior Director, PCT Legal and International Affairs Department, Patents and Technology Sector

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
(Initial one-year contract, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance)
(Grade D2)
Geneva, Switzerland
$210,199 (or higher depending on qualifications experience) net of tax + benefits


Are you looking for a new career opportunity in a dynamic organization with global impact? 

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Geneva, Switzerland dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, is seeking highly qualified and experienced candidates for the post of:

Senior Director, PCT Legal and International Affairs Department, D2 

The post is located in the PCT Legal and International Affairs Department of the Patents and Technology Sector.  This Department is responsible for the development of policies and the provision of strategic direction to preserve and strengthen the role of the PCT as the central node in the international patent system, and to support the PCT system stakeholders, including Member States (receiving Offices, International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities, and designated and elected Offices), the user community, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.  The Department's optimal functioning is paramount to the international patent system and to supporting and encouraging the many users of that system, as well as States considering accession to the PCT.

The Senior Director, PCT Legal and International Affairs Department will perform the following principal duties:

  • Chart the direction for PCT service and system development and delivery, and strengthen WIPO's strategic position in the international patent system by driving initiatives to maintain and strengthen the PCT system as the premier global IP service and by managing change and the development of improved organizational response capacities.  Anticipate future challenges and adjust to changes in the international patent environment.
  • Sustain, expand and improve a PCT service platform that meets and exceeds the needs of clients and beneficiaries and anticipates new requirements to maintain the platform as a cutting edge resource.
  • Direct the Department's portfolio of work, exercise strategic asset management and deploy resources into value-added activities and initiatives in accordance with results-based management principles.
  • Manage the entire spectrum of the Department's highly visible areas of work and activities, empower an integrated management team to act creatively and deliver a world class PCT system with critical operational and financial consequences within a scrutinized and dynamic environment, and ensure that all relevant stakeholders continue to rely upon the PCT system as the world's leading route for obtaining patent protection at the international level.
  • Lead and motivate the Department's staff, and foster an organizational culture oriented towards the continual search for innovative approaches to complex PCT challenges and quality service delivery in a constantly changing and evolving operational environment.
  • Lead strategic engagement with WIPO Member States.  Advance understanding, build confidence in, and enthusiasm for, the Organization's capacity to lead and deliver a reliable state-of-the-art PCT system with a view to enlarge the user base.
  • Represent WIPO at high-level international, regional and national meetings.  Provide strategic and authoritative advice regarding organizational position, opportunities and risks, and demonstrate the highest value to clients, stakeholders and beneficiaries in relation to their interest and investment.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

WIPO is seeking candidatures from senior-level professionals working in the area of intellectual property, either in public or private sectors, as a subject matter expert, in an international environment in the field of substantive PCT procedures and programme management or administration, including in a senior managerial capacity.

The successful candidate will have an advanced university degree in Law, Science, Engineering or related field (or a first-level university degree plus two years of relevant experience). S/he will show a proven capacity to lead a team of managers in diverse operational and service areas who share decision making on program priorities and policy initiatives, leveraging the organizational position of the PCT with rapidly evolving technologies and diverse client communities and beneficiaries. 

Application Deadline: 15-Jun-2021, 11:59:00 PM

For details on the full set of requirements, and how to apply, please click the Apply button.