Application Deadline: November 19th, 2021
WIPO’s Young Experts Program is a brand new initiative, aimed at forging the next generation of intellectual property leaders. The two-year program hosted at WIPO is designed to expose young people with high potential, particularly from developing and least developed countries, as well as countries in transition, to the technical and policy aspects of IP. The program aims to gear them up for leadership positions within the innovation and creative ecosystems of their home countries and regions. YEP selectees will enjoy a wide-ranging and cohesive WIPO working experience, focused on on-the-job learning trough a rotational system for exposure to different sectors, focus areas and colleagues. The YEP will also include a structured program of mentoring for each Young Expert as well as regular networking opportunities with top and senior leadership at WIPO.
WIPO expects the Young Experts to bring fresh ideas and experiences to WIPO and, for them to share our values, passion and dedication towards attaining our mission – to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system.
The two-year program hosted at WIPO is designed to expose young people with high potential, particularly from developing and least developed countries as well as countries in transition, to the technical and policy aspects of IP. The program aims to gear them up for leadership positions within the innovation and creative ecosystems of their home countries and regions.
YEP assignments will be across WIPO and most will consist of a one-year technical assignment combined with a one-year broader assignment in development. The selected Young Experts will be allocated to assignments in accordance with organizational needs and priorities and based on the profile and expressed interest of the candidates.
The Young Expert will be assigned a direct supervisor and be under the general guidance of the relevant Sector Lead.
The Young Expert will work with colleagues in Divisions and Departments across the whole of WIPO, as well as external partners.
To be eligible to apply candidates must be 35 years old or younger at the time of application.
Candidates must be available to participate in the two-year program 2022-2023 and explicitly confirm this in their application.
Candidates must express interest in one to three YEP assignments listed under section 2. Candidates must meet at least the essential requirements for their selected YEP assignments in addition to at least the essential requirements listed below.
At least 2 years of relevant experience.
Experience in the area of Intellectual Property.
Experience in project management.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
Knowledge of any other United Nations official languages.
Job Related Competencies (Essential)
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment.
Excellent organizational skills.
Excellent research, analytical skills and drafting
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.
– Young Experts will receive a monthly stipend of 5,000 CHF.
– WIPO provides medical and accident insurance coverage during the course of the program.
– Contribution toward travel expenses will be provided. If necessary, WIPO may provide assistance in obtaining an entry visa to Switzerland.
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