WIPO or World Intellectual Property Organization is inviting applications from future global IP leaders for its 2-year WIPO Young Experts Program 2022.
About the WIPO YEP
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 through 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.
YEP assignments will be across WIPO and most will consist of a 1-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.
WIPO is pioneering a Young Experts Program (YEP) to train the next generation of global IP leaders to help build innovation ecosystems around the world. Through this 2-year program, young and talented individuals will be groomed to not only understand the technical aspects of IP but also apply them in practice, to make an impact in their countries and regions.
- Unique on-the-job learning: As part of this program, you will learn about IP and the role of WIPO in promoting innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. The program has a blended learning format which includes on-the-job learning and academic training opportunities with our WIPO Academy.
- Mentoring and guidance: As part of the program, you will be assigned mentors to help you hone your management and administrative skills, and build your career. You will be exposed on interesting and impactful projects from day one that will stretch and grow you.
- International network: As part of the YEP community, you will have frequent networking opportunities with top and senior leaders at WIPO. After your program, you will become part of a vibrant network of future global IP leaders, contributing to the development of the global IP ecosystem.
- Work on pressing challenges: YEP professionals will work on meaningful and impactful projects and assignments that address global challenges such as climate change, and the use of IP, innovation and creativity to address these challenges.
- Global community: YEP selectees will be welcomed from across the world and given the opportunity to learn from each other, as well as be in an international agency whose workforce is drawn from 120+ countries. As a Young Expert you will broaden your horizon and enrich your professional perspective.
- Professional experience: YEP trainees will see diplomacy and multilateralism up close, learning how to bridge differences and work toward consensus. As part of the WIPO secretariat, the young professionals will work on providing data, rigorous analysis and other support to Member State delegates in their negotiations on optimizing the global IP system.
- Must be 35 years old or younger at the time of application.
- Must be available to participate in the two-year program 2022-2023 and explicitly confirm this in their application.
- Must express interest in one to three YEP assignments listed under section 2 (Click here for more information on the Assignments).
- Must meet at least the essential requirements for their selected YEP assignments in addition to at least the essential requirements listed below.
- Experience (Essential): At least 2 years of relevant experience.
- Experience (Desirable)
- Experience in the area of Intellectual Property.
- Experience in project management.
- Language (Essential): Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
- Language (Desirable): 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.
- Organizational Competencies
- Communicating effectively.
- Showing team spirit.
- Demonstrating integrity.
- Valuing diversity.
- Producing results.
- Showing service orientation.
- Seeing the big picture.
- Seeking change and innovation.
- Salary: 5000 Swiss francs (CHF) per month [~INR 4 Lacs].
- 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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