World Intellectual Property Organization

What We Look For

WIPO seeks to recruit staff from a wide range of backgrounds, and with diverse experience, languages and expertise.

Staff roles fall into three categories: Directors (D), Professional (P) staff and General Service (G) staff, each with their own grading structure.

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Staff roles

Professional staff are recruited internationally for roles which require a high level of professional knowledge, functional skills and management ability. Job families include:

  • Legal specialists
  • Financial management specialists
  • Communication specialists
  • Public information specialists
  • Program and project management specialists
  • Information and communications technology specialists
  • Translators and revisers
  • Human resources management specialists
  • Operations specialists
  • Procurement specialists
  • Auditors
  • Economists
  • Statisticians

General service staff provide our essential administrative and technical support, and are normally recruited locally. Job families include:

  • Legal
  • Office management
  • Human resources
  • Finance and administration
  • Procurement
  • Information and communications technology
  • Patent and trademark processing
  • Program management


Core competencies for all WIPO employees:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Respecting individual and cultural differences
  • Team spirit
  • Managing yourself
  • Producing results
  • Embracing change
  • Respecting ethics and values

Managerial competencies for staff with supervisory functions:

  • Creating a stimulating work environment
  • Planning and managing resources
  • Promoting change, innovation and learning
  • Building and promoting partnerships
  • Leading WIPO to the future (for Directors and above)

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