World Intellectual Property Organization

Working at WIPO

Working at WIPO means being part of a unique United Nations agency dedicated to making intellectual property work for innovation and creativity.

Our staff work in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams in a stimulating international setting. We work with governments, IP practitioners, civil society and the private sector to administer global IP services, develop international law and standards, set up collaborative networks, and build capacity in the use of IP for development. The majority of positions are based at our Geneva headquarters.

Our staff come from over 110 countries (Photo: WIPO).


WIPO aims to be an employer of choice, offering competitive conditions of service, a rewarding work environment, opportunities for professional development, and a family-friendly, work-life balance.


Remuneration in the Professional and Director categories is made up of two main elements: the base salary, plus the post adjustment element which varies according to the cost of living in the country where the job is based. The post adjustment is added to the base salary in order to provide equivalent living standards at different locations.

The salary scale comprises five Professional levels (P-1 to P-5) and two Director levels (D1 and D2). These scales are applied worldwide by all organizations in the United Nations Common System.

Staff in the General Service category are recruited locally and paid on the local salary scale basis.

  • Professional and Director categories salary scales PDF, Professional & Director categories salary scales
  • General Service salary scales PDF, General Service salary scales

Other benefits

Staff are eligible for 30 days of annual leave per year on a full-time basis (or the pro-rata equivalent). They are covered by the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Scheme, and by worldwide medical and dental insurance.

Other benefits, which vary according to category and level, may include:

  • Dependency allowance
  • Education grant for schools and first-level university education
    (up to 75% of expenses)
  • Home leave for staff member and dependents
  • Life insurance
  • Maternity/paternity/adoption leave
  • Travel and removal expenses, and an appointment grant
  • Rental subsidy

Contract types

We hire on temporary and fixed-term contracts:

Temporary appointments are granted for a period of up to one year, and may be extended to a cumulative length of two years.

Fixed-term appointments are usually granted for an initial period of one to two years, and may be extended further subject to business needs and individual performance.

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