Gender and Diversity Specialist - 19070-FT - $118,404

  • Added Date: Thursday, 14 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 03 April 2019

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Human Resources Management Department (HRMD), Office of the Director General and Related Programs

Grade - P4

Contract Duration - 2 years *

Duty Station

: CH-Geneva

Publication Date

: 07-Mar-2019

Application Deadline

: 03-Apr-2019, 11:59:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE: please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.

1. Organizational Context

a. Organizational Setting

The post is located in the Human Resources Management Department (HRMD). HRMD aims to ensure that WIPO has the human resources necessary to fulfill the Organization’s mandate, through working in strategic and operational partnerships with all sectors of the Organization. WIPO is committed to providing a professional and healthy work environment for its staff using good employment practices in a client-oriented and efficient manner.

b. Purpose Statement

The Gender and Diversity Specialist provides expert advice, policy development and support to managers and colleagues on a wide range of equality and diversity issues.

c. Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Human Resources Management Department (HRMD).

d. Work Relations

The Gender and Diversity Specialist works closely with a variety of stakeholders across the Organization to promote gender parity, awareness and sensitivity, and to launch, develop and implement a range of policies and initiatives to enable the mainstreaming of equality and diversity in all WIPO activities as well as in staffing and Organizational culture.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

a. Provides technical expertise and policy advisory services in the field of gender equality and diversity, particularly in connection with designing and implementing gender equality and diversity strategies and policies;

b. Collects, analyzes and advises senior management on key trends and best practice on gender equality and diversity in other organizations;

c. Assesses existing human resources procedures and policies with a particular view to gender equality and diversity, and articulates and plays a catalyst role to Section Heads in charge of the respective areas in improving the mainstreaming of a gender and diversity perspective;

d. Maintains up-to-date information and data on gender and diversity policy and program developments and emerging issues, and prepares related reports, summaries, statistics and other documents for internal and external use;

e. Drives gender mainstreaming in WIPO’s programs and policies, including the implementation of the WIPO Policy on Gender Equality and monitoring and evaluating its progress; supports program development by reviewing and recommending revisions to proposals and identifying new project opportunities to ensure that programs and services are developed and implemented in line with WIPO’s gender equality and diversity policy;

f. Acts as focal point in the Organization to work and strengthen the WIPO relationship with internal and external stakeholders on gender equality and diversity issues;

g. Writes manuals and training guides and provides expertise in the development and implementation of staff capacity building; develops communication and knowledge sharing mechanisms; prepares tools and guidance notes aimed at attitudinal change, improved daily professional practices, and the application/interpretation of the Organization’s gender equality and diversity policies and procedures;

h. Disseminates information through traditional and social media on WIPO’s initiatives on gender equality and diversity to a broad range of stakeholders as well as Organization-wide;

i. Provides expert technical inputs to related official documents; conducts seminars, workshops and meetings on gender equality and diversity issues as required;

j. Perform other related duties as required.

3. Requirements



Advanced university degree in social sciences, business management, public administration, human resources, law or related field.



At least seven years of relevant professional experience, including relevant experience related to equality and diversity, of which at least four years have been gained in an international environment.


Experience of working in the UN common system.



Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English or French.


Good knowledge of the other language (English or French). Knowledge of other UN languages.

Job Related Competencies


Sound knowledge of equality and diversity issues.

Excellent communication and drafting skills with the ability to deliver expert advice and assistance to a wide range of stakeholders.

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in multi-cultural environment.

Project management skills.

Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work under pressure and to respect deadlines, high degree of flexibility and creativity.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.


Experience of managing equality and diversity issues at strategic, policy and delivery level.

4. Organizational Competencies

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.

5. Information

Mobility:WIPO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director General and may be assigned to any activities, office or duty station of the Organization. Accordingly, the selected candidate may be required to move from time to time to new functions and/or to another duty station.

Annual salary:

Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment. The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. The figures quoted below are based on the March 2019 rate of 67.6%


Annual salary


Post adjustment


Total Salary


Currency USD

Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Additional Information

* Initial period of two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance. No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule 4.9.5.

Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged. Please click on the following links for the list of unrepresented Member States and the list of underrepresented regions and the WIPO Member States in these regions.

The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.


By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.

In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.

Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening. Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.

Additional background checks may be required.

This vacancy is archived.

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