Senior Project Manager - 19058-TA

  • Added Date: Thursday, 14 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 15 March 2019

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Security and Information Assurance Division, Administration and Management Sector

Grade - P4

Contract Duration - 1 year

Duty Station

: CH-Geneva

Publication Date

: 28-Feb-2019

Application Deadline

: 15-Mar-2019, 12:59:00 AM

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 Security and Information Assurance Division (SIAD), Administration and Management Sector. The Division is responsible for the management of all aspects of WIPO's information security and physical security/safety and ensures that appropriate policies and procedures are in place and effective measures and controls are established to facilitate the secure delivery of business and technology services.

b. Purpose Statement

WIPO is looking to develop and improve its digital products and services to support and facilitate users of intellectual property systems in their pursuit of most effective and efficient protection of their intellectual assets and ideas.
The Senior Project Manager will manage projects in relation to the acquisition, development and rollout of new digital services and products. S/he is expected to balance scope, budget, schedule, business alignment, competing priorities, project risks and communications and ensure project completeness, quality, and timely delivery.

c. Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Chief Security Officer.

d. Work Relations

The Senior Project Manager works with stakeholders from across the organization to ensure the successful delivery of project goals.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

a. Take responsibility for the definition, documentation and successful completion of all phases of complex projects; identify, analyze, plan and design project objectives, approach and scope based on business needs; manage the implementation, documentation against agreed project management standards and realization of benefits for key business technology projects.

b. Monitor project milestones, and key performance indicators; identify and resolve potential issues; track actual vs. projected expenses, analyze variances, and forecast spend; propose project risk remediation to project boards for review and decision-making; develop dashboards and other monitoring tools to track and effectively communicate implementation progress.

c. Work closely with all project stakeholders, considering views of all stakeholders and addressing issues; ensure that products and services are aligned with expectations and business needs.

d. Ensure an effective system of project governance through the provision of expert advice to Project Boards on risk based project priorities, dependencies, and investment decisions, organization of Project Board meetings and action tracking and conducting formal reviews at project completion to confirm acceptance and satisfaction by stakeholders.

e. Lead and direct project team consisting of internal project team members and external service providers; empower and motivate the team and encourage a sustainable pace with high levels of quality; monitor and evaluate team performance against plans.

f. Develop documents for tendering exercises, evaluate responses and assist in the selection of service providers and vendors.

g. Provide support for the preparation of WIPO Program and Budget and Performance Reports, with an emphasis on data validation and analysis.

h. Carry out any other related duties as required.

3. Requirements

Education (Essential)

Advanced university degree in business administration, finance, economics, computer science, marketing or a related discipline. A first-level university degree in a relevant discipline plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the years of experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Qualification in project or program management such as PRINCE2, and/or MSP.

Experience (Essential)

At least seven years' relevant professional experience in regulated industries, preferably Financial or Information Technology, or related to Intellectual Property.
Several years' experience managing business technology projects, programs or portfolios related to information security, software development, systems analysis and design, or customer experience practices, involving the processing of sensitive information across multiple IT and business teams.

Experience (Desirable)

Experience in managing business technology projects and programs in the areas of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Identity and Access Management, Application Development/Implementation, and New Product Development (NPD).

Language (Essential)

Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.

Language (Desirable)

Knowledge of other UN official languages, particularly French.

Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Knowledge of project management frameworks and leading tools in the areas of estimation and cost management, cost benefit analyses, business case development, business value demonstration, contract management, and effective program performance reporting.
Familiarity with PMBOK, TCM, agile and lean project management, and tools such as Microsoft Project.
Familiarity with a broad range of technologies supplemented by in-depth knowledge in specific areas of relevance.
Excellent analytical skills.
Excellent project and change management skills.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Job Related Competencies (Desirable)

Knowledge of (i) enterprise and security architecture principles and models; (ii) identity and access management technologies; (iii) infrastructure security: n-tier architectures, PKI, firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention tools, endpoint security, API security, server and network security, database security (SQL DB/Oracle); (iv) application development and DevSecOps; (v) cloud-based technologies in AWS, Microsoft or other CSPs; (vii) New Product Development (NPD) process.

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

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 February 2019 rate of 67.7%.


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Post adjustment


Total Salary


Currency USD

Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations (not applicable for the External Offices).

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

Additional Information

Temporary appointments are renewable, subject to continuing needs, availability of budget and satisfactory performance with a maximum cumulative length of two years.

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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