Back Associate Legal Officer, Singapore

  • Added Date: Monday, 29 March 2021
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Associate Legal Officer


IP Disputes Section, IP Disputes and External Relations Division, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector

Grade: P2

Contract Duration: 1 year

Duty Station: SG-Singapore

Publication Date: 26-Mar-2021

Application Deadline: 09-Apr-2021, 9:59:00 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

  • Organizational Setting

Coordinating with other vertical and horizontal WIPO Sectors, the IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector (IES) is responsible for helping Member States develop their IP and innovation ecosystems to drive enterprise and economic growth. IES is also responsible for providing support for researchers and innovators, as well as enterprises, including SMEs, in IP commercialization and otherwise using IP for business growth; issues relating to the emergence of IP as an asset class; and the development of advisory expertise in these and related areas, for example, in national IP strategies.

Within IES, the position is located in the IP Disputes Section of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center which is a resource center for the resolution of intellectual property disputes between private parties through methods other than court litigation. The Center's areas of activity are covered by the IP Disputes and External Relations Division and the Internet Dispute Resolution Section. The IP Disputes and External Relations Division includes the IP Disputes Section, the Information and External Relations Section and the Business Development Unit. The IP Disputes Section is responsible for the administration of mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases filed with the Center and various related aspects of the development and promotion of WIPO alternative dispute resolution.

  • Purpose Statement

The incumbent contributes to the legal and organizational work of the Center, including contributing to the development of Center-supported dispute resolution policies tailored to local and regional needs and ensuring their implementation.

  • Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the IP Disputes Section and is based in the Center's Office in Singapore.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Promote in Singapore and in the region the services of the Center in the administration of mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases.
  • Produce materials on WIPO alternative dispute resolution for conferences and training programs. Promote participation at such events, represent the Center and maintain contact with participants.
  • Provide input for the establishment and promotion of new Center-supported dispute resolution policies tailored to local and regional needs and implement such policies.
  • Contribute to the administration of mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases filed with the Center.
  • Provide procedural guidance in relation to WIPO alternative dispute resolution in response to queries received.
Keep abreast of developments, undertake legal and marketing research in local and regional dispute resolution practices relevant to potential demand for the Center's services and contribute to publications on IP alternative dispute resolution. Perform other related duties as required.

3. Requirements

Education (Essential)

First-level university degree in law.

Education (Desirable)

University degree including studies in intellectual property and/or alternative dispute resolution.

Experience (Essential)

At least three years of relevant professional experience, including experience in intellectual property law or alternative dispute resolution in a law firm and/or department or agency. An advanced university degree in law may be accepted in lieu of two years of experience.

Language (Essential)

Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.

Language (Desirable)

Knowledge of other UN languages.

Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Broad understanding of intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution.

An understanding of the use of information technology in the context of dispute resolution processes.

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

Flexibility and team spirit. Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure. Ease and tact in personal contacts at all levels.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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

Job Related Competencies (Desirable)

Good understanding of the procedures applicable to the work of the work unit.

4. Organizational Competencies

  • Communicating effectively.
  • Showing team spirit.
  • Demonstrating integrity.
  • Valuing diversity.
  • Producing results.
  • Showing service orientation.
  • Seeing the big picture.
  • Seeking change and innovation.
  • 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. Please note that this estimate is for information only. The post adjustment multiplier (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change (increase or decrease) without notice. The figures quoted below are based on the March 2021 rate of 77.3% (



Annual salary: $ 47,895

Post adjustment: $ 37,023

Total Salary: $84 ,918

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

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.


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