Application Deadline:Monday October 8, 2018 (6:00 p.m. Geneva time)
Since 2009, when the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program was launched, members of indigenous and local communities have worked in WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division on issues relevant to indigenous peoples.
The WIPO Indigenous Fellowship builds on a series of initiatives to ensure that indigenous peoples are actively and effectively involved in the work of WIPO on issues that matter to them. It recognizes, and seeks to foster, the strong legal expertise that exists within indigenous peoples, and offers a professional opportunity to an indigenous person to work within the WIPO Secretariat.
The Indigenous Fellow will work in WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division and be involved in a program of work that is directly relevant to issues of concern to indigenous peoples, including the IGC process, WIPO’s outreach to indigenous peoples and local communities, WIPO’s capacity building activities, and WIPO’s cooperation with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
These include the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC), outreach to indigenous peoples and local communities, WIPO’s cooperation with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The fellowship responds to the reciprocal needs for stronger capacity in the rapidly growing domain of indigenous IP law and for strengthened capacity on IP law and policy for indigenous lawyers and policy advisers.
The Indigenous Fellow is expected to meet the following requirements:
• Be a recognized and active member of an indigenous community;
• Have proven experience in indigenous outreach and in participation in indigenous
organizations and networks, including in an international context;
• Hold legal qualifications, or equivalent in practical experience and community work,
preferably with specific components related to intellectual property law;
• Show ability to work effectively in English; the ability to work fluently and prepare
documents suitable for publication in at least one other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese,
French, Russian or Spanish) would be an advantage.
Having a record of relevant publications (general awareness-raising, formal legal analysis or scholarly publications) would be an asset.
The Indigenous Fellow will be selected on the basis of a demonstrated capacity to contribute directly to the approved program outputs established in the WIPO Program and Budget. The Fellow will need to be available to commence the Fellowship in Geneva in the course of December 2018 or January 2019.
- Term of fellowship: One year, renewable for one further year only.
Location: WIPO Headquarters, Geneva
Travel expenses and a monthly stipend are payable; details are available on request.
Expressions of interest, formulated through statements by the candidate addressing each of the requirements set out above, accompanied only by a comprehensive curriculum vitae (résumé), should be sent to:
Traditional Knowledge Division
World Intellectual Property Organization
34 chemin des Colombettes,
1211 Geneva 20,
or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or by fax (+41 22 338 8120)
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