The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, is accepting applications for its Young Experts Programme (YEP), which is aimed at forging the next generation of intellectual property (IP) leaders.

The initiative is a two-year programme set to launch in January 2022. It will expose young people with high potential, particularly from developing and least developed countries as well as countries in transition, to the technical and policy aspects of IP.

The programme aims to gear them up for leadership positions within the innovation and creative ecosystems of their home countries and regions. Successful applicants will enjoy a wide-ranging and cohesive WIPO working experience, focused on on-the-job learning through a rotational system for exposure to different sectors, focus areas and colleagues.

YEP will also include a structured programme of mentoring for each young expert as well as regular networking opportunities with top and senior leadership at WIPO. Along with the skills they will gain, the young experts will be encouraged to form a community of peers that will continue long into their careers.

WIPO has pioneered YEP to groom the next generation of IP leaders, in all member states, especially those from developing countries and least developed countries,” WIPO director-general Daren Tang said.

“We are investing in young, talented persons from diverse backgrounds, giving them the exposure needed to understand IP at both a technical and strategic level, as well as nurture them in leadership and administrative skills. In this way, we are not only providing a pathway to an enriching career but also allowing them to contribute to the future economic growth of their countries and regions.”

He added: “We hope that our YEP cohort will leave the program with an enriched and deep understanding of innovation, creativity and IP, and be ready to make an impact, whether in the international, public or private sector.”


The applicants must:

  • Have maximum age of 35 years at the time of application.
  • Be available for two years.
  • Have a university degree.
  • Have a minimum of two years of working experience.
  • Have strong analytical, research, and organisational skills.
  • Have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Have excellent English (written and spoken).

In addition, preferred requirements are as follows:

  • Knowledge/experience in the areas of IP, innovation or creativity.
  • Knowledge of other United Nations languages.

The application deadline is 19 November 2021.

Interested applicants can access the application form here.

View the original call here.

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