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New Criminal Investigations of WIPO

Posted on 28 December 2007 by Gaffer

Still another criminal complaint has been filed against the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as a new scandal breaks over the international organization which forms an important part of the United Nations landscape in Geneva and employs over a thousand staff.

A while back (see our archives) the Organization suffered a scandal over its Director —Kamil Idriss— who was belatedly discovered to have exercised excessive creativity in his curriculum vitae and was forced to discretely retire.

Now Mr. Idriss’ colleagues are in prosecutor’s crosshairs concerning strange paractices in the medical service of the Organization.

The Geneva public prosecutor has been called in concerning a criminal complaint for “fraud, swindling, accomplice to fraud, falsifying documents, falsification of medical certificates” and a raft of other charges. The complaints target the chief of the medical service at Jobs at WIPO in Geneva to disappear

WIPO, a certain Doctor N., a physiotherapist (Madame S.) and the Belgian insurance company Vanbreda.

The plaintiffs have accused the Organization of a series of abuses tolerated and sometimes even encouraged by WIPO’s director. The plaintiffs have cited cases of persons who were never part of WIPO but who were able to obtain health care benefits and reimbursements thanks to Dr. N. A member of the Soudanese mission was thusly able to fraudulently receive health benefits by using the insurance number of an ex-employee (the ex-Director General of WIPO, Kamil Idriss, is Soudanese).

This practice has apparently been frequent, in view of the multiplicity and diversity of testimony.

The investigations and prosecutions will notably have to examine as Corruption at WIPO Geneva

well an alleged traffic in medicines and false prescriptions, as well as phony invoices. Plaintiffs discovered large quantities of products were ordered by an intermediary for the Medical Service of WIPO, without anyone’s knowing the final destination for the pharmaceuticals. In less polite circles, the term ‘drug trafficking’ tends to be employed.

Reached by phone recently, the chief of the Medical Service at WIPO claimed to be unaware of any complaint lodged against him or his service. He further claimed to the victim of bad rumors. “I have nothing to hide,” he added. “We doctors, we have an ethic and procedures. It’s very serious to make such allegations.” He went to add that he was extremely shocked to hear such unfounded accusations.

In their complaint, the WIPO employees repeat that N., who was previously working in Ferney-Voltaire (a French town bordering Geneva), was expelled from the local medical association for lapses in medical ethics, just before being fortuitously hired by WIPO’s then director Kamil Idriss.

In July, PWC noted other problems in a systemic audit of the organization, among them staff abuse of “flextime,” promotions and post reclassification based on length of service rather than merit, and the prevalence of managers who are not competent. WIPO employs over 1000 staff and has an attractive tower in downtown Geneva with a superb view of the lake and a top-floor restaurant. Job vacancies are routinely posted to their website at http://www.wipo.int

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Getting a U.N. Internship

Posted on 05 June 2007 by Fixer

If you are not from Switzerland or from the European Union, finding an entry level job in Switzerland is extremely difficult. Recent graduates often pursue an internship before seeking employment.

The United Nations and international organizations in Geneva offer myriad internships and this is one of the ways young professionals and students can find work in Switzerland, without the problem of obtaining a work permit.

There are several ways students and young professionals can go about finding a UN internship. Below are some recommended steps. UN internships are generally unpaid and therefore this option — while an interesting way to parachute into work in Switzerland, experience the life, and perhaps look for more profitable employment— is not for everyone.

Consider the type of job you ultimately want to find and whether the given internship will fit in with your academic, professional or career internships in geneva switzerlandobjectives. And consider whether the internship will offer a realistic chance of leading to a job in an international organization in Switzerland.

A quick check of the different internet web sites of the UN organizations will inform you whether these programs or agencies are doing the sort of work which interests you. Consider emailing and even phoning people in or around the organization who might help you.

If you seek academic credit for your internship, you should look at a study-internship program. There are several such programs in Geneva and elsewhere that offer courses in combination with an internship.

Almost all the international organizations have internship programs and they each have their own application form,

process and timeline. You will need to check each organization’s web site for specific information and instructions.

Prepare your CV : consult books or online resources, or our tips (see prior postings) for examples of practices for CVs in Europe. Most applications are accepted by email, but you may actually have to write our some by hand and send them via regular mail.

The application process for the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme differs from the other organizations within the U.N. system.

Most of the HR services of the international organizations in Geneva put all the applications of interns seeking a job into a database. The organization’s staff then check these databases if they want an intern.

This system, combined with the fact that many U.N. staff in Geneva don’t even know they can find a free intern this way, makes the following very important: follow up. After having you’re your application for employment as an intern at one of the international organizations in Geneva, follow it up with an email to someone working in the area, division or section where you seek to work. You might find the contact info of such a person by checking the website thoroughly or examining the names on reports published by the organization – try calling the organization if you have to. Ask they have seen your curriculum vitae and your application.

In your email, write that you know about their work, that you know the internship will be unpaid, and discuss your qualifications, and that you have sent your official internship application to their HR office.

They probably won’t realize that they need you until you contact them in this way.

internships at the United Nations in GenevaAn internship is usually 3-6 months. Once you start your internship you will be inside the structure, have physical access to the different organizations and you can start your search for a job, start networking, circulate your curriculum vitae among your new acquaintances, and begin consulting the job boards, meeting people within the organizations and looking for regular employment at one of the international organizations.

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New Humanitarian Organization to be based in Geneva

Posted on 20 April 2007 by info

find a job in Geneva - public service and humanitarian

Those seeking Swiss job opportunities in public administration, international civil service, or non-governmental organizations have many job offers in the Geneva area due to the presence of the United Nations and its satellite system of organizations.

Professional jobs across the whole recruitment spectrum attract candidates from all over the world.

A new international organization will be opened in Geneva this September, adding to the long list of international organizations, foundations and humanitarian employers based in Switzerland and creating more employment and career opportunities in Switzerland.

The United Nations, international and nongovernmental organizations and related structures are responsible for close to 20,000 jobs. The International Organizations recruit staff from all over the world and have job vacancies across all disciplines.

The new organization will be an international humanitarian organization, based on the formula of the World Economic Forum, and will be headed by Kofi Annan, the erst Secretary-General of the United Nations. Little is known at this time about the scope of the new organization, nor how many jobs will be created, but it is expected that the organization will organize annual forums and mobilize the world’s powerful for humanitarian causes.

The World Economic Forum employs roughly 200 people at its campus in Cologny. The Forum is an important Leman area employer also constantly seeking to recruit top professionals for event organization, coordination, marketing, logistics, and other positions. For candidates from abroad looking for a job in Switzerland, it is worth while to look at the job offers on the WEF website.

The new humanitarian organization will be seated in the Villa Rigot, just next to the Palais des Nations. As soon as there is a website or address to which employment and career inquiries can be made or job postings can be seen, we will inform our readership so that they can address their employment inquiries.

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The International Organisations of Geneva

Posted on 21 February 2007 by LegalBeagle

The International Organizations
The international organizations – the United Nations, the World Intellectual Property Organization, The World Health Organization, The International Labor Organization, etc… – are a world unto themselves, unique workplace environments governed by a logic all their own. Because these structures do not actually have to earn, through market competition, the budget monies they spend, their structures reflect a mode of functioning common to government and international civil service, and one needs to consider this carefully before embarking on a strategy for seeking employment therein. Most of these organisations are situated in Geneva, which is considered a highly desirable place to live.

Employment at the International Organizations is highly sought after because it is much more highly paid than private sector employment, the working conditions are excessively advantageous (i.e., 6-8 weeks annual vacation leave), and no Swiss working permit is necessary.

All the International Organizations have websites, and on those websites they post their job offerings. As a rule, one can apply directly from the Organization’s website by filling out a lengthy questionnaire that some bureaucrat in the HR department was paid half a year’s salary to design and which appears to have been obviously largely copied from elsewhere. You may be annoyed by this, but admit it: you wouldn’t be applying for a job there if you weren’t yourself attracted by the prospect of being highly paid to do very little. So don’t complain and listen up: if you apply via the website and don’t vigorously follow up with phonecalls and try to identify and speak with the actual principals in the department that is hiring, you will have little chance. Remember, you should expect and adopt contingency plans for incompetence all along the line. In the International Organizations, if you don’t do the job (regardless of whether the job is someone else’s responsibility), it is unlikely the job will be done.

To find work in Switzerland at an International Organization, one must take a different approach from that taken when seeking a job in the private sector. In the private sector, who you are and what you can accomplish and produce are the primary elements on which you will be assessed. However, in the international organizations, where competence is the exception rather than the rule, the prospective candidate will be judged excessively on his ‘paper accomplishments.’ It is therefore extremely important to dedicate preponderant efforts to one’s curriculum vitae and to the ‘legend’ one will ultimately project in an interview. In this environment, it is very common to exaggerate and misrepresent whatever cannot be easily verified.

An example of this practice can be seen in the career of Kamil Idris, who rose all the way through the ranks of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to become its Director General.

The Case of Kamil Idris
WIPO Geneva When Idris joined The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1982, he understood right away that his age and ‘experience’ would be an obstacle to acceding rapidly to a high post, or perhaps any post at all. Professional grade positions within the international organisations are classified according to levels from P1 through P6 (at P5 one enjoys already diplomatic privileges) and then from D1 through D3. The Sudanese Idris, who looked somewhat older than his 28 years, changed his birthday from 1954 to 1945, thereby becoming 37 and gaining 9 years of fictitious paper experience to put on his c.v. Since his fictitious experience was mainly in various government offices in Sudan, who in WIPO would possibly check it? His impressive c.v. with its creative credentials allowed him to slip into WIPO at the high professional grade of P4, which carries a tax-free salary of approximately $10,000 / month.

The same high level of HR competence which permitted Mr. Idris to enter WIPO would have permitted him to remain with his fraudulent credentials undetected had it not been for M. Idris’ own irrepressible desire to escape WIPO’s inflexible rules for retirement. To avoid having to leave his well-paid Director-General’s post, he fortuitously ‘caught’ the error in his birthdate roughly 25 years after the fact. It now behooves him to become 53 rather than 62.

To Seem is To Be
The moral of this story is that within the international organizations, to seem is to be. To enter into this highly comfortable and insulated world, you need to prepare carefully your strategy and paperwork, and you need to be in it for the long run. While it is possible to move from the private sector to a position within an International Organization, it is practically impossible once you have been working inside an International Organization for more than a couple of years to move into the private sector: the widespread assumption is that you are lazy or incompetent.


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Employment at WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization

Posted on 20 February 2007 by info

International Organizations are almost always hiring. Since one doesn’t need a work permit to work in Switzerland at any of the international organizations and one automatically obtains the right to residence in Switzerland, they are an ideal place to start to look for employment in Switzerland, particularly if you are coming from a non-EEC country.

Refer to our other articles about international organizations for additional information.

Below is a list of current job openings at WIPO – the World Intellectual Property Organization. Further information on these current job openings can be found on the WIPO website.

Vacancy Announcement No. P1846 Program Officer, grade P.3
Examination and Registration Section, International Registrations Operations Service, International Registrations Division, Sector of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications
Closing date for receipt of applications: Mar 23, 2007

Vacancy Announcement No. P1848 Assistant Translator, grade P.2
French Translation Unit, Translation Section, International Registrations Operations Service, International Registrations Division, Sector of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications
Closing date for receipt of applications: Mar 23, 2007

Vacancy Announcement No. P1845 Budget Officer, grade P.3
Budget Section Office of the Controller Closing date for receipt of applications: Mar 8, 2007

Vacancy Announcement No. P1843 Head, grade P.5 Classification and IP Standards Division, PCT and Patents, Arbitration and Mediation Center, and Global Intellectual Property Issues Closing date: Mar 8, 2007

Vacancy Announcement No. P1842 Head, grade P.5 French Translation Section, PCT Translation Service, PCT Operations Division Closing date for receipt of applications: Mar 8, 2007

Vacancy Announcement No. P1841 Head, grade P.5 English Translation Section, PCT Translation Service, PCT Operations Division Closing date for receipt of applications: Mar 8, 2007


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II: Find Employment : Job Openings at WHO, Geneva

Posted on 17 February 2007 by info

The International Organizations are an ideal place to start to look for work in Switzerland, particularly if you are coming from an non-European Community country and therefore subject to strict scrutiny for a private sector work permit…

Previous postings have discussed the work in the international organizations. (…Employment at the International Organizations is highly sought after …….)

Further information on the following current job offers and the application process can be obtained from the WHO website.
Part II : Current Vacancies at World Health Organization, Geneva :

Finance Officer Vacancy Number: ACT/07/FT130 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland;
Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 13 Mar 2007

Head of the Convention Secretariat Vacancy Number: HQ/07/NMH/FT1 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: D1 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 10 Mar 2007

Health Cluster Support Hub Officer Vacancy Number: HQ/07/SPS/FT190 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 30 Mar 2007

Health Law Specialist Vacancy Number: HQ/07/TFI/TA88 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P4 Contract Type: Temporary appointment Closing Date: 16 Mar 2007

Health Policy Analyst Vacancy Number: HQ/07/HDS/FT208 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 05 Apr 2007

Health Systems Analyst Vacancy Number: EIP/07/FT170 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 16 Mar 2007

IT Specialist (Network Engineer – LAN Operations) – multiple positions; Vacancy: HQ/07/ITT/FT177 Duty Station: GENEVA; Grade: P3 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 22 Mar 2007

IT Specialist (Product Lead: Business Process Management – Corporate Management Systems)
Vacancy Number: GMG/07/FT105 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 11 Mar 2007

IT Specialist (Senior Systems Engineer – Platform Services); Vacancy Number: GMG/07/FT119 Duty Station: GENEVA; Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 11 Mar 2007

IT Specialist (Systems Engineer – Global Directory and Authentication); Vacancy: GMG/07/FT129 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P4 Contract: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 14 Mar 2007

Media Officer – UNITAID Vacancy Number: HQ/07/DG/FT203 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P3 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 01 Apr 2007

Medical Officer Vacancy Number: HQ/07/FCH/TA83 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P5 Contract Type: Temporary appointment Closing Date: 29 Mar 2007

Medical Officer Vacancy Number: RHR/07/FT135 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P5 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 28 Mar 2007

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer-UNITAID Vacancy Number: HQ/07/DG/FT204 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 01 Apr 2007

Organizational Development Officer Vacancy Number: TGF/07/FT195 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 22 Mar 2007

Policy and Projects Officer, Proposal Avisory Services; Vacancy Number: TGF/06/FT794 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 16 Mar 2007

Portfolio Manager (Malaria)-UNITAID Vacancy Number: HQ/07/DG/FT205 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 01 Apr 2007

Portfolio Manager (TB) – UNITAID Vacancy Number: HQ/07/DG/FT206 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 01 Apr 2007


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Job Openings at the ITU, Geneva

Posted on 17 February 2007 by Mr Bureau

The fastest was to work in Switzerland without administrative hassle is to find a job at an international organization.
This is easier said than done, but there are nonetheless many vacancies each month and living in Geneva is considered to be highly desirable and a great city to raise children in.

Here is a list of current vacancies at the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva.

P02-2007 – P5 – Study Group Counsellor, Study Group Department, Radiocommunication Bureau 16.04.07 F S

P03-2007 – P2 – Promotion Officer, Text Editing and Publications Division, Informatics, Administration and Publications Department, Radiocommunication Bureau 16.04.07 F S

P04-2007 – P2 – Radiocommunication Engineer/Programmer, Terrestrial Applications Software Division, Informatics, Administration and Publications Department, Radiocommunication Bureau 16.04.07 F S

P05-2007 – P3 – Administrative Officer, Office of the Secretary-General, General Secretariat 16.04.07 F S

P06-2007 – P4 – Translator/Reviser (Arabic), Arabic Translation Section, Conferences and Publications Department, General Secretariat 16.04.07 F S


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Recruitment – International Organizations – WHO

Posted on 16 February 2007 by Mr Bureau

The International Organizations are an ideal place to start to look for work in Switzerland, particularly if you are coming from an non European Community country and therefor subject to strict scrutiny for a private sector work permit.

The dozens of international civil service organizations based in Geneva have job openings which do not require permission from the Swiss government to work or reside in Switzerland.

Previous postings have discussed the international organizations’ working environment. (…Employment at the International Organizations is highly sought after because it is much more highly paid than private sector employment, the working conditions are excessively advantageous -i.e., 6-8 weeks annual vacation leave), and no Swiss working permit is necessary….)

Below is a list of current job openings at the World Health Organization. Further information and the application process can be obtained from the WHO website. Note our previous caveats on this website as to securing employment at an international organization. (…All the International Organizations have websites, and on those websites they post their job offerings….)

Part I : Current Vacancies at World Health Organization, Geneva :

Business Analyst Vacancy Number: TGF/07/TA89 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P3 Contract Type: Temporary appointment Closing Date: 18 Mar 2007

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER Vacancy Number: DG/07/FT108 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 05 Mar 2007

Coordinator ( Chief Operating Officer) Vacancy Number: HQ/07/EIP/TA85 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P-6 Contract Type: Temporary appointment Closing Date: 16 Mar 2007

Coordinator (Supply Chain Management) Vacancy Number: HTM/07/FT114 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P5 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 07 Mar 2007

Coordinator, Finance Service Center Vacancy Number: SCG/07/FT137 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P5 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 14 May 2007

Coordinator, Promoting Family Planning Vacancy Number: HQ/07/RHR/FT201 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: P5 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 13 Apr 2007

Data Manager Vacancy Number: NMH/06/TA440 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P1 Contract Type: Temporary appointment Closing Date: 27 Mar 2007

Deputy Director of Operations Vacancy Number: TGF/06/FT838 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: D1 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 23 Mar 2007

Director, Communications Department Vacancy Number: HQ/07/DGO/FT193 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland; Grade: D1 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 29 Mar 2007

Donor Relations Officer Vacancy Number: TGF/07/FT194 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P4 Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment Closing Date: 22 Mar 2007

Editor Vacancy Number: HQ/07/TFI/TA87 Duty Station: GENEVA Switzerland
Grade: P3 Contract Type: Temporary appointment Closing Date: 16 Mar 2007


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