Senior Cost/Data Analyst , World Intellectual Property Oganization (WIPO)

The post is located in the Program Performance and Budget Division, Department of Program Planning and Finance. The Program Performance and Budget Division is responsible for facilitating the planning and budgeting, implementation and monitoring, and assessment of the performance of WIPO's programs in accordance with WIPO's Results-Based Management (RBM) framework and the Financial Regulations and Rules.

The main role of the incumbent is to turn data into information and information into insights in order to deliver meaningful analytics to support business decisions. This includes gathering, transforming, validating, modeling and analyzing operational, financial and business data with the purpose of understanding and drawing conclusions for decision making purposes to enhance WIPO's operating efficiency and performance.

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director, Program Performance and Budget Division.

The incumbent liaises extensively with business areas throughout the Organization, including the Chief Economist and the Finance Division.
Main duties:

The incumbent performs the following principal duties:

(a) Initiate, coordinate and conduct analyses on organizational performance of WIPO's business operations in order to determine workload drivers, workload evolution and cost structures of products and services, and to identify performance and budgetary issues, opportunities and risks, with the purpose of enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of product and service delivery, as well as the management of revenue and cost. Advise Senior and Program Managers on implications and needs within the framework of WIPO's strategic objectives;

(b) Initiate, coordinate and conduct cost-benefit analyses and analyses on the distribution and use of resources and financial performance; monitor and analyze programmatic and budgetary proposals and other resource requests and recommend changes in orientation and resource levels;

(c) Perform on-going analyses of evolution of income and expenditure identifying main underlying factors for observed trends;

(d) Produce and present regular and ad-hoc clear and succinct analysis and reports targeted at different levels of decision-making, including Member States, senior management and directors;

(e) Develop detailed analysis of income forecasts provided by the Chief Economist and projected expenditure based on cost models for products and services, to support the preparation of the biennial Program and Budget;

(f) Provide detailed analysis of resource utilization to support the development of the annual and biennial Program Performance Report;

(g) Identify cost efficiency opportunities, and recommend measures for implementation;

(h) Identify data sources, develop and implement reliable data collection systems and develop strategies for enhancing data quality. Adopt a continuous improvement approach to review and redevelop reports to ensure these remain relevant to dynamic changes in the Organization;

(i) Perform other related duties as required.

WIPO Core Competencies
  1. Communicating effectively.
  2. Respecting individual and cultural differences.
  3. Showing team spirit.
  4. Managing yourself.
  5. Producing results.
  6. Embracing change.
  7. Respecting ethics and values.

  • Advanced university degree in business, finance, cost accounting or related discipline. A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the experience required below may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • At least nine years of professional experience in cost analytics or cost accounting with a proven track record in data analysis, including data validation and analysis of large datasets.
  • Experience in designing business reports and using visualization tools for communication and reporting purposes.

  • Strong cost accounting skills, including strong knowledge of costing methodologies.
  • Strong investigative mindset and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Technical expertise on building data models and mining data.
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate financial data to non-financial audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and particularly Excel) and the Internet.
  • Proficient user of an ERP system (e.g. Oracle or PeopleSoft).
  • Knowledge of results-based management.
  • Familiarity with the use of reporting packages.

  • Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of other UN official languages.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
69,032 USD
74,130 USD (with primary dependants)
Post adjustment: 82.8 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
Additional Information:

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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.

Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

* Initial period of two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance. No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.

This vacancy announcement is available in English only.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule 4.9.4.
Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening.
**Please refer to WIPO's Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.
Applications from qualified women candidates are encouraged.
**The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.

**Initial appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical examination.
**Not applicable for interns and to Individual Contractual Service subscribers.
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