Job: Interim Head of Records and Archives

8/29/17 – Interim Head of Records and Archives Section
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Records and Archives Section, Conference and General Services Division, Administration and Management Sector, Geneva, Switzerland

Grade – P4

Contract Duration – 1 year

Application deadline : 10-Sep-2017, 9:59:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE:  please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local date and time.

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.

 

  1.  Organizational Setting

The position is located in the Records and Archives Section of the Conference and General Services Division, Administration and Management Sector

The Section is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures governing the creation, management, protection and preservation of WIPO’s organizational records; and for managing the WIPO archive. The Section also administers the daily registration, distribution and tracking of official correspondence (excluding transactions relating to WIPO’s global IP registration systems). The role of the Section is evolving to include wider participation in the development of cross-cutting knowledge management strategies and good practices to support WIPO’s business needs.

Purpose Statement

The Head of Section will lead the Section for up to two years through a transitional period of changing roles and requirements in this area. The Head will work with the Director of the Division to deliver policies and initiatives that strengthen records management as well as wider knowledge management at WIPO, including in the context of the introduction of an integrated Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Conference and General Services Division.

  1.  Duties and responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

(a)      Review – and develop proposals to improve – internal business-processes, systems, resources, policies and practices in relation to WIPO’s record management objectives.

(b)      Oversee the implementation and use of records management-related digital capabilities in the roll-out of WIPO’s new ECM system, ensuring consistency with business and user needs.  Collaborate with the ECM project teams to support the ongoing integration of the system within WIPO’s wider information management framework.

(c)      Provide expert advice to WIPO managers and staff, leveraging knowledge of records and archive management and technologies to encourage best practice across the Organization.

(d)      Deliver training, capacity-building and awareness-raising activities for WIPO staff to help build a systematic records management culture. Educate staff in the use of the ECM system for records management and wider knowledge management purposes, fostering appropriate changes in working practices. Review and continue to improve guidance and information materials for staff, including on the Intranet.

(e)      Work with internal stakeholders to ensure that records management-related tools are kept up-to-date, comply with relevant policies, and are communicated and used effectively, including Records Retention Schedules, the Records Management Classification scheme and business unit File Plans.

(f)       Assist the Director of the Division in the development and implementation of an Organization-wide strategic roadmap to strengthen knowledge management at WIPO as a means of enhancing organizational performance. Identify and promote examples of existing knowledge management good practices within the Organization. Develop new initiatives to help foster a knowledge-sharing culture.

(g)      Manage the operational work of the Section, determining priorities and allocating resources for the timely and quality delivery of outputs in accordance with the annual work-plans and WIPO’s results-based management framework.

(h)      Manage and supervise the staff of the Section; provide regular feedback on performance, identify training needs and build capacity to meet evolving needs; cultivate good cooperation and teamwork amongst colleagues within and outside the Section.

(i)            Perform other related duties as required.

 

  1.  Requirements

Education

Advanced university degree in the field of information management, records and archives management, knowledge management or related subject.  A first-level university degree plus another two years of relevant experience in addition to the experience requested below may be taken in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience

At least nine years relevant professional experience, including experience of archives and records management in an international organization.

Experience of promoting and managing change from paper to digital records management processes.

Experience of developing and implementing knowledge management initiatives.

Desirable

Experience and knowledge of the OpenText Content Suite platform.

Languages

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.

Desirable: Good knowledge of French.

Job-related competencies

Essential

Mastery of digital records management tools and capabilities within an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system.

Strong people and resource management skills.

Strong change management skills, with the proven ability to champion and drive change.

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including analysis of requirements, processes and workflows.

Excellent presentation skills, with the ability to communicate and advocate for records management best practices with diverse audiences.

High level of client-orientation.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the ability to quickly adapt to new software and tools.

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

Desirable

Project management skills.

 Organizational competencies

Communicating effectively.

Respecting individual and cultural differences.

Showing team spirit.

Managing yourself.

Producing results.

Embracing change.

Respecting ethics and values.

 

WIPO Managerial Competencies

  1. Creating a stimulating work environment.
  2. Planning and managing resources.
  3. Promoting change, innovation and learning.
  4. Building and promoting partnerships.
  5. Leading WIPO to the future.

 

  1.  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.  The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.  The figures quoted below are based on the August 2017 rate of 78.3%

 

P4
Annual salary       $70,647
Post adjustment       $55,317
Total Salary       $125,964
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.

 

Internships: Archivists (2)

2.2.17 – Archives Interns
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Geneva, Switzerland

Date of issue:02-02-2017

Closing date (Geneva time zone):16-02-2017
Duration:3 months each position

Background

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Organizational Context

Archives contribute to the organization in three main ways. They foster and facilitate: 1. Organizational Memory: as evidence of past actions, the archives can help to avoid duplication of effort by acting as sources of information on key issues or problems that the Federation faces again and again. 2. Historical Research: the archives are everyday business records that have been preserved, so they can give a researcher a closer look at the way the Federation operated in the past than any other source. 3. Accountability: the archives can be checked to ensure that the activities and responsibilities that have been entrusted to the Federation have been carried out as effectively as possible.

Job Purpose

The Federation is looking to hire two archival studies students for 13 weeks to work on archival arrangement and description projects. The projects will be suitable for students going into the second year of archives studies. The students must be able to read French, as some of the records are only in French. The students will have to work fairly independently, and often with limited supervision.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

– Appraise (in consultation with supervisor) records in storage to determine which should be transferred to the Archives.
– Arrange and describe the records, and enter the descriptions into a database.
– Assess the physical condition of the records and identify those requiring conservation treatment.
– Re-box and re-file the records.

Education

Completion of first year of archival studies.

Experience

Knowledge, skills and languages

Must be able to read French. Ability to speak French is useful but is not essential.

Competencies and values

Accountability Professionalism Teamwork Communication Innovation

Comments

Successful candidates could start April 24th or May 1st.