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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Director. Languages, Documentation & Information Management. WTO, Geneva. Open until 31 January 2011

The recruitment policy of the WTO is to seek to attract and retain staff members offering the highest standards of competence, efficiency and integrity.
As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the WTO gives full regard to merit and diversity.


Vacancy Notice No.: EXT/F/10-35

Title: Director

Grade: 11

Contract Type: Fixed-term

Starting Salary: CHF 197,100 net per annum (approximate) Issued On: 3 December 2010
(47 day(s) until closing date)

Currently accepting applications

Application Deadline: 31 January 2011

Division: Languages, Documentation & Information Management

Duration: Two years with the possibility of extension

Conditions: In accordance with WTO Staff Regulations and Staff Rules and WTO Pension Plan Regulations. The World Trade Organization offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, separation grant and 30 days annual leave. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, installation grant, education grant, rental subsidy and home leave.
Additional information on the compensation package is provided on the WTO website:

The Secretariat of the WTO is seeking to fill the position of Director in the Languages, Documentation and Information Management Division. The ideal candidate should have extensive managerial and leadership experience as well as an excellent understanding of areas ranging from language services, documents production to information management. Serving staff members interested in the position are invited to apply.

General Functions

The incumbent will lead the Languages, Documentation and Information Management Division (LDIMD) which provides two types of complementary services:

- services such as translation, printing, dissemination of documentation, and interpretation for meetings;

- information management services, which include the WTO library, correspondence, the registration of notifications, archiving and preservation of materials, and document research.

The individual must be a strong leader, able to manage a large team covering a wide range of functions and advise the senior management on improving and enhancing the services provided by the Division, particularly the rapidly evolving information management area. Specific responsibilities will include:

1. Align the work of the Languages, Documentation and Information Management Division (LDIMD) to the goals of the WTO, ensuring that the services provided by the Division meet the needs of the Secretariat.

2. Lead and direct the work of LDIMD, establishing and ensuring the effective implementation of the work programme of the Division, setting priorities, ensuring quality control and integration between the various sections of the Division.

3. Manage and ensure continuous improvement/ modernization of the operations in all areas of the Division, ensuring a high level of efficiency, service orientation and quality.

4. Manage, modernize the Information Management Services area, including the WTO library, the Registry, records management, registration of notifications, archiving and preservation of materials, and document research.

5. Coordinate the Division's work with that of other Divisions, including providing substantive contributions to the work of other Divisions as necessary.

6. Represent the Division internally at meeting with senior management.

7. Promote/represent the WTO externally at university fora, international organizations' management networks, etc.


An advanced university degree, or a basic university degree and proven professional expertise equivalent to an advanced academic degree in a relevant area (Business Administration, Law, Economics, Library & Information Sciences, Language Studies etc.).

An excellent understanding of language services, documents production and information management as well as of state-of-the-art practices and the latest technology utilized. Knowledge of the WTO system. Intellectual flexibility, good technical and political judgement and strong communication and diplomatic skills. Proven ability to manage effectively the work of a large multicultural team of professional and support staff in a diverse international environment/organization as well as to build partnerships.
Work Experience:

A minimum of fifteen years of relevant experience, including substantial work experience ideally in an international environment. Extensive management experience with broad supervisory responsibilitiesis highly desirable.

Excellent knowledge of English as well as of French or Spanish. A good knowledge of the third language would be a distinct advantage.
Additional Information:

Only applications from nationals of WTO Members will be accepted.






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Please visit WTO's E-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the closing date stated in the vacancy announcement.

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