View Vacancy - SIN - South East Asia Intellectual Property Office Adviser D6

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As the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO) representative in SE Asia (based in Singapore), the jobholder will lead the UK’s policy engagement on IP issues across this dynamic region. 

This will involve working closely with UK government colleagues, Governments across ASEAN – and UK businesses. It will mean being the British High Commission’s lead expert on IP, promoting IP issues across the UK government’s ASEAN network. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring a coherent approach to the UK's engagement with ASEAN on intellectual property; and managing projects that support this engagement. This will involve targeting activities to specific markets and sectors which will have the maximum impact.

The successful candidate will have a strong experience and knowledge in intellectual property issues and in international collaboration.  British High Commission Singapore is a vital diplomatic hub on economic issues for the SE Asia region. There is plenty of scope for the job holder to have a significant real world impact in terms of supporting the development of intellectual policy in the region. There will also be opportunities to get involved in other workstreams within the High Commission, widening the skills base of the successful applicant.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve:

Main Duties:

  • Act as the IPO’s representative in SE Asia.  Build relationships with policymakers and other stakeholders in SE Asia, enabling the IPO to shape the debate on IP in the region.
  • Develop expertise on IP policies and enforcement in SE Asia. Provide informed advice on IP issues to the British Government and UK businesses operating, or wishing to operate, in SE Asia. 
  • Deliver the UK’s International Strategy on IP and IP-related issues in SE Asia, spotting new and emerging trends and driving implementation of the strategy. Ensure the wider SE Asia diplomatic network is supporting delivery of this strategy.
  • Identify opportunities for policy and technical cooperation between the UK and SE Asian countries on IP-related policies and enforcement, including the policy lead and delivery of a substantial funding towards development assistance to support these objectives
  • Organise and coordinate IP-related visits to the UK by overseas counterparts from SE Asia, and visits to SE Asia by UK Ministers and IPO officials.
  • Engage with SE Asian governments on multilateral IP issues, in support of UK interests.                       
  • Strong knowledge of IP policy, process, administration and law within SE Asia. At least 3 years experience would be preferred.
  • Experience of working directly with both governments and businesses.
  • Experience working on  trade policy issues, institutions and priorities
  • The regional nature of the role means effective self-management and prioritisation, and the ability to operate relatively independently, are critical.
  • Strong strategic thinking, communicating and influencing and problem-solving and judgment skills. 
  • Experience of managing external relationships with key stakeholders is also an essential requirement.
  • Familiarity with UK/European Union IP policies helpful but not essential. 
  • Knowledge of the SE Asian business environment would be helpful. 
  • Fluency in English language, both written and spoken.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Fundamental programme and project management
  • Strong industry and government relations skill
Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Engaging Internationally
15 January 2018
D6 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
Asia Pacific
British High Commission
1 April 2018
30 May 2019

Learning and Development Opportunities: 

IPO Induction Programme

FCO Prosperity Fund Programme Training for development assistance. This role will also offer numerous opportunities for further development of knowledge and expertise in UK and Singapore development aid priorities and systems; using programme funds and bilateral relationships to achieve strategic outcomes; and leadership and direction setting. There will also be opportunities to travel to the UK and within the ASEAN region.

BHC Singapore offers time and financial support for the successful candidate to take advantage of professional learning and development opportunities inside and outside of the organisation.

Normal working hours are 37.5 per week: 8.30am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday. 

BHC Singapore supports and promotes flexible working as a crucial part of our inclusive offering.  This particular role allows for flexibility in start and end times, working compressed hours, working remotely on one or a couple of days in a week, and the possibility of a job share arrangement, subject to agreement with management.

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. This is a local staff position subject to local laws and terms. Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks.

Should the successful candidate require a permit to work in Singapore, the British High Commission will apply and sponsor the appropriate pass on their behalf.

All applications must be received before 11:55PM (Singapore Time) on 15 January 2018.

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted regarding the next phase of the selection process. To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering the British Government as a potential employer.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.