Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Deloitte Intellectual Property Rights Advisor Job Vacancy in Liberia


Job Description

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Deloitte Consulting, LLP is seeking an Intellectual Property Rights Advisor for a multi-year USAID funded Trade Policy and Customs Project providing support to the Government of Liberia.

General Summary 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is administering the program and is responsible for coordinating, contracting, and financial management. The threshold program will support efforts to improve trade policy and practices, specifically in harmonizing tariffs, engaging in regional and global bodies, and strengthening the regulatory environment. The Government of Liberia (GOL) recognizes the high cost of cross-border trade is a result of nontariff barriers, rent-seeking, fraud, and a lack of information. This affects Liberia's competitiveness, drives out the poorest from the market, and discourages returning Liberian entrepreneurs. 

The purpose of this project is to deliver technical assistance in partnership with the GOL to improve Liberia's performance on the policy areas measured by the Trade Policy indicator. The LTPC Project will support Liberia's trade policy threshold program by providing technical support to the GOL in the four areas identified as needed to increase trade freedom:

(1) Support tariff harmonization and removing unnecessary non-tariff measures;
(2) Strengthen trade policy institutions and improving their policies;
(3) Modernize customs practices; and
(4) Strengthen protection of intellectual property rights.

The LTPC Project will also undertake activities to raise awareness of tariff harmonization and other trade reforms among Liberia's businesses and consumers in order to ensure better implementation and greater awareness and impact of these reforms.

Assignment and Background Information

The objective of the IPR Advisor is to support the technical delivery of LTPC under Component
3: Strengthen Protection of Intellectual Property Rights. During the course of this short term intervention, the IPR Advisor will work with the COP and the DCOP; and other members of the LTPC team to support the achievement of the following tasks:

Work in conjunction with the Liberian IPR advisory unit within the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, (MOCI) and advise on the measures required to enhance the GOL capacity to implement a robust and sustainable IPR system. Specifically:

1.      In conjunction with selected counterparts from the IPR advisory unit, develop and assist with the implementation of an IP policy framework. This to include support for the finalization of the draft Industrial Property Act.
2.      In conjunction with selected counterparts from the IPR advisory unit and members of the LTPC team assist with the prioritization of the recommendations from the World Intellectual Property Organization, (WIPO), assessment of the Liberian IPR regime. This to include an implementation plan.
3.      Assist in the strengthening of the IPR protection unit within the Bureau of Customs Assessment of current enforcement methods, personnel requirements and specialist training requirements.
4.      The consultant in conjunction with the IPR advisory unit and members of the LTPC team, will create an initial Liberia specific training program on IPR. This program should be able to be delivered to all involved in IPR issues and will constitute a base of knowledge to be built upon for those who require more advanced and specific training.
5.      In conjunction with the IPR advisory unit and members of the LTPC team, strengthen judicial understanding of IPR. This to include a base line survey to gauge the current level and understanding of current cases dealt with and the development of a future training program for the future needs of GOL.


Level of Effort and Timing

50 Days.  This is an initial estimated LOE and as the IPR program progresses we would expect further targeted intervention and training will be required..

  
Required  

·Advanced degree in Business Administration, Management, Finance/Banking, Corporate Law, Economics, Political Science, Law or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge and skills.
·High level of professionalism and integrity.
·Superb skills in consulting and proven record of results in these domains.
·Excellent interpersonal skills, positive leadership and ability to persuade.
·Dynamism, energy and positive disposition enough to motivate others around him/her.
·High level of determination, persistence, tenacity, self-control and ability to work under pressure.
·Superior communication skills, both for writing and oral presentations.
·Excellent public speech skills in English; Fluency in other languages is highly desirable
·Public sector management experience.
·At least five years' experience in executive positions in business, education initiatives, law development programs, and intellectual property growth
·International professional experience as a legal consultant
                 
Preferred

·Project management experience highly desirable
·Knowledge and understanding of current international economic and intellectual property trends.
·Experience in international business, intellectual property, and/or international law


Deloitte is one of the leading professional services organizations in the United States, specializing in audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services with clients in more than 20 industries. We provide powerful business solutions to some of the world’s most well-known and respected companies, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 100.

At Deloitte, you can have a rewarding career on every level. In addition to challenging and meaningful work, you’ll have the chance to give back to your community, make a positive impact on the environment, participate in a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and find the support, coaching, and training it takes to advance your career. Our commitment to individual choice lets you customize aspects of your career path, your educational opportunities and your benefits. And our culture of innovation means your ideas on how to improve our business and your clients’ will be heard.

Visit www.deloitte.com/us/careers to learn more about our culture, benefits and opportunities.

About Deloitte

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