AFRICAN REGIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
POST OF PATENT EXAMINER: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
BACKGROUND OF THE ORGANIZATION
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (hereinafter referred to
as “the Organization”), is an Intergovernmental Organization, which was established at
Lusaka, Zambia, in 1976 by an Agreement concluded under the auspices of the United
Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Intellectual Property
The Organization was created, inter alia, to promote the development of Intellectual
Property (IP) laws appropriate to the needs of its members, establish common services
and training schemes, and assist its members in the acquisition and advancement of
technology and the evolving of common views on IP matters.
The Organization grants and administers IP titles on behalf of the Member States and
provides IP information to its clientele in the form of search services, publications and
awareness creation. Membership of the Organization is open to all Member States of the
African Union (AU).
The present members of the Organization are: Botswana, Kingdom of Eswatini, The
Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Kingdom of Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius,
Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone,
Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
(Total: 20 States)
The organs of the Organization are:
(a) the Council of Ministers, consisting of Ministers who are responsible for the
administration of intellectual property matters in the respective Member States;
(b) the Administrative Council consisting of Heads of Offices dealing with the
administration of intellectual property , in the respective Member States; and
(c) the Secretariat (the Office of ARIPO) headed by the Director General as the Chief
Executive Officer of the Organization.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Applications are invited from suitable candidates to be considered for appointment to the
post of Patent Examiner: Mechanical Engineering, the full description of which is as
Duty Station: Harare, Zimbabwe
Duration of appointment: Fixed-term contract of two (2) years (renewable, subject to
Search and examine Industrial Property (IP) rights applications received by the
Organization to determine if they comply with relevant legal requirements pursuant to the
granting of legal protection. Under the supervision of the Head of Search and Substantive
Examination, the Patent Examiner: Mechanical Engineering will carry out the following
(a) Investigate patent applications in the field of Mechanical Engineering to ensure
sufficiency of disclosure to facilitate consideration for registration;
(b) Search through earlier publications; technical literature and online databases to
assess the legal aspects of the patent application’s specifications to make sure that
the application is new;
(c) Examine inventions from a technical standpoint to ensure that the invention is
novel, clearly described and appropriate for use;
(d) Classify applications in accordance with International Patent Classification (IPC);
(e) Discuss and consider legal matters affecting patentability and entitlements to the
invention claimed by the applicant;
(f) Support the development of IP Rights information and documentation management
(g) Ensure the efficient and effective delivery of IP Rights through; timely publishing
of reports and delivery of these to applicants and/or patent agents;
(h) Ensure effective communication and resolution to disputed matters with applicants
and/or Patent Agents;
(i) Participate in capacity building and knowledge sharing activities within the
Organization and amongst its stakeholders (including Member States, Institutions
of higher learning, research institutions, Inventors etc.) to promote creativity,
innovation and the utilization of IP; and
(j) Perform any other duties and tasks as may be assigned or delegated.
Minimum qualifications and experience required:
• Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering & seven (7) years’
• Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering & five (5) years’ relevant experience.
Role and mission critical competencies required:
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and other relevant ICT packages
• Confidentiality, professionalism and respect for integrity and accuracy of
• Written and verbal communication skills
• Initiative and time management
• Ability to work independently and under pressure whilst remaining adaptable and
• Learning and sharing knowledge and encouraging the learning of others
• Judgment, organizing, problem solving, analysis and decision-making skills
• Excellent research and report writing skills
Nationality: To be eligible for appointment, candidates must be nationals of a Member
State of the Organization.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Conditions of employment shall be subject to the ARIPO Staff Rules and Procedures or
be determined by the Administrative Council of the Organization.
Salary and allowances on first appointment shall be those applicable to Grade L3 Step 1
of the ARIPO salary scales of the professional category.
Base Salary: US$39,150 per annum.
Post Adjustment Allowance: Depending on the rise and fall in value of the United
States dollar, a post adjustment index which is presently 56.4% of base salary is applied
as a cost of living allowance.
Dependency Allowances: US$1,800 per year for a dependent child. Maximum number
of children three (3).
Other benefits include:
• Payment of travel and removal expenses;
• Once-off installation grant;
• Education grant of US$9,000 per year for each child, up to a maximum of three
• Housing allowance;
• Contributory medical aid scheme;
• Annual leave of 30 working days; and
• Paid home leave every two years.
The appointment is subject to a satisfactory United Nations type medical examination to
be conducted by an ARIPO nominated medical practitioner.
APPLICATIONS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:
Applicants should submit an application letter together with: detailed curriculum vitae
indicating pertinent personal data, and names, professional designations and addresses of
two persons from whom evidence-based, professional references can be obtained;
certified copies of relevant academic and professional certificates; police clearance; and a
passport size photograph.
Applicants should indicate in their personal data, the following:
(i) family name and first names;
(ii) date and place of birth;
(iii) nationality and detailed present address;
(iv) full names, relationship, gender and date of birth of dependents;
(v) language abilities both written and spoken;
(vi) educational background (main subjects, institutions, diplomas or degrees and marks
(vii) employment record (present or most recent employment, previous employment);
(viii) any other relevant information.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:
Applications addressed to the Director General of ARIPO and saved as a single pdf file
should be submitted by email only at firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 24th January
2022. The reference to be indicated on the email subject is “Patent Examiner: Mechanical
Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the ARIPO Office on official letterhead
at which stage they shall be requested to submit a certificate of evaluation/accreditation
of their Degree qualifications from their respective National Qualifications Authority.
ARIPO does not charge any fee and neither does it use any employment agents at any
stage of the recruitment process.