We wish to advise all our valued stakeholders including cooperating partners and patents agents that the Director of Intellectual Property at the ARIPO Secretariat, Mr. Christopher Joel Kiige, a national of Uganda retired from active ARIPO service at the end of February 2018 in accordance with the ARIPO retirement policy.
We take this opportunity to once again wish Mr. Kiige well as he enjoys his well-deserved break in his retirement.
Submissions are invited for publication in the African Journal of Intellectual Property (AJIP) Volume 2 Number 2 published by Africa University in collaboration with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO).
This scholarly journal is a peer-reviewed, bi-annual publication which aims to respond to the growing need for documentation of, and access to research in diverse aspects of intellectual property in Africa. A special feature of the journal is the promotion of African scholarship and research emanating from universities, research institutions, legal practice, administrative bodies, the judiciary and other sectors with a stake in intellectual property policy, administration, enforcement and management. While providing a platform to publish research in core intellectual property subjects including patents, copyright, designs, trademarks, traditional knowledge etc, the journal also welcomes submissions on intellectual property-related issues in health, education, food security, the environment etc. In this way, the journal aims to fill the gap in existing academic journals by encouraging interdisciplinary research.
Article submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. However, to be considered for publication in the June 2018 Issue, full articles must be received on or before 31 March 2018.
GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
The journal welcomes articles, case reviews, statute reviews, book reviews, practitioner pieces, commentaries and other original submissions. Submissions should be original contributions, not previously published and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Peer Review Process
All submissions will be peer-reviewed through the double-blind system. Among other things, reviewers will evaluate the originality, relevance, accuracy, rigour and general suitability of the submission for publication in AJIP.
Prospective authors are advised to not include their names in the main text or as running headers and footers. There is no absolute upper or lower word limit for submissions. However, as a general guide, it is expected that articles should fall within the range of 4 000 and 5 000 words, while practitioner pieces, statute, case and book reviews as well as comments should be between 1 000 and 3 000 words. Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1 ½ lines spacing. An abstract of 150-250 words is required at the point of submission. This should include four or five key words.
Contributors are to follow the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style in which:
- in–text citations should state author, date and where appropriate page number; and
- the reference list, entered alphabetically, must include all the works cited in your article.
Please aim to incorporate footnotes into the text. If notes are unavoidable, they should come at the end of the article (end notes) and must be brief and to the point.
Short quotes of less than three lines (under 40 words) should run on as part of your sentence with “double quotation marks” to signal where the quote starts and ends. The page where the quote comes from must be included.
Long quotes known as block quotes or indented quotes (more than 40 words) should:
• start on a new line
• be set at 10 point font
• be indented about 5 spaces from the left hand margin
• be single spaced
• not have quotation marks.
UK English spelling is preferred and should conform to the most recent edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.
Submission Deadline: 31 March 2018
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 Organization (WIPO).
Background of the Organization
The Organization was created, inter alia, to promote the development of intellectual property 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 advancement of common views on Intellectual Property (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) or of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
The present members of the Organization are: Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Total: 19 states)
The organs of the Organization are:
(a) the Council of Ministers, consisting of ministers who are responsible, in the Member States for the administration of intellectual property matters;
(b) the Administrative Council consisting of heads of offices, in the Member States, dealing with the administration of intellectual property; and
(c) the Secretariat (the Office of ARIPO) headed by the Director General as the principal executive officer of the Organization.
Applications are invited from suitable candidates to be considered for appointment to the post of Copyright and Related Rights Officer, on a fixed-term contract of two years (renewable), the full description of which is as follows:
Under the supervision of the Head of Copyright and Related Rights, the Copyright and Related Rights Officer will carry out the following tasks:
(a) Undertake assigned activities in accordance with the IP Ecosystem for growth strategy and annual work plan
(b) Research and compile information for policy development
(c) Assist in the provision of support to the Member States in work related to ARIPO’s existing mandate and Copyright and Related Rights treaties
(d) Assist in the development of training courses to foster creativity and the utilization of Copyright and Creative Industries by the Member States and other relevant stakeholders
(e) Assist in the development of proposals to strengthen existing partnerships on capacity building, awareness raising and revenue mobilization
(f) Assist in strengthening the Collective Management Organizations in ARIPO Member States
(g) Participate in capacity building and knowledge sharing activities within the Organization and amongst its stakeholders to foster creativity, innovation and the utilization of Copyright and Related Rights by the Member States and other relevant stakeholders
(h) Compile relevant data and statistics
(i) Prepare relevant reports on Copyright and Related Rights programmes and the utilization of the approved budget
(j) Perform relevant delegated tasks
Minimum qualifications required
• Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Law/Social Science/Communications/ Cultural Studies/Arts
• Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property is a distinct advantage
• 3 Years post qualification experience in the Intellectual Property field
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and other relevant packages
• Project management, monitoring and evaluation capability
• Strong Communication, stakeholder engagement, relationship building and reporting skills
• Excellent time management, organisational and research skills
• Ability to work under pressure whilst remaining adaptable and flexible
• Judgment, organizing, problem solving, analysis and decision making skills
• Strong knowledge of IP
Nationality: To be eligible for appointment, candidates must be nationals of a Member State of the Organization.
Duty Station: Harare, Zimbabwe
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 L-1 STEP 1 of the ARIPO salary scales of the professional category.
Base Salary: US$27,918 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 46.4% of base salary is applied as a cost of living allowance.
Dependency Allowances: US$900 per year for a dependent child. Maximum number of children three (3).
Other conditions include:
• Payment of travel and removal expenses,
• Once off Installation grant
• Education grant up to a maximum of three children
• Housing allowance,
• Contributory medical insurance scheme
• Annual leave of 30 working days
• Paid home leave every two years.
Medical Examination: The appointment is subject to a satisfactory United Nations type medical examination to be conducted by an ARIPO nominated medical practitioner.
Other Conditions of Service: Other terms and conditions of service shall be subject to the ARIPO Staff Rules and Procedures or be determined by the Administrative Council of the Organization.
Applications: Applicants should submit detailed curriculum vitae indicating pertinent personal data, two-passport size photographs and accompanied by certified copies of relevant certificates and names and addresses of two persons from whom references can be obtained.
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, sex and date of birth of dependents;
v) language abilities both written and spoken;
vi) educational background (main subjects, institutions, diplomas or degrees and marks of merit;
vii) employment record (present or most recent employment, previous employment);
(viii) any other relevant information.
Applications should be sent to:
The Director General
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization
11 Natal Road, Belgravia
P O Box 4228
Deadline for submission of Applications: 28 February, 2018.
(Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be accepted and that ARIPO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process).
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (hereinafter referred to as “the Organization”), is an intergovernmental Organization that grants and administers Intellectual Property (IP) titles on behalf of its Member States and provides IP information to its clientele in the form of search services, publications and awareness creation. Membership of the organisation is open to all Member States of the African Union (AU) or of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
The present members of the Organization are: Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Total: 19 states) The ARIPO Secretariat is based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
ARIPO is in the process of developing a website to promote its corporate image. The website to be developed should be visually appealing, easy to manage and navigate.
Submission of proposals should be addressed to:
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)
11 Natal Road, Belgravia
P O Box 4228