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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-07

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Consultant Data Protection

Rome (Italy)

JOB TITLE: Consultant (Data Protection)



DUTY STATION (City, Country): Rome, Italy

DURATION: 6 months (possibility of extension up to 11 months, or more)

About WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill an international consultancy position of Data Protection in our Headquarters in Rome, Italy


Over the last couple of years WFP has digitalized the identity of 25 million people through SCOPE, and increased the use of sensitive technologies, like biometrics. Currently, WFP’s cash-based programmes partner with 70 financial service providers worldwide, a remarkable rise in the number of private partners who can access beneficiaries’ data. Technology is increasingly being used to seek innovative solutions in vulnerability analysis and mapping (e.g. chatbots, Satellite Imagery Analysis, use of UAVs), as well as assistance delivery (e.g. mobile banking). Complex negotiations are underway with main UN partners to develop data sharing agreements.

While contributing to greater efficiency and accountability, these processes embed inherent risks for the safety of the people WFP serves due to the risk of data disclosure. WFP’s Protection Policy (2012) requires the organisation to ensure the safety, dignity and integrity of affected people in the context of its programmes, including by safeguarding sensitive and personal data. Under this framework, WFP launched a “Guide to Privacy and Personal Data Protection” in January 2017. While the implementation of this guidance has been initiated, it is expected that a comprehensive and multi functional roll out plan is scaled up in 2018.


Under the supervision of the Programme and Policy Officer leading the protection and AAP team, the consultant will undertake the following duties:

1. Provide advice to regional bureaux and country offices

The consultant will provide advice to WFP regional bureaux and country offices as required and requested, including on the implementation of key data protection requirements, notably Privacy Impact Assessments, collection of informed consent, establishment of appropriate mechanisms to ensure data subjects’ right to access, update, correct and erase personal data, maintain minimum IT security standards, ensure correct data sharing procedures.

He/she will also manage coordination between Data Protection Focal Points in regional bureaux and country offices and facilitate the dissemination of information and exchange of lessons learnt.

2. Fill technical and advisory functions on data protection

The consultant will perform daily advisory and technical functions related to data protection. The consultant will provide inputs to: a) drafting talking points, background documents, policy briefs; b) reviewing relevant WFP and other global documents to ensure consistency with WFP’s position on data protection; c) formulating guidance.

3. Ensure coordination between different cross-functional work-streams at HQ level

In collaboration with the concerned units in HQ, the consultant will support the different cross-functional work-streams required for effective data protection implementation across the organization. In particular, the consultant will ensure that minimum benchmarks of data protection compliance are established.

The consultant will also coordinate the interdivisional working group on data protection to ensure that all concerned units are engaged and updated on relevant developments on data protection.

4. Represent WFP in relevant global fora and ongoing humanitarian discourses

The consultant will represent WFP in global fora relevant for data protection, notably the UN Data Policy Group, as well as in any global conference, workshop or event, as appropriate.

5. Other tasks

Perform other related duties as required.



  • Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: law, (preferably with a specialization in IT law and/or data protection law), international relations, political science, human rights or other relevant field.
  • Any course or other relevant academic qualification as Data protection Officer is an asset.


  • 6-10 years professional experience in international humanitarian or development work with at least 3 years specific experience working on data protection.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of operationalising data protection standards in humanitarian programming.
  • Previous UN experience, preferably with WFP, is highly desirable.


  • Demonstrated strong analytical and writing skills, including the ability to write in an engaging and informative manner, and conceptualize and clearly synthesize information.
  • Ability to work on short time lines, under pressure, and managing multiple priorities simultaneously with minimum supervision.
  • Initiative, enthusiasm, creativity, and flexibility with excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit.
  • Flexibility: Willingness to travel for extended periods of time and at short notice to challenging environments.


  • Fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of Arabic, Spanish or French is an advantage.

Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 7 February 2018

Ref.: VA 74881

Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

Fighting Hunger Worldwide

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