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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2018-11-27

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Data Privacy Research Analyst

New York City (United States of America)

Background Information - Job-specific

Global Pulse is an innovation initiative in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General. Our focus is harnessing new digital data to help the public sector understand more expediently how communities are coping with the impacts of global crises. To this end, Global Pulse is developing a 21st Century approach to impact monitoring, building social software for evidence-based decision making, and establishing a network of “Pulse Labs” to mainstream the use of real-time data analysis into development policy. 

Global Pulse operates Pulse Labs in Jakarta and Kampala in partnership with the Governments of Indonesia and Uganda. These labs function as open innovation spaces where policy experts together with UN development practitioners and other partners can experiment with new types of data and emerging technologies and evaluate their potential to enhance both public policy decision-making and community resilience.

Pulse Labs
Pulse Labs are national facilities established to support the public sector by developing analytical and technological capacity for harnessing real-time data to strengthen social protection.  Central to the Pulse Labs mission is the development of sustainable “dual-use” systems that simultaneously provide value directly to vulnerable communities while also generating real-time information to help the public sector understand quickly how populations are being affected, respond with agile, targeted policy interventions, and generate evidence for advocacy at the global level.  

Functional Responsibilities

●        Conduct research and advise on specific national regulations relevant to data handling and implementation of data driven innovation projects

●        Assist with executing data sharing/data access arrangements within agreements, including consulting with the counterparts in the UN and tracking compliance with the existing responsibilities undertaken in current partnerships

●        Perform due diligence of prospective and current partners in line with UN rules and regulations, including those related to digital data collection, use and re-use

●        Assist with conducting Privacy Impact Assessments for current and potential projects

●        Identify gaps in UN policies related to data use and data privacy and propose potential solutions

●        Research and track developments and new opportunities for collaboration and projects on Data Privacy in Africa, Asia and Latin-America

●        Research, draft and provide feedback on all privacy related communications (blog posts, white papers, reports, presentations, etc.)

●        Coordinate and provide logistics support to workshops, conferences, and events with privacy experts, UN agencies, and academia

●        Provide support to existing expert and working groups (Privacy Advisory Group, UN Privacy Policy Group)

●        Perform other duties as necessary on other privacy related research projects and initiatives

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • University degree in Law or related fields is required. Additional qualifications in Data Privacy, Cybersecurity, Information Security and Intellectual Property are desirable.

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in law, research, or policy analysis is required;
  • 1-2 years of experience working on projects involving innovation, artificial intelligence data privacy, or data sharing/access is an asset;
  • Experience working with the UN or similar international organizations is an asset;
  • Experience in drafting and reviewing partnership agreements, contracts and policies is an asset;
  • Experience coordinating events, conferences, and workshops is an asset

  • Fluent in English, other UN languages is an asset


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA

Contract level:I-ICA-1
Contract duration: ASAP 31 December 2018 with the possibility of extension 

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC)

Based in New York, the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.

The SDC’s services include grants management, development and special initiatives support, and technology support to the UN and UN agencies.

The SDC is part of the New York Service Cluster that supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

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