Privacy Impact Assessment Consultant
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The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.
Despite positive economic growth and progress in poverty reduction, Tajikistan is still facing a challenging food security and nutrition situation. Recent economic challenges compounded by population growth have contributed to the reclassification of the country as low-income in 2018 and have increased household vulnerability. Malnutrition rates remain the highest in Central Asia, and the number of undernourished has remained stagnant. Tajikistan faces different environmental challenges, including environmental and soil degradation and poor natural resource management. Additionally, Tajikistan is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which has further exacerbated food security and livelihoods of vulnerable communities. Given the above, the government has identified food security and access to quality nutrition as one of its development priorities.
WFP Tajikistan’s five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019 – 2024 focuses on supporting national social protection and safety nets; nutrition; climate change adaptation, resilience-building and disaster risk reduction; and aligning WFP’s support to national priorities and in synergy with the action of other partners. By means of the CSP, WFP is undertaking a strategic shift from direct implementation to enabling and strengthening capacities of national and sub-national institutions to deliver on their food security and nutrition priorities. WFP activities support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). The geographic scope of WFP Tajikistan operations encompasses the entirety of the country. In addition to the country office in Dushanbe, WFP has field offices located in Bokhtar, Gharm, Khorog, and Khujand to oversee operations in those specific regions.
In line with this response, WFP Tajikistan reached over 675,000 people in 2020 through various projects. The majority of these beneficiaries are within the school feeding programming; 640,000 schoolchildren, their families, and school support staff benefitted though provision of daily hot meals in schools, ad hoc take-home rations as COVID-19 response, and a mix of capacity strengthening activities. The nutrition programme reached over 8,400 children under 5 years of age with specialized nutritious foods and also coordinated social behaviour change communication activities for primary healthcare staff, caregivers of beneficiaries, and local communities and schools. Over 27,000 people were supported through cash transfers under the climate change adaptation and resilience-building (CCARB) activities. Responses for 2021 will be similar.
Digital solutions within WFP Tajikistan do/will include:
• Nutrition: SCOPE CODA has been in use in two districts since 2018.
• CCARB: the SCOPE platform is currently being deployed for cash transfers under the CCARB activities, scheduled to begin in June/July 2021. Financial service providers are required for transferring funds to the project recipients. (Two are currently contracted for existing cash projects not using SCOPE.)
• School feeding: a cash-based transfer is being planned with expected small-scale launch in August 2021.
• Community feedback mechanism (CFM): development for which the country office will begin in 2021.
• Monitoring of project outcomes through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI).
Moreover, WFP Tajikistan offers digital assistance services (primarily SCOPE CODA) to external agencies (i.e., UNICEF) and the government as they wish to leverage WFP digital solutions (and WFP’s beneficiary database) for their own programmatic needs. Initial internal discussions regarding the CFM have included the potential opening of the platform to the wider humanitarian community once a sustainable mechanism has been unrolled. It is not yet clear to what degree data from SCOPE or use of the platform itself will be requested by external parties.
The interest of the government in digital solutions, and SCOPE CODA in particular, showcases that WFP has a competitive advantage over other organisations as the platform combines beneficiary information management with programmatic reporting. However, some key challenges have emerged in assisting the government:
• Government’s agenda, priorities or modus operandi may not match with WFP’s humanitarian principles, corporate policies, and international legal frameworks by which WFP’s operations are implemented;
• Differing data protection and security standards;
• Staff capacity constraints at WFP and government levels to implement the projects;
• WFP often lacks the long-term and exit strategies required for handing over the digital solutions in a sustainable and safe manner.
Assessments of data protection concerns have played a key concern in furthering WFP’s engagements with governments. The lack of a clear understanding of the context, the risks and the mitigating measures on data protection along with the lack of corporate, regional and in-country data protection expertise and human resources has led to delays in programme design and delivery, and often an uncomfortable situation where WFP commitments on digital assistance services to the governments are delayed by a post factum assessment of data protection concern.
Managing people’s personal data and identity is extremely sensitive. Unintended use of personal data, especially if used outside its legitimate purpose, may cause harm to the people WFP seeks to assist. Protecting personal data is therefore about protecting people’s life, dignity and integrity, which is the core commitment set forth by the 2020 WFP Protection and Accountability Policy.
The Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is aimed at identifying, evaluating, and addressing the risks (e.g., protection, legal, principled humanitarian action, etc.) arising from the processing of personal data related to a specific activity, project, programme or other initiative. The PIA is a multifunctional exercise, which draws from the expertise of various functions. Under the leadership of the country/field-office management, the consultant will lead the PIA by soliciting and compiling the various inputs from concerned functions. The final findings and conclusions should be jointly reviewed and cleared by the managers and the concerned functions.
PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The PIA Consultant will be based remotely. He/she will be under the line management of the Research, Assessments, and Monitoring Officer based in Dushanbe and the technical supervision of the Regional Humanitarian Adviser (Protection, Accountability to Affected Populations, and Inclusion) based in Bangkok. The Consultant will lead, develop, and complete the PIA for WFP operations in Tajikistan.
ACCOUNTABILITIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Conduct and complete the Privacy Impact Assessment for WFP Tajikistan operations in collaboration with other relevant units in WFP . Completing the PIA includes, but is not limited to:
- Develop a deliverable-based workplan for the assignment, with completed PIA report as the final product in line with WFP guide to personal data protection and privacy;
- Secondary literature and data review of relevant humanitarian actors to understand the:
- Socio-political situation and relevance of identity and personal data therein;
- Overview of protection issues (e.g., forced displacement, movement restrictions, arbitrary arrest, child labour, denied access to services, etc.) with special focus on whether a particular status (e.g., identity/lack of identity, ethnicity, language, disability, gender, displacement, etc.) is a triggering factor;
- List of known or foreseeable actors that might be interested in requesting/accessing/seizing personal data collected by WFP to pursue humanitarian and non-humanitarian purposes;
- Risk of possible unintended use of personal data and consequences on WFP’s beneficiaries.
- Consultations with relevant WFP staff, including heads of units in Dushanbe, heads of field offices, and colleagues working on data protection at the country, regional and headquarters level.
- Consultations with relevant humanitarian/development agencies (e.g., UNHCR, IOM, UNICEF, nongovernmental organizations, etc.), Development Coordination Council groups, government ministries.
- Consultations with the third-party monitoring service providers currently employed by WFP to carry out project monitoring activities.
- Guidance and oversight to the country office in conducting personal interviews and focus group discussions with affected populations (gender, age, and disability segregated).
- Overview of the legal framework on data privacy and protection in Tajikistan:
- Applicability of UN privileges and immunities in the country;
- Domestic legislation and regulations interfering with people’s identity (e.g., Know Your Client regulations; anti-terrorism laws; anti-money laundering laws; any other public health or public security law requiring access to personal data) and possibility that partners are obliged to disclose data to governmental and/or judicial authorities.
- Analysis of data security standards, flows, and quality at WFP country office and field offices;
- Data subject rights; and
- Risk analysis overview and recommendations.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
• Working knowledge of legal frameworks on human rights, data protection and privacy and international humanitarian law;
• Experience in digital rights;
• Strong analytical and writing skills;
• Ability to conduct work remotely with little oversight at times; and
• Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Education and Experience:
- Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, law, humanitarian assistance, or another field related to international relations, human rights, or political science; OR
- First university degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses;
- At least 6 years of relevant work experience in the field of protection or legal research.
- Fluency (level C) in written and spoken English is required.
- Proficiency in Russian or Tajik is desirable.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Type Of Contract: Regular CST
Contract Duration: 3 months
Duty Station: Remote-based
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
15 June 2021
Female applicants, individuals with disabilities 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.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.