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Call For Expressions Of Interest: Data Protection Coordinator Home-Based Job Available At FAO!

Job Details

Closure Date: 14/May/2024, 2:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: ODG – Office of the Director-General

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Primary Location: Home-Based

Duration: 100 days


About FAO

Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is hiring a Data Protection Coordinator for home-based vacancy available. FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture. Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values. FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting

The Data Protection Unit (DPU) is an independent function in the Office of the Director-General. It oversees and supports implementation of the FAO Data Protection Policy (DPP) through collaboration across FAO headquarters and decentralized offices at regional and country levels. The DPU is located in Rome, Italy and is also accountable to the Data Protection Oversight Committee (DPOC). The Data Protection Coordinator is not required to work on FAO premises and the work may be performed remotely. Reporting Lines: The Data Protection Coordinator resides within the DPU and will report to the Head of the DPU. Technical Focus: Develop data protection procedures, guidelines and controls across the data lifecycle from data collection, processing, storage, transfer and disposal. Provide technical advice to FAO teams on matters relating to data protection compliance.

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Tasks and Responsibilities

The Data Protection Coordinator will, under the general supervision and guidance of the Head of the DPU (or the assigned Coordinator in the absence of the Head of DPU):

•    Draft new (and update existing) operational guidance and procedures for data protection;
•    Implement data protection procedures through new organisation processes and / or technical controls;
•    Respond to requests from data providers submitted in accordance with the Data Protection Policy;
•    Respond to internal requests for advice from FAO units and offices related to data protection matters;
•    Draft updates and reports to the Data Protection Oversight Committee (DPOC), the FAO Advisory Oversight Committee (OAC), Senior Management and FAO’s Governing Bodies on the status of data protection in FAO, as required;
•    Develop and/or review training and awareness materials to enhance understanding of data protection across FAO;
•    Represent FAO in meetings with, and collaborate with, counterparts in other UN System agencies to ensure consistency and coordination with UN System policy approaches with respect to data protection and intellectual property (only Consultants);
•    Perform any other duties, as required.

Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in relevant discipline such as, but not limited to law, data protection, information management, information systems management, business, information security, computer science, and information technology. 
•    At least five (5) years of relevant experience in data protection, privacy, information security, data ethics or related discipline.
•    Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese or Russian (for Consultants). Working knowledge of English (for PSAs). 

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FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills 

•    Work experience in more than one location or area of work.
•    Experience in international organizations and the legal framework within which they operate.
•    Experience in compliance with data protection frameworks such as ISO 27701, GDPR, or other national or state privacy regulation. 
•    Experience with managing data providers’ requests, concerns, and data breaches.


How To Apply

• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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