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World Food Program

World Food Program


Position: Beneficiary Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) International Consultant
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Afar, Ethiopia
Posted date: 1 month ago
Application Deadline: Submition date is over

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


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.


WFP Ethiopia Country Office (ETCO) is scaling up its corporate beneficiary data and transfer management system, SCOPE, to identify and register program beneficiaries and deliver assistance.

Currently, WFP ETCO registers beneficiaries targeted under the Desert Locust emergency response in the Afar and Amhara region. 

With the expansion of digital operations and to comply with Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) requirements, the CO seeks to conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to understand the implications of collecting, storing, and processing beneficiary data for ongoing and upcoming activities. The assessment will be multi-functional, encompassing protection issues that may arise from socio-political considerations, the use of complaint and feedback mechanisms, and existing IT systems and processes.


Under the leadership of ETCO Protection, Gender and AAP  lead, as well as the Risk and Compliance Office, and with close collaboration with ETCO data protection focal points, the PIA Consultant will lead and coordinate Privacy Impact Assessment exercises prior, during, or after beneficiary data collection, storage, and processing activities run by the Country Office. First, the geographic scope of the assessment will focus on the Amhara and Afar regions, where beneficiary registration is being conducted.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

In collaboration with relevant WFP units, conduct and complete relevant Privacy Impact Assessments in line with ‘WFP Toolkit to Operationalize Beneficiaries Personal Data Protection.

Additional responsibilities include:

  •  Review the national legal frameworks on data privacy as it relates to data protection in Ethiopia. Areas of exploration: Applicability of UN privileges and immunities, Domestic legislation and regulations impacting people’s identity.
  •  Review secondary literature on the socio-political situation and relevance of identity and personal data, protection issues.
  •  Identify known or foreseeable actors that might be interested in requesting/accessing/seizing personal data collected by WFP to pursue humanitarian and non-humanitarian purposes, posing a risk of possible unintended use of personal data and harmful consequences on WFP’s beneficiaries.
  • Conduct consultations with relevant WFP units, including Programme, Digital Transformation, Cash-Based Transfers, Protection,  Vulnerability Analysis, and Mapping and M&E, Risk and Compliance, Sub Offices and colleagues working on data protection at the Regional and HQ level.
  • Hold consultations with other humanitarian agencies (e.g. UNHCR, IOM, OCHA, Protection Cluster), government ministries, and affected populations (IDPs and resident communities, disaggregated by gender, age, and disability).
  •  Analyze data flows and quality as part of the dessert locust program and identify areas for improvement or relevant recommendations.
  • Review the Country and field-office data security standards.
  • Conduct a risk analysis of beneficiary data collection and provide recommendations accordingly.



Advanced university degree in law, social sciences, humanitarian assistance, international relations, human rights, political science, or other related fields.


  • Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience in data protection and privacy, human rights law, and international law.
  • Working knowledge of how-to data protection and privacy, including data governance, management of data-related risks, and data breaches.
  • Experience with privacy and security risk assessment and knowledge of relevant best practices.
  • Privacy management certifications and information security standards certifications, and knowledge of GDPR would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of and work experience in Ethiopia and the conflict-affected zone would also be an asset.
  •  Solid analytical and writing skills.
  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations. 

Language: Working knowledge (proficiency/Level C) of English is required­­­­    



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Can identify, support, and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different teammates to recognize the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond the team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries. 
  • Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships  
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations 
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


  • Complete PIA assessment reports with relevant recommendations per each assessment conducted;
  • Organize a workshop to highlight and validate key findings and recommendations.


Three Months

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply