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And we never give up.
For every child, commitment
UNICEF’s child safeguarding policy (2016) is a clear statement of commitment to child safeguarding throughout our work, and the ongoing global efforts to safeguard children with the aim to uphold their safety and wellbeing everywhere, including in the workplace and in all business interactions. Since the introduction of the policy, approximately 29 individual UNICEF policies and standards addressing key safeguarding priorities of UNICEF and its partners have been identified. Key gaps exist, including those identified by our partners such as the need for comprehensive standards of conduct and training; and comprehensive and contextual risk assessments.
To serve this need, a Child Safeguarding Unit has been created under the Deputy Executive Director (Management). The Unit will formulate the framework for which to carry out this work, including working with Divisions to issue and update appropriate Procedures and Guidance. While several administrative issuances exist that address child safeguarding concerns, there are evident gaps, one of which beingthe lack of a data privacy and protection policy to safeguard sensitive information.
Under the management of the Senior Adviser (Child Safeguarding) and the overall direction of the Deputy Executive Director (Management), the new role of Data Protection and Privacy Specialist will be responsible for building and managing UNICEF’s privacy management programme, with particular attention to child safeguarding risks.
Recommendations of the Data Protection and Privacy Specialist can be a crucial factor in UNICEF’s policy setting and decision-making.
Advice or decisions on policy or incidents that reflect poor judgment or inaccurate information can compromise efficacy of UNICEF’s privacy management programme, child safeguarding regimes and broader operations.
Data protection incidents can result in:
• harm to UNICEF’s reputation, and consequent loss of donor revenue, through disclosure of sensitive information of beneficiaries, partners and staff; • security breaches causing operational disruptions, direct financial losses, potential legal liability and compromised security of beneficiaries; • compromised security of beneficiaries.
How can you make a difference?
In consultation with relevant stakeholders, the Data Protection and Privacy Specialist is responsible for conducting privacy risk assessments, leading the development of internal data protection and privacy policies and external privacy statements, serving as a focal point for internal and external inquiries concerning UNICEF’s data protection and privacy policies, and serving as a focal point for breaches of UNICEF’s data protection and privacy policies.
A summary of key functions/accountabilities:
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree in business or public administration, law, finance, accounting, or computer/information science, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.
- A formal accreditation is desirable in one or more of the areas addressed by the following certifications: Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Certified Information Privacy Management (CIPM), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT); Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
- A minimum of eight years progressively responsible professional experience in law, information security, risk management, auditing and/or compliance is required.
- At least three years professional experience focused on data protection or privacy is required.
- Experience working for a large international corporation or international organization is required.
- Experience implementing data privacy policies addressing multiple kinds of organizational or corporate relations is desirable (e.g. business-to-consumer and business-to-business contexts; donor, partner, staff and beneficiary-oriented policies in an aid organization).
- A good working knowledge of multiple domestic and international privacy laws, regulations and industry best practices is required.
- Familiarity and experience with legal issues or risks in enterprise, cloud or multi-jurisdictional platforms is an asset.
- Experience or familiarity with governance, risk and compliance tools and how they can be used to support privacy-related activities is desirable. Experience in auditing frameworks and international standards is desirable.
- Experience within the UN system is desirable.
- Experience addressing data protection or privacy concerns involving children is an asset.
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment is essential.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable (particularly French, Spanish or Arabic).
For every Child, you demonstrate…
- Communication – II
- Working with people – II
- Drive for results – II
- Leading & supervising – I
- Formulating strategies and concepts – II
- Analyzing – Ill
- Technical Expertise – Ill
- Planning and Organizing – Ill
- Creating and Innovating – II
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=514118