Senior Human Resource Data Protection Consultant, Rome, Italy

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: WFP Rome

Senior Human Resource Data Protection Consultant, WFP

Are you a HR Consultant with experience in data protection and management interested in joining Nobel Peace Prize 2020 Laureate? Would you like to join WFP, a highly reputable organization bringing positive change to lives of people affected by hardships? Would you like to join a global organization investing in its people?

If your answer is yes, then this is a great opportunity for you to become an integral member of a diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to beneficiary assistance.

About the UN World Food Programme

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflicts and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the Organization uses its global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships to contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

Why WFP?

WFP is Nobel Peace Prize 2020 Laureate

WFP assists more than 86 million people around 83 countries. Your work will have a positive impact on lives of the world’s most vulnerable people

You will join a diverse team of professionals and will have a chance to exchange your experience with your colleagues

WFP invests in the training and development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities

Our team is growing internationally and the timing to join us cannot be better!

We offer attractive compensation package (please refer to Terms and Conditions section)

About the role

WFP is committed to ensuring the protection of the personal data of its workforce. We are looking to strengthen our approach to workforce data protection and use. For this purpose, we are looking for an experienced HR Consultant to update, develop and publish revised personnel data protection policies. The work is envisaged to be completed from the Consultant’s home base, and it involves remote consultation with various stakeholders for a period of two months.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Under the guidance of the Chief, Human Resources Policy and Compliance Branch the Consultant will be responsible for delivering a mapping of WFP staff’s personal data and propose principles, methods and protocols to ensure their protection and mitigate risks. Drawing on existing good practices in WFP, in the UN and other international public as well as private organisations, the paper to be developed by the Consultant will take the form of guidance to HR practitioners and managers to protect the data and privacy of WFP staff.


Specifically, the paper will:

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Map and identify WFP staff’s personal data collected and maintained in WFP

Identify key data protection concerns or different scenarios of risks as far as personal data of staff is concerned. These concerns should reflect different contexts of WFP’s working environment.

Determine and propose prioritization of personnel data based on their importance in terms of risk to staff

Propose principles that govern the protection of data

Determine for what purposes processing of the different type of personal data will be allowed

Establish which safeguards are needed to be in place to allow the processing of the most sensitive data elements

Propose ways in which WFP Headquarters, Regional Bureaux and Country Offices can manage and protect personal data of staff that ensure maximum privacy, in accordance with WFP’s regulatory framework and international best practices

Propose ways on how to manage and respond to personnel data incident or breaches, and as well as communication strategies in case of breaches. This includes a governance architecture that helps ensure staff’s personal data duly protected.



A degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Information Technology, Public or Business Administration, International Management, Organizational Development, Human Resources or other related fields.


A minimum of 3 years of experience in data protection and management, and preferably at least 1 year of relevant experience in human resource management.

Knowledge & Skills:

Exceptional drafting and presentation and executive management communication skillsAbility to influence and communicate cross-functionally and possess exceptional verbal and written communicational skillsCollaborative spirit able to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacyAttention to details and strong coordinating skillsAbility to work with ambiguity and build consensus across diverse and global teams



Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: "Our work" and "Countries" to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2021

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Qualified female applicants 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.