National Consultant (Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Consultant), Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Myanmar

Field location: Nay Pyi Taw

Office: WFP Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar


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.


Contract type

Special Service Agreement SSA

Post Title

National Consultant (Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Consultant)

Number of Post


Duty Station


Report To

Programme Policy Officer

Duration of Service

3 Months

Opening Date for Application

16 August 2021

Closing Date for Application

30 August 2021


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.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of people affected by disasters, conflict, epidemics/pandemics and more. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 100 million people with food assistance in 83 countries each year. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

WFP has been present in Myanmar since 1994 and its‘ work in the country is guided by three priorities: emergency preparedness and response; nutrition; and provision of social safety nets. The Myanmar Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2018-2022 aims to contribute to achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for Development). A total of eleven activities are being implemented to achieve four strategic outcomes: SO1: "Crisis-affected people in food insecure areas meet their food and nutrition needs all year round." Lifesaving food and/or cash will be provided to women, men, girls and boys affected by natural disasters, armed conflict and inter-communal violence. SO2: "Vulnerable people in states and regions with high food insecurity and/or malnutrition have access to food all year round." WFP will provide food/cash assistance to vulnerable populations, while providing technical assistance to support the government in strengthening its social protection programmes, food systems and emergency preparedness capacity. SO3: "Children under 5 in Myanmar have improved nutrition in line with national targets by 2022." WFP will contribute to increasing the availability and access to safe and nutritious food for vulnerable and affected populations in crisis and non-crisis situations to enhance their nutrition and resilience. WFP will also support the government in implementing national nutrition. SO4: "Humanitarian and development partners in Myanmar have access to reliable common services" Affected populations benefit from the humanitarian common services to humanitarian organizations in order to receive timely humanitarian assistance.

WFP processes large amounts of beneficiary data within its own programmes and operations, including emergency assistance, and in some instances uses a digital platform SCOPE as the technological solution for beneficiary information and transfer management platform. 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. Moreover, with the WFP Guide to Personal Data Protection and Privacy (2016) and draft Beneficiary Identity Management Guidance (2020), WFP has taken concrete steps to put forward beneficiary data protection in the way it operates and has developed Data Protection Toolkit (2019) to support this objective.

A key tool used in data protection work in WFP is a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) which 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, initiative or, in this case, a whole Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The PIA is a multifunctional exercise, which draws from the expertise of units such as IT, partnerships, programme and protection. The Protection Gender and Accountability to Affected People (PGAAP) Unit has been working on the PIA for the CSP which draws upon multiple beneficiary PIA consultations conducted during the CSP period to date. The PGAAP Unit has also been supporting staff and partners on implementation of data protection measures including data security and collecting informed consent.


The PIA Consultant will support improved implementation of privacy and personal data protection in WFP Myanmar by completing the PIA for the CSP and implementing some of the key recommendations, primarily through support of WFP’s Cooperating Partners (CPs).

The PIA Consultant will be based Nay Pyi Taw but may by mutual agreement work for some of the period remotely or in various states depending on COVID-19 restrictions and the field activities needed for PIA completion. S/he will be under the guidance of the PGAAP Unit, the line management of the Deputy Country Director (Programme) and the technical supervision of the Regional Humanitarian Advisor (Protection, AAP and Inclusion).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

There are two primary accountabilities/responsibilities of the PIA Consultant.

First, to complete the PIA for the CSP, which includes:

Reviewing the existing draft PIA for the CSP and discussing with PGAAP team what is required;
Developing a deliverable-based workplan for completion of the PIA final report;
Conducting secondary literature and data review to understand the:

Socio-political situation and relevance of identity and personal data therein;
Protection issues experienced by crisis and poverty affected people, with special focus on issues where identity, or lack of identity, or any particular status of the person (e.g., ethnicity, language, disability, gender, displacement, etc.) is a triggering factor;
Legal framework on data privacy and protection in Myanmar, including applicability of UN privileges and immunities, domestic legislation and regulations of relevance to 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 or third parties are obliged to disclose data to authorities;
Known or foreseeable actors that might be interested in requesting/accessing/seizing personal data collected by WFP to pursue humanitarian and non-humanitarian purposes;
Risks of possible unintended use of personal data and consequences on WFP’s beneficiaries.

Conducting internal consultations with relevant WFP staff, including heads of units in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, heads of field offices, activity managers, and colleagues working on data protection at the country, regional and headquarters level;
Conducting external consultations with relevant humanitarian agencies and sectors (e.g., UNHCR, OHCHR, UNICEF, UNFPA, IOM), WFP CPs and Protection Sector and affected people of various gender, age, disability and other diversity;
Engaging in field visits necessary to complete data collection and consultations for the PIA, including to observe informed consent being obtained from beneficiaries for data collection and registration, with a view to developing informed consent guidance document for partners;
Incorporating analysis of findings from the multiple PIA consultations conducted by the Country Office in the period 2018 to 2021, and recommendations from a data analyst contracted by the Country Office in 2020;
Analyzing WFP Myanmar’s current status with respect to implementation of privacy and personal data protection, including issues such as data quality, data subject rights, data security standards, and risk analysis as per the Data Protection Toolkit;
Completing drafting the report including all annexes, consulting relevant colleagues for inputs on the final draft and presenting it to Heads for endorsement of the recommendations.

Second, to support implementation of the findings of the PIA, including through preparation of an action plan and implementing some key actions. This will primarily involve working with CPs to ensure they understand and implement adequate measures for protection of beneficiary personal data associated with their partnership with WFP, and that they communicate effectively with beneficiaries on this topic and in collecting their informed consent. For this, it is anticipated that materials and briefings will be produced and conducted.



Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

Create an "I will"/"We will" spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams‘ priorities and preferred working styles.

Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Education & 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.


Fluency (level C) in written and spoken English.

Working knowledge of Myanmar language is required.

Working knowledge of other languages spoken in Myanmar is desirable.


Knowledge of legal frameworks on human rights, data protection and privacy and international humanitarian law.

At least 2 years of relevant work experience in the field of protection or legal research;
Solid analytical and writing skills;
Ability to conduct work remotely with little oversight at times;
Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations.

Experience in digital privacy is desirable

Flexibility to travel to and live in difficult environments;

This post is opened for Myanmar Nationals Only.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.


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.


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