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Consultancy, Data security and privacy mentor, Part time, 35 days within 6 months , Remote

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Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: United States
Categories: Innovation

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, innovate...

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives. 

The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions. 

UNICEF's Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world's children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:

  • Connecting youth communities (or more broadly -- anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children. 

  • Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach -- in a traditionally risk-averse field -- to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children. 

  • Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children. 

The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, data science and machine learning, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs – and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.  

UNICEF's Innovation (Venture) Fund is a pooled funding vehicle specifically designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children. The core motivation of the Innovation Fund is to identify "clusters" or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology - so that UNICEF can both shape markets and also learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children. We invest in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children

How can you make a difference?

This is a part time mentor role within the Office of Innovation, reporting to the Venture Fund team.  

The consultant will provide advice and mentorship to frontier technology startups in the UNICEF Venture Fund portfolio as they are developing their solutions, help them assess gaps and developing a roadmap to overcome them during the investment period, to ensure compliance with various regulations and best practices related to data security and privacy, including (but not limited to)  

  • (1) UNICEF’s data security and protection standards and policies,  

  • (2) Relevant national policies and government regulations and key international regulations and standards as they relate to the services provided by each company, and the digital public goods criteria.  

This role will also support the Venture fund in defining how data security and privacy considerations can be integrated into the existing support structure and process for startups. The solutions that this role will be advising employ emerging technologies (data science, AI, machine learning, blockchain, etc. to provide solutions either  

  • directly to children and families (B2C) 

  • through UNICEF,  

  • or to UNICEF’s partner governments (B2G).  

 Your main responsibilities will be: 

  • Review of (1) UNICEF’s existing regulations and standards (including, but not limited to: UNICEF's Policy on Personal Data Protection, UNICEF's Procedure on Personal Data Breach, The UNICEF Policy on Information Security and UNICEF Standard on Information Security: Asset Management documentation, the CLASSI tool), and (2) existing national policies and  international regulations and best practices, to map out the regulations applicable to UNICEF’s portfolio startups in the contexts where they provide services 

  • Provide technical assistance to Innovation Fund investments (start-up and country office) including: 

  • Assessment of gaps in compliance with data security and privacy regulations and best practices for each company 

  • Develop a roadmap for each company to overcome gaps during the investment period 

  • Mentor companies receiving follow on funding (approx. 9 startups) 1:1 and provide them with technical advice through monthly calls  

  • Support the Venture Fund in reviewing data security and privacy documentation of graduating companies and validating they are in line with contractual requirements. 

  • Building on the learnings from working with Venture Fund investees, and working in close collaboration with UNICEF ICT division and Venture Fund portfolio managers, develop guidance documents and recommendations on how data security and privacy considerations can be integrated into the existing support structure and process for startups - for instance, having startups undergo UNICEF privacy risk reviews. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced degree relevant to the scope of this position. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree. 

  • Multidisciplinary professional experience background in technical and legal knowledge: 

  • Developing training, particularly on data privacy and information security related fields 

  • Demonstrated understanding and application of data privacy laws, and working within a compliance, legal audit and/or risk function, with recent experience in privacy compliance 

  • Experience with UNICEF’s information security standards, and familiarity with the Digital Public Goods standard, is an asset 

  • Data Protection and/or Privacy certification such as, but not limited to, CIPP, CIPT, ISEB is preferred. 

  • A track record of advising/mentoring early stage technology projects / technology startups 

  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear and effective manner. 

  • Experience with developing easily digestible, step-by-step guidance and lean strategy recommendations for non-experts 

  • Experience with information security and privacy issues related to open-source technologies 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent technical communication with peers and non-technical stakeholders 

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset. 

  • Desire to work in a highly-collaborative environment is an asset 

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset. 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Applying technical expertise (level 3) 

  • Creating and innovating (level 2) 

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (Level 2) 

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Payment details and further considerations 

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor. 

  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance 

  • Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel 


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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