Data Protection Legal Advisor for Family Links Network

10 January 2021 Ref: The FLN DPO will assist National Societies (NS) in the application of and compliance with RFL Code of Conduct (CoC) on Data Protection.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.
Brussels is home to the main institutions of the European Union (EU) – the Council of the EU, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission, the European Parliament – and to the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). We, as the ICRC delegation in Brussels, seek to make our mandate better known and to mobilize political, diplomatic and financial support for our activities. We also seek to ensure that relevant political and military decision-makers in Western Europe view the ICRC as the main reference point for neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian action, as well as for International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

As a Data Protection Legal Advisor for the Family Links Network (FLN DPO), you will assist National Societies (NS) in the application of and compliance with RFL Code of Conduct (CoC) on Data Protection. This will allow for data to be shared more rapidly so as to to facilitate the resolution of cases of separated and missing persons.

As the FLN DPO , you will take the lead on data protection issues for the Family Links Network. You will be responsible for:
• Advising and supporting National Societies on the effective implementation of the RFL Code of Conduct for Restoring Family Links purposes and respect for related guidelines; this includes developing tools and methods that will strengthen the capacity of NS on the issues of DP, counselling on the general implications of domestic legislation on interaction with partners, and providing general guidance to NS staff on the incorporation of data protection in contracts, memoranda of understanding, NS Statutes, etc.
• Ensuring smooth coordination and communication on data protection matters with relevant ICRC staff and stakeholders, including DPOs and Protection coordinators of NS.
• Being a key member of the CoC Application Group (AG) and assisting NS in the implementation and use of materials, tools and templates validated by the AG.
• In coordination with the AG on the RFL CoC, developing and promoting data protection literacy within the the Family Links Network; this includes developing strategies, plans and tools, and organizing training on data protection for NS staff.
• Facilitating coordination amongst FLN members and establishing regional peer-to-peer support networks aimed at assisting individual NS in protecting personal data collected for RFL purposes.
• Supporting and advising NS in the inclusion of data protection in RFL and related activities, procedures, including RFL procedures, working methods, guidelines and policies. • Providing general data protection guidance to enable NS, particularly NS Legal Advisers, to obtain a proper understanding in their follow-up of national data protection legislations. •Supporting NS staff in carrying out data protection impact assessments for RFL and other related activities.

Candidate Profile

Professional experience • Typically 10 years' professional experience including: - Minimum 2 years' experience as a legal adviser/attorney; - Minimum 2 years' experience advising on data protection/privacy matters; - Minimum 2 years' Operational experience in the humanitarian sector as programme coordinator/manager and/or within a recognized international organization. - RFL experience at the ICRC or in a NS.

Educational background and specific skills required • Master's degree in law, international law or human rights law. • Knowledge of data protection laws, confirmed by Data Protection Officer certification. • Interest in, and understanding of, technology and digitalization, particularly as they apply to the humanitarian sector. • Admission to practice law is an asset. • Computer proficiency.

Languages Proficient oral and written English, with French and Spanish being a definite asset.

What we offer • An opportunity to join one of the most respected international humanitarian organization in the world • A Full Time open-ended contract under Belgian legislation • An office space in Brussels and a multicultural team • A stimulating benefit package • Starting date: March 2021 (subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation)

To apply for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter before 28/01/2021 by email to:

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.