Deputy Data Protection Officer – Europe & Central Asia

13 January 2021 Ref: Brussels - Belgium

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).

The Deputy Data Protection Officer Europe & Central Asia advises on and ensures the application of the ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection in the processing of personal data within the Europe & Central Asia region, and is the lead within the DPO for those areas. S/he is the ICRC interface vis-à-vis data protection authorities in the countries covered. The position entails regular travels to ICRC Delegations in Europe and Central Asia, that should progressively resume.

The Deputy Data Protection Officer has the following responsibilities :
• Advises delegations in the region on effective implementation of the ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection and respect for related guidelines; this includes counselling on the implications of domestic legislation on interaction with partners (liaising with national data protection authorities where necessary), and drafting and advising on the data protection law aspects of contracts, memoranda of understanding and headquarters agreements, etc. • Informs and advises delegations regarding their commitments under the ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection, requesting, when relevant, that staff comply with a data subject's request to exercise his/her rights under the Rules. • Advises on and monitors the documentation, notification and communication of personal data breaches by the staff in charge, and deals with the data protection aspects of these breaches. Oversee, set up and improve an efficient information workflow/system to handle and record requests, complaints and Data Protection Impact Assessments. • In close cooperation with the delegations in the region, ensures proper understanding and follow-up of national data protection legislation. • Organizes training on data protection for ICRC staff in the region. • Supports the delegations in carrying out data protection impact assessments. • Represents the ICRC in relevant conferences/seminars on data protection. • Carries out inspections of delegations in the region, and ensures enforcement of the ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection. • Is the ICRC interface vis-à-vis data protection authorities in the region. • If necessary and requested by National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, provides guidance on data protection law matters, including on domestic legislation, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement codes of conduct, and new technologies.

Candidate Profile
Professional experience • Typically 10 years' professional experience, including a combination of • 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.

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 digitalisation. • Admission to practise law an asset. • Computer proficiency. • The position entails regular travels to ICRC Delegations in Europe and Central Asia, that should progressively resume.

Languages Proficient oral and written English and French.

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 • Grade: C1 • Starting date: February 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:

For any information about ICRC policy on Data protection in relation with recruitment process, please see the following webpage.

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