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Data Protection Legal Adviser (800793)

Requisition ID:  19956
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

Reports to (role)


Head of Data Protection Office


What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.




As a member of the Data Protection Office (DPO): 


  • Supervision and monitoring of the application of ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection in the processing of personal data within the ICRC.
  • Support to ICRC departments in the implementation of ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection providing legal analysis and advice; notably ensuring policy developments and Data Protection by Design and by Default.  

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities (1/2)

Support ICRC Departments in the implementation of ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection:  


  • Advise on the effective application of ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection and related Policies (notably the Biometrics Policy) and guidelines.
  • Develop procedures, guidelines, and templates/forms, including Information Notices and ToUs.
  • Engage and advise on engagements with stakeholders on data protection and privacy issues, including the negotiation of data processing or data sharing agreements. 
  • Ensure the implementation of Data Protection by design and by default in projects or within the development of new data processing. Including:
    • Support to DPIAs, 
    • Implement the Cloud Strategy framework when applicable: support Data Classification, Legal Assessment, and review of the Risk Management framework in coordination with relevant departments.
    • Support for contractual agreements in line with ICRC Rule​​​​​​​


Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities (2/2)


As a member of the DPO:


  • Manage data breaches in coordination with information security and in support of the staff in charge
  • Support the development and update of ICRC Rules and related policies, 
  • Ensure data subjects can exercise their rights,
  • Support the monitoring of the application of ICRC Rules within the institution, and Identify issues and/or cases that should be transmitted to the ICRC Independent Commission on Data Protection,
  • Provide trainings or information session on Data Protection to the ICRC departments,  
  • Participate to external engagement or to relevant panels and events, 
  • Monitor relevant DP/ Privacy legal developments and conduct ad hoc research on DP in Humanitarian action questions, 
  • Ensure a proper information management of DPO opinions, advisory opinions and inputs.  




  • Internally, interacts with the relevant Departments at HQ, with the Project Managers, and regularly with IT, Legal Division, and Corporate Legal Affairs Office 
  • Externally, interacts with Service providers, with ICRC partners. 


Certifications / Education required


  • Bachelor’s degree in law and master’s degree in law, international law, or human rights law.
  • Knowledge of data protection laws, confirmed by Data Protection Officer certification.
  • Admission to practice law is an asset.
  • Fluent command of English and French.
  • Computer proficiency.


Professional Experience required


  • Typically 10-12 years’ overall professional experience
  • Minimum 5 years experience as a legal adviser/attorney.
  • Minimum 2 years experience advising on data protection/privacy matters.
  • Operational experience in the humanitarian sector as program coordinator/manager and/or within a recognized international organization.


Additional information


  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Type of contract: Open-ended
  • Activity rate: 100%
  • Estimated start date: December 2022
  • Recruiter: Diara Niang
  • Application deadline: Thursday 13th of October 2022


Are you ready to explore the next chapter of your career? Apply now!


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


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.