Data Protection and Privacy Specialist, Multiple positions

Job categories Information Security
Vacancy code VA/2024/B0063/27752
Level ICS-10
Department/office MP, RCG, Risk and Compliance Group
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Building a pool of candidates for ongoing opportunities, retainer engagements and short-term engagements
Application period 18-Mar-2024 to 08-Apr-2024

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

This vacancy is closed.

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The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement, and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors, and United Nations organisations.

UNOPS operating environments and projects are inherently risky. Furthermore, they are increasingly technology-enabled and data-intensive. This makes Data Protection, Privacy and Information Security key elements to the way projects are delivered across the global organisation and the way processes are digitised to better enable that.

The position is located in the Risk Unit, part of a broader Risk and Compliance Group, which covers the functions of Risk Management, Information Security, Compliance, Internal Control, Due Diligence and the organisation's Contract Property Committees. The Risk unit is headed by UNOPS Chief Risk Officer (CRO). The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), reporting to the CRO, leads the Information Security and Privacy function to ensure consistent and high-quality information security management in support of risk management, strategy, projects, and assurance.

One of the priorities of the Information Security and Privacy function is to establish, scale and sustain a privacy program to manage privacy risks, enable and support the organisational goals.

Under the overall guidance of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), each Data Protection and Privacy Specialist will be responsible for a broad range of tasks, including tactical, operational, and strategic activities to support the development and execution of the UNOPS’s privacy management program.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonisation

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Please note this vacancy primarily aims to establish a pool of qualified Data Protection and Privacy Security Specialist(s) interested in retainer, ongoing or short term assignments.

Please note that the Duty Station offers flexibility, with the possibility of being in Copenhagen (HQ) or another country, ensuring there is an overlap in working hours with the Copenhagen timezone.

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UNOPS – an operational arm of the United Nations – supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.

Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

We are proud of our people. The UNOPS family brings together approximately 160 nationalities, represented by over 5,000 UNOPS personnel as well as some 7,800 personnel recruited on behalf on our partners. Spread across 80 countries, our workforce is rich in diversity and culture – with inclusion at its core.

We understand the importance of balancing professional and personal demands and offer several flexible working options.

Explore what we offer here.