Privacy & Data Security Manager

  • Closing date 31 Dec 2018
  • Type Full-time
  • Duration Permanent

Privacy & Data Security Manager

Design and implement our strategic approach to privacy and data that enables our technology to improve millions of lives.


Simprints is a nonprofit tech company founded by a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge. Our mission is to transform the way we fight poverty. We use technology like biometrics to radically increase transparency and effectiveness in global development. Our goal is to make sure that every vaccine, every bednet, every dollar reaches its intended beneficiary.

As the only nonprofit biometrics company in the world, we provide accurate, affordable, and secure identification tools to help NGOs, businesses and governments deliver essential services to their most vulnerable populations. We are backed by the Gates Foundation, USAID, DFID, Gavi, the Global Innovation Fund and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and we work with multiple partners including Concern Worldwide, BRAC, and Mercy Corps.

Since August 2016, we have launched projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Malawi, and Somalia. This is just the beginning. Simprints has already committed to reach 4.5m beneficiaries by the end of 2019. Right now, our flagship project with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (backed by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) is delivering essential deworming treatment to 2m individuals across 15 districts of Ethiopia.  

10 Reasons to join Simprints

Life is short. We believe work should be awesome, meaningful, and fun. At Simprints we’re taking on global development’s biggest challenges, powered by an amazing culture and incredible people. Work with us, and you will grow faster, learn more, and take on greater responsibilities than nearly any other job.

  1. Genuine impact. Spearhead the strategic approach to privacy and data security for complex projects that impact millions of beneficiaries.

  2. An extensive network of people. Work closely with a diverse portfolio of clients including big iNGOs such as Mercy Corps or Concern Worldwide, as well as Ministries of Health and Education in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, to realize breakthrough partnership models that can drive sustained impact..

  3. Scaling-up your career. There is huge opportunity to expand and grow within the organisation, for the right candidate this could mean the potential to drive privacy strategy contributing to Simprints’ lasting impact in the International Development space.

  4. Exciting challenge. We are in a unique situation: a nonprofit, impact driven company that is processing millions of highly sensitive biometric records in some of the world's harshest settings. Privacy doesn't get more challenging (and exciting) than this

  5. Working flexible hours. More efficient late at night? Better before the sun rises? That’s fine by us. We are looking for people who get the job done, not for people who work between 9am and 5pm.

  6. Unlimited paid time off. We set high quarterly goals, but give people the freedom to choose when and how to recharge. Join a team that trusts you with the job.

  7. Fieldwork around the world. An opportunity to join our Project Operations team, experiencing how Simprints impacts the lives of our users and beneficiaries.

  8. A focus on personal development and wellbeing. An Eduprints and Wellness allowance of £1,600 per annum. Plus free healthy breakfast and snacks.

  9. Pace and autonomy. We have a fun, fast-paced Scrum culture that enables individuals and teams to prioritise actions that align with our quarterly and yearly goals.

  10. Creativity and Innovation. Quarterly ‘Lego’ days where you can work on any project you want.

About the role

We are looking for a Privacy & Data Security Manager to spearhead our strategic and innovative leadership in this area. We are in a unique situation: a nonprofit, impact driven company that is processing millions of highly sensitive biometric records in some of the world's harshest settings. Privacy doesn't get more challenging (and exciting) than this!  There is huge opportunity to expand and grow within the organisation, for the right candidate this could mean ensuring the privacy standards for some of the biggest projects our sector will deploy over the coming decade.  You will also become a key advocate, pushing the entire international development and biometrics industries to follow our example and improve privacy standards in their own programmes. Your work will enable Simprints will have last effects on the use of biometric data within the international development sector and beyond.

What are your responsibilities?

This role will feed directly into the Executive Team’s strategy and reports to the COO.  Your responsibilities will be based around the overarching objective of enabling Simprints to spearhead a proactive and innovative approach to privacy and data security, and will include:


  • Collaborating with cross-functional stakeholders to understand their privacy and data needs and championing privacy in all areas of Simprints

  • Formulating and completing end-to-end analysis of our current approach, and driving strategic leadership in this area both internally and externally by defining our privacy roadmap and any internal procedures

  • Aligning and leading the Privacy Guild and holding Privacy Squad Leads accountable

  • Owning our security architecture, data-breach review and management system, and working in partnership with the CTO to minimise technical risk

  • Leading external security and privacy assessments, including system penetration testing, social engineering mitigation and other white hat hacking techniques

  • Ensuring that ‘privacy by default and design’ principles are embedded into the “Simprints DNA”, systems, and processes for data collection and use

  • Take on the Data Protection Officer (DPO) role at Simprints and become the key contact point for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

  • Supporting in the response and resolution to any incident affecting sensitive personal data

  • Responding to queries from the business and our external stakeholders on privacy and data security

  • Conducting and updating comprehensive Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) in collaboration with our Impact Partnerships and Project Operations Squads for our on-the-ground projects globally

  • Escalating and resolving privacy risks arising from any changes in the project scope or data processing activities

  • Externally advocating a proactive and positive approach to privacy and data security, and promoting higher privacy standards across our industries at global conferences and events

  • Providing appropriate advice and interpretation of data privacy legislation

  • Educating, influencing and supporting the team to increase awareness of privacy and data security requirements, including those of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

  • Maintain awareness of changes to legislation, emergence of case law and other areas relevant to privacy and data protection that affect the processing of sensitive personal data and share this awareness with key stakeholders informing them of the relevant impact


What skills do you need?

You are a proven self starter with an enquiring mind, and a capacity to stay curious. You have demonstrated ability to dig into detail to identify innovative approaches to privacy and data security, whilst protecting the sensitive personal data of our beneficiaries. You can understand different perspectives of this complex area, and know how to connect the dots and interact with key stakeholders. An inspiring passion for privacy and data security, as well as the ability to effectively communicate both internally and externally, is essential.

At Simprints you will be working within a cross-functional team of passionate engineers and development professionals focused on different aspects of designing our products and deploying them in the field.Therefore, a deep-rooted commitment to collaborative problem solving, robust data-driven insights, and high quality communications is critical. Past experience with the requirements below, and the genuine desire to develop world-class skills, are the ideal fit. You either have these skills, or you’re willing to learn them quickly:

Technical Skills:

  • Relevant degree or equivalent experience in subject areas including Law, IT, Computer Science, Philosophy.

  • Ability to translate legal concepts into real, practical strategies and oversee and undertake the implementation of these strategies.

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize and analyse complex information from multiple stakeholders and convert this into tangible actions

  • Deep interest and aptitude in privacy, data, and security.

  • Strong track record in stakeholder and partnership management track record.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to craft precise and compelling stories to enable internal alignment and external advocacy.

  • Evidence of a bias to action with strong attention to detail and data-driven decision making.

  • Privacy and Data Security experience within a commercial, technical, or international development environment is a plus.

  • Familiarly and experience with the application of privacy and data protection regulations, particularly the concepts of privacy by default and design, would be beneficial .


Note: we will be providing extensive privacy/data security training opportunities to the selected candidate.


Human Skills:

  • Communication. You are able to collaborate and articulately communicate concepts, ideas and decisions effectively across many levels, and build strong interpersonal relationships with engineers, operational managers, and external stakeholders.  You have the ability to coordinate privacy work across the company with privacy leads and within the Executive Team.

  • Integrity. You have an unwavering commitment to ‘confronting the grey’ in all areas of your work, and encourage transparency in all your interactions.

  • Intellect. You understand the importance of rigorously detailed data, and have a strong ability to synthesize complex and potentially competing requirements, and convert them into recommendations that drive business decisions.

  • Problem-solving. You have distinctive problem solving skills and good business judgment.  You are capable of translating different privacy related scenarios into clear recommendations.

  • Curiosity. You have a desire to think innovatively and explore and understand how different perspectives and complex data blend together to create the bigger picture and context.  

  • Learning. You love learning new things, are able to think on your feet, and can pick up new tools and methods quickly.  

  • Grit. You have a hands-on, can-do attitude and have the drive to dig deep into problems to discover pain points and features from multiple perspectives, and resilience to stay focused on a project to the end.

  • Passion. If being part of team that designs and deploys technology for global health sounds exciting, we want to meet you!


What to do next?

Please submit your CV and cover letter on For the cover letter, make sure to answer the following questions:

  • What is your vision for your contribution to the world, what excites you?

  • Why are you applying to Simprints and not somewhere else?

  • What value do you think you can bring to the team?

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