Senior Specialist: Privacy Counsel

at Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia Plc
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted March 8, 2022
Category NGO
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia Plc is a company supporting Ethiopia’s digital transformation. As a member of the Vodacom family, we have a wealth of experience connecting over 334 million people globally and over 180 million people in Africa across our network. We look forward to partnering with Ethiopians as we build a new network in Ethiopia.

We are setting the groundwork in readiness for the launch of our services next year and are looking to work with purpose-led teams that put the community at the heart of service.

Safaricom Ethiopia is offering a wide range of careers, whether you’re looking to join our technology, commercial or corporate teams. If you would like a challenge and the promise of a digital future for the people of Ethiopia, we are looking for you.

We are pleased to announce the following vacancy for Senior Specialist: Privacy Counsel  within the Legal & Risk Function in Ethiopia. In keeping with our current business needs, we are looking for a person who meets the criteria indicated below.

Detailed Description

Reporting to Executive Head of Compliance, the role holder will be responsible for Managing and implementing the Safaricom Ethiopia privacy programme. The Privacy Counsel will be accountable for POPI compliance within Safari com Ethiopia. The role will deal with day-to-day legal, contractual and regulatory matters involving data privacy and provides strategic advice and guidance including protection and use personal information across various business units.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Providing legal expert advice, counsel and guidance to all business units within Safaricom Ethiopia on global privacy laws, regulations and best practices.
  • Drafting and reviewing data protection agreements and managing the implementation of privacy initiatives, including conducting Privacy Risk Impact Assessments, maintenance of processing records and Security and Privacy by Design and Assurance (SPDA); creating business friendly guidance documents and resources including privacy playbooks.
  • Developing, maintaining and reviewing relevant corporate policies and providing training to ensure compliance with Privacy related laws
  • SPOC for Privacy Office in engaging with  senior management to ensure Vodacom adopts consistent and harmonized approaches on the processing of personal information
  •  Responsible for engagement  with Information Regulators office and providing reports as may be required by the Information Regulator from time to time
  •  Conduct research and preparing position papers on critical privacy matters affecting Safaricom Ethiopia.

Job Requirements


  • 3-5 years in a Legal or Regulatory  environment  with sound and balanced legal judgement and business awareness, with an understanding of the need to pragmatically assess risk
  • Extensive experience (3- 5yrs or more) in  a regulated industry e.g. Telco, banking, management consulting or any other industry that deals with high risk personal data usage,  within a multinational matrix organization
  • Admitted attorney (an advantage)
  • Relevant Legal Degree essential (LLB preferred)
  • 3 -5 years’ experience in dealing with privacy and data protection matters is highly recommended
  • Working knowledge of the Protection of Personal Information) and various privacy legislations in Africa and operationalizing Privacy
  • a Professional Privacy  certification (CIPP, CIPT or CIPM) or other privacy certification or qualification is highly recommended will be advantageous
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