Request For Proposal for assessment and advise on Ethical data use In Africa with emerging Data laws

  • Anywhere
Organization: Oxfam
Closing date: 30 Jan 2023

One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.

Around the world, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them. In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.

Oxfam is an international confederation of 21 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. The Oxfam International Secretariat is currently headquartered in Nairobi, with offices in Oxford, Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa.

1.0 Background

Data protection is one of the most important issues in Emerging Africa today. It’s essential that data protection considerations are embedded in organizations such as Oxfam as they try to deepen support to people who are poor and marginalized. The organizational interventions must be undertaken in way that protects the privacy of Oxfam’s partners and the interventions should further the protection of affected populations that we work with. As Oxfam Kenya and HECA worked with a teleco in development of a digital targeting method, data protection issues and the evolution of data protection laws in Africa come to the centre of our activity. This issues that came up were broader than Social Protection and humanitarian targeting concerns and touched on most of what Oxfam does in its interventions.

There are several ethical concerns on data protection, including how NGOs handle information about their targeted recipients. These are key issues in Humanitarian aid, development, but particularly Social Protection and Humanitarian cash that depends on registries of people.

African countries are starting to set up data protection laws that mirror EU laws. The data protection law in EU ensures that personal information collected and stored by businesses is handled responsibly. It’s designed to give individuals control over how their data is used, and it also helps businesses comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect in May 2018. This means that EU citizens have the right to know what information about them is being collected, how it is being used, and by whom. The EU also requires that organizations collect only the minimum amount of personal data necessary for their business purposes, and that any additional information is used for specific purposes only. The law protects citizens from having their personal information misused by businesses or governments. It also ensures that companies can’t use people’s personal data for reasons other than what was originally intended.

Data protection laws that are based on the GDPR are increasing in Africa. Around 20 countries in Africa have data protection laws or rules and the interpretation of these will gradually have a bearing in how Oxfam managed data of people in HECA and Africa.

We would like to hire consultant to develop an internal guidance document for Oxfam and Oxfam partners in relation to the emerging data laws in Africa. This will include practical interpretation of the data protection laws in Africa on issues of privacy, data security requirements and confidentiality. There will also be updates on legal and ethical requirements on; The right to be informed about the data that is being collected, how it is being used and how it will be deleted; The right to correct any mistakes made by Oxfam or the partner; The right to know who will have access to your data and for what purposes; The right to limit or stop the collection of personal information in the future.

2.0 Objective of Consultancy

The main objective of this call si to conduct a comprehensive assessment of data protection laws in African countries relevant to Oxfam’s humanitarian and developmental work, and to provide recommendations for ensuring compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the handling and processing of personal data.

The specific objectives are to:

  • To evaluate the current data protection laws in African countries relevant to Oxfam’s operations and identify any gaps or inconsistencies with the GDPR.
  • To assess the readiness of Oxfam’s current data protection policies and procedures for compliance with the GDPR in African countries.
  • To recommend practical measures for Oxfam to implement in order to ensure compliance with data protection laws and the GDPR in its humanitarian and developmental work in Africa.
  • To provide training and guidance to Oxfam staff on data protection laws and the GDPR, specifically in relation to the handling and processing of personal data in African countries.

3.0 Methodological Considerations

The consultant will work independently but in close and regular communication with a dedicated Oxfam staff dealing with Social Protection and ICT4D, providing guidance and support this project. The consultant will detail the proposed methodology in the application proposal, and work plan in line with the Terms of Reference.

4.0 Expected Deliverables

The consultant will be expected to produce the following outputs:

  • Develop an inception report with a clear indication of methods, activities and work plan that would logically lead to the development of the proof of concept
  • A 20-page draft report and final report that outlines the detailed technical guide, process, findings, guidance of the proof of concept for AI.

All deliverables will include full documents and a PPT summary and delivery is proposed as follows:




Inception Report

7 days after start of assignment


Draft report and proof of concept

15 days after start of assignment


A high-quality document of no more than 20 pages that includes proof of concept and a policy brief.

days after start of assignment

5.0 Time Commitments

The assignment is expected to start in Mid-January and end in Mid-February 2023. Planning for a maximum of 21 working days seems reasonable, although it can be less or more, if properly justified in the application proposal.

6.0 Place of the Assignment

Home based

7.0 Budget

The consultant is requested to provide a budget for the work, which breaks down daily fees and any other costs.

8.0 Essential Skills and Competences

Required skills and competencies for this assignment:

  • Relevant university degree and postgraduate / master’s degree.
  • Knowledge certified with evidence (certificate, etc.) of AI and/or general scripting and coding.
  • At least 5 years’ experience and skills on development of digital outputs.
  • At least 5 years’ experience and skills on facilitate dialogue and exchange.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Fluency in English.

9.0 Application Procedures

interested and qualified candidates (both institutions and individuals) should submit their applications with the subject line clearly marked: “Request for Proposal for “The Development of HECA proof of Concept for digital Targeting”.

The application should contain a financial and a technical proposal. The technical proposal should clearly show the understanding and interpretation of this call for proposals.

The financial proposal should include consultant’s daily rate and include indication of other support costs that may be involved in conducting the assignment.

The application proposals should be accompanied by following documents to exhibit key competencies and credentials of the applicants. They are

• Consultant’s Up-to-date CV reflecting relevant experiences and qualifications

• Key reference contacts for previous work done – Organizations worked for.

• Samples of similar work undertaken.

How to apply

If you believe your qualifications meet the requirements, please send your Expression of interest by 30th January 2023 to

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