Data Protection Officer

Why hire a Data Protection Officer (DPO)

Data protection officers (DPOs) are independent experts in data protection strategies and risk assessment. This role was created under the Data Protection Act to oversee organizations’ data protection strategies and ensure compliance with data privacy regulations. DPOs conduct risk assessments to identify an organization’s level of compliance with data protection regulations and develop strategies to ensure full compliance. While the role was initially created to ensure compliance with Data Protection Act, it has evolved to encompass other data protection laws.

You might hire a data protection officer to:

Ensure full compliance with Data Protection Act
Ensure compliance with sector-specific data protection regulations
Identify and eliminate areas of risk for sensitive data
Train and educate employees and management on their responsibilities under data protection laws

Skills and qualifications to look for in a data protection officer

Although every organization has different needs, many recruiters and hiring managers look for data protection officers with the following skills and qualifications. Understanding which skills and qualifications are required and which are preferred can help you determine the best-fit candidates

Sample qualification of a data protection officer (DPO)

Objectives of this role

Serve as the main point of contact within the organization for staff members, regulators, and relevant public authorities on issues related to data protection
Ensure that company policies are in compliance with codes of practice such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
Evaluate the existing data protection framework to identify areas of no or partial compliance, and rectify any issues
Devise training plans and provide data protection advice to staff members
Inform and advise the data controller or data processor on all matters related to data protection
Promote a culture of data protection and compliance across all units of the organization


Provide expert advice and educate employees on important data compliance requirements
Draft new and amend existing internal data protection policies, guidelines, and procedures, in consultation with key stakeholders
Deliver training across all business units to staff members who are involved in data handling or processing
Conduct audits to ensure compliance and to address potential issues
Maintain records of all data processing activities of the company
Serve as point of contact for data protection authorities

Required skills and qualifications

Three or more years of experience in data protection compliance or related field
Expertise in data protection laws and practices, including deep understanding of GDPR
Experience in a legal, audit, or risk management role
Strong project management skills
Ability to work effectively under pressure and to manage sensitive and confidential information
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with strong attention to detail

Preferred skills and qualifications

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science or related field
Proficiency with software for preparing reports and presentations


Our Office Location

Chieko Plaza Opp Catholic Church

1st Floor RM A1-5A

Along Southern ByPass

Kikuyu CBD