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Bridging Divides through Accountable Governance (BDAG) Programme

The Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs is inviting applications from suitable individuals to fill a total of seven job vacancies related to the operation and implementation of a programme funded by the European Union in support of good governance and institutional reform in Kenya entitled ‘Bridging Divides through Accountable Governance’ (BDAG) Programme.

Three temporary jobs will work directly at one of the ministry’s implementing departments, namely the National Legal Aid and Awareness (NALEAP) programme.

The other four temporary positions will work at the BDAG Programme Management and Facilitation Unit that will manage funds, coordinate activities and provide administrative support to the implementers of the programme.

The programme is expected to finalise its activities by January 2014. The positions are open to Kenyan citizens and nationals of African, Caribbean and Pacific Member States who are resident in Kenya and posses a valid work permit.

The National Legal Aid and Awareness Programme (NALEAP)

Legal Awareness Officer

Summary description:

Reporting to the National Coordinator of NALEAP, the Legal Awareness Officer (LAO) will be responsible for reinforcing the capacities of NALEAP to plan a National Legal Aid and Awareness scheme that will be embedded in the proposed Bill and Policy for Legal Aid and Awareness.

The person will assess awareness needs, the results of the evaluation of the pilot projects and will extract the lessons learnt that will lead towards identifying the most viable options to be included into the national scheme.

Qualifications and Experience: 

  • The person must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Law or Political Sciences.
  • A Masters degree in a relevant discipline will be an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in middle and senior positions in programmes directly related to access to justice, preferably operated by government and/or international organisations.
  • Proficiency in policy formulation and analysis, institutional support and governance programmes.
  • Good knowledge of legal aid and awareness schemes in the African region will be a great asset.
Personal skills:

The applicant must have strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills; good management and organisational skills; demonstrated responsibility and focus on achieving results; good reporting skills.

The intended contract duration for this job is 6 months, and could be extended if the situation requires so; in any event the contract shall end by January 2014.

Outreach and Advocacy Officer

Summary description: 

Reporting to the National Coordinator of NALEAP, the Outreach and Advocacy Officer (OAO) will be responsible for enhancing the impact of NALEAP´s outreach and advocacy activities.

The post will facilitate effective understanding by decision-makers, the media, stakeholders and partners of NALEAP’s efforts to create a National Legal Aid and Awareness scheme.

The job will develop and implement NALEAP’s advocacy and outreach strategy, ensuring adequate visibility of the Programme’s purpose, objectives and results among target groups through advocacy activities, including the preparation of I.E.C materials and other informative tools (e.g. website).

Qualifications and Experience:
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Public Management or Political Sciences.
  • A postgraduate degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline is an added advantage; must have a thorough understanding of the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector (GJLOS) in Kenya; with at least 5 years’ experience in middle and senior positions with similar goals and tasks.
  • Proficiency in communication and lobby techniques.
  • Familiarity with new communication technologies is an added advantage.
Personal skills:

The applicant must possess the following skills and attributes: Excellent advocacy, outreach and communication skills; strong interpersonal and networking skills; demonstrated analytical skills backed by sound working knowledge of project and programme management techniques; demonstrable self-confidence and agility of thought.

The intended contract duration for this job is 12 months and could be extended if the situation requires so; in any event the contract shall end by January 2014.

Project Assistant

Summary description:

Reporting to the Programme Coordinator, the Project Assistant (PA) is responsible for reinforcing the capacities of NALEAP to run and administer the activities supported by the BDAG programme.

The job will focus on supporting the implementation of the programme’s interventions by providing administrative and secretarial support to the Programme’s implementers, planning and organising activities, coordinating the production and editing of reports, organising project events and keeping records of all project documentation.

Qualifications and Experience:
  • The person must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Development Studies or Political Sciences, with at least 5 years’ experience in mid-level positions in management and administration of development projects preferably with government and/or international organisations.
  • Previous positions in similar assignments and/or experience with European Union-funded projects will be a strong advantage, especially in reporting and proposal development.
Personal skills: 

The person must have analytical and executive skills, paying attention to practical and operational aspects; strong interpersonal and communication skills; good institutional representation and reporting skills; knowledge of techniques in project formulation design, planning and implementation (PCM approach); demonstrable selfconfidence and agility of thought.

The intended contract duration is 18 months, and could be extended if the situation requires so; in any event the contract shall end by January 2014.

Competitive remuneration packages will be offered to successful candidates.

Interested candidates who meet the given criteria are invited to apply, quoting the job title on both envelop and the cover letter.

Applications must include a CV providing an email address and day telephone number, describing the qualifications and experience with details on position held, and giving the names and addresses of three referees.

Candidates shall download the full job descriptions from the ministry´s website: http://www.justice.go.ke

The application must include copies of academic and professional qualifications and be sent by 26th April 2012 at 5.00 pm to:

The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs;
Cooperative Bank House 7th Floor - Reception;
P. O. Box 56057-00200, Nairobi

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