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Legal Officer Job in Kenya

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation with the exclusively humanitarian mission to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. 

It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and universal humanitarian principles.

The ICRC’s Regional Delegation in Nairobi co-ordinates the institution’s humanitarian activities in Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti.

It also runs regional specialist units that provide support and expertise to the ICRC’s delegations in East Africa, the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa.
Legal Officer
The Regional Delegation in Nairobi is seeking an experienced and highly motivated person to fill the above-mentioned position:
The Responsibilities:
  • Advise the delegation on issues of national implementation of IHL and liaise with relevant Kenyan and Tanzanian authorities on issues of domestication of international humanitarian law treaties;
  • Conduct dissemination sessions on IHL and ICRC work to a variety of target publics;
  • In close collaboration with the Regional Legal Adviser, actively promote the co-operation between ICRC and relevant universities in dissemination of IHL;
  • Organise and conduct the National Moot and Essay competitions;
  • Provide professional and technical support to the various ICRC programmes as well as advise on legal issues that are of interest to the ICRC;
  • Contribute to the general analysis needed for annual planning as well as assist in preparation of the planning of activities and preparation of budget for IHL issues;
  • Work in close coordination with National Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and the Liaison Officer on IHL and other relevant legal issues;
  • Ensure timely reports for the projects undertaken, and contribute to all other institutional reports on matters relating to IHL.
The Requirements:
  • Postgraduate degree in law with specialization in international law or human rights;
  • Three years of professional experience in international relations, humanitarian affairs or similar fields;
  • Excellent computer skills (particularly Power point, MS Word);
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Swahili & knowledge of French is an advantage;
  • Proven knowledge in teaching, researching and dealing with international law and human rights issues;
  • A good understanding of National Societies, how they operate and ICRC’s cooperation role.
The Profile:
  • Must be a Kenyan citizen (Male or Female);
  • Excellent presentation and communications skills with good organisational and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Good interpersonal, reporting and writing skills;
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel in the countries covered by the Regional Delegation.
Interested persons with the required background and experience are invited to submit their application to the Head of Human Resources on the address below, on or before 15th June 2013. 

Please include detailed curriculum vitae, current remuneration and contact details of three referees.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
International Committee of the Red Cross,
Nairobi Regional Delegation, 
Denis Pritt Road, 
P.O.Box 73226, 
Nairobi, 00200,


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