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Government Jobs in Kenya - The Judiciary

Republic of Kenya
 
The Judiciary
 
The Judicial Service Commission
 
Vacancies: The Judicial Service Commission of Kenya hereby invites applications from suitably qualified, experienced and self - motivated Judicial Staff with proven track record for the following positions in the Judiciary.

The ideal candidates must be persons of high integrity, hardworking, able to work with minimum supervision, possess good interpersonal communication skills and self-motivating.

1. Assistant Director, Legal Unit 
(PLS 14)
1 Post
 
This is the Head of the Legal Unit. He/she will be responsible to the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary. 

The job holder will be responsible for the effective and efficient management of the Legal Unit, provision of legal advisory services and ensuring effective management of legal and contractual risks.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
·                     Receive summons and instruction on behalf of the Chief Registrar and coordinate with external Lawyers to enter appearance, file and cross file relevant pleadings in matters where the Chief Registrar and or Judiciary is a party.
·                     Provide legal protection and risk management advice to management especially on contract management and tendering.
·                     Review progress of outstanding litigation, liaise with and manage external lawyers and Office of the Attorney General.
·                     Advising, negotiate, draft, vet, review, and interpret local and international documents, agreements, contracts, memoranda of understanding and interpreting international and regional treaties for and on behalf of the Judiciary.
·                     Ensure compliance and enforcement of Judicial Service Commission decisions as directed by the Chief Registrar in her capacity as the Secretary of the Commission.
·                     Identify strategic priority areas that require Law reform within the Judiciary and in national Legislation and undertake activities in that regard.
·                     Advise the Chief Registrar on all matters relating to the Constitution, national legislations and County legislations affecting the administration of Justice.
·                     Undertake Legal Audits to ensure the Constitutional provisions County and national legislations, regional and international treaties or legal documents/instruments that are attendant to Judiciary and Judicial functions are complied with and enforced in the Judiciary.
·                     Provide leadership and ensure efficient and effective management of staff and resources in the Legal unit.
Qualifications and Experience
 
The candidate must:-
·                     Have a Bachelors Degree in Law from a recognized institution;
·                     Have a Masters Degree in Law from a recognized institution;
·                     Be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya;
·                     Have a minimum of seven (7) years’ post admission experience in legal practice with focus on Litigation, Commercial & Conveyancing, Government Contracting, Public Finance, Employment & Labour Relations, Governance, Policy, Regulatory and Statutory compliance;
·                     Be proficient in Computer applications; and
·                     Have good personality and integrity.
2. Principal Legal Officer 
(PLS 13) 
1 Post

The Principal Legal Officer will be responsible to the Assistant Director, Legal Unit.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
·                     Review and draft contracts, agreements and internal policies and ensure that they are in compliance with all statutory or legal requirements.
·                     Review progress of outstanding litigation, liaise with and manage external lawyers and Office of the Attorney General.
·                     Coordinate with external Lawyers and the Office of the Attorney General to review draft demand letters, plaints, defences, applications and various pleadings in contentious Civil, Criminal, Commercial and Conveyance matters.
·                     Coordinate with external Lawyers and the Office of the Attorney General in conducting Civil, Criminal, and Commercial litigation, Client interview and drafting of legal opinions, notices, memoranda, motions, briefs and appeals in matters where the Chief Registrar and or Judiciary are enjoined.
·                     Review all the pleadings and advise the Chief Registrar on all actions, lawsuits and proceedings brought against any Judges, Judicial Officer or employees acting in his/her official capacity in any of the Court proceedings.
·                     Coordinate with external Lawyers and relevant government agencies and or institute Legal proceedings for the recovery of the illegally acquired assets and monies belonging to the Judiciary including.
·                     Liaise and coordinate with other independent state offices such as the office of Chief Justice, Attorney General and responsible for assignment of briefs to Legal Counsel representing the Chief Registrar or Judiciary in Court and coordinate litigations and suits management.
·                     Coordinate with other government agencies and or consultants in drafting and formulation of bills or legislative proposals attendant to the Judiciary and advising the Chief Registrar on the legislative and other emerging legal and constitutional matters touching on the Administration of the Judiciary.
Qualifications and Experience
 
The candidate must:-
·                     Have a Bachelors Degree in Law from a recognized institution;
·                     Have a Masters Degree in Law from a recognized institution;
·                     Be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya;
·                     Have a minimum of five (5) years’ post admission experience in Legal practice with focus on Litigation, Commercial & Conveyancing, Government Contracting, Public Finance, Employment & Labour Relations, Governance, Policy, Regulatory and Statutory compliance;
·                     Be proficient in Computer applications; and
·                     Have good personality and integrity.
3. Chief Legal Officer 
(PLS 12)
3 Posts
 
The Chief Legal Officer will be responsible to the Principal Legal Officer, Legal unit.
 
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
·                     Draft, negotiate, vet, review and approve for execution by the Chief Registrar, contracts, leases, agreements, licences, charges, discharge documents, transfers, security documents, preparation and registration of conveyance documents.
·                     Draft demand and statuory notices and conduct negotiations, mediation and arbitration hearings for amicable settlements on behalf of Judiciary and advice the Chief Registrar on liability and any quantum payable where necessary.
·                     Prepare bench memos, desk review reports and written legal opinions and oral submissions when requested by the Chief Registrar, the Directorates, Registrar or any ad hoc Committee formed within the Judiciary, upon any Constitution or Legal questions.
·                     Conduct pretrial discovery, depositions and witness preparation on behalf of the Judiciary.
·                     Receive, maintain and keep records of all legal proceedings in Court or tribunal which the Chief Registrar is a party or has interest in her capacity as the Accounting Officer and or administrator of the Judiciary for effective case management.
·                     Review all the pleadings and advise the Chief Registrar on all actions, lawsuits and proceedings brought against any Judges, Judicial Officer or employees acting in his/her official capacity in any of the Court proceedings.
·                     Conduct overall review, research, formulation and implementation of Legal policies in the mandate areas of the Judiciary.
Qualifications and Experience
 
The candidate must:-
·                     Have a Bachelors Degree in Law from a recognized institution;
·                     Be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya;
·                     Have a minimum of five (5) years’ post admission experience in Legal practice with focus on Litigation, Commercial & Conveyancing, Government Contracting, Public Finance, Employment & Labour Relations, Governance, Policy, Regulatory and Statutory compliance;
·                     Be proficient in Computer applications; and
·                     Have good personality and integrity.
Salary / Benefits: A competitive remuneration package in addition to other benefits will be offered to the successful candidate(s).

If you meet the above requirements and consider yourself proactive, self-driven and up to the  challenge, please submit your application to the Judiciary jobs website: jobs.judiciary.go.ke on or before 30th September, 2015.
 
You are required to attach detailed curriculum vitae, including daytime telephone contact, copies of academic and professional transcripts, certificates and testimonials.
 
Note:
1.          Please do not apply for these positions if you do not have the required qualifications and experience as per the advertisement.
2.          Only short listed candidates shall be contacted and any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
3.          Judiciary employees are encouraged to apply.
4.          Please note, hard copy applications will not be accepted.


The Judicial Service Commission is an equal opportunity employer

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