Director of Public Prosecutions Job in Kenya

Director of Public Prosecutions


For appointment to this position, a candidate must: 

  • hold a law degree from a recognized university, or be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, or possess an equivalent qualification from a common law jurisdiction;
  • have at least ten (10) years experience as a Superior Court Judge or professionally qualified Magistrate; or
  • have at least ten (10) years experience as a distinguished academic orlegal practitioner or such experience in other relevant legal field; or
  • have held the qualifications specified in paragraphs (b) and (c) for a period amounting, in aggregate, to ten (10) years;
  • be of high moral character, integrity and impartiality; 
  • meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution; and 
  • demonstrate a high degree of professional competence, communication skills, fairness, good temperament, good judgment in both legal and life experiences and commitment to public and community service.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Director of Public Prosecutions shall:

  • have power to direct the Inspector-General to investigate any information or allegation of criminal conduct and the Inspector-General shall comply with any such direction;
  • exercise State powers of prosecution which may include:
  • instituting and undertaking criminal proceedings against any person before any court (other than a court martial) in respect of any offence alleged to have been committed;
  • taking over and continuing any criminal proceedings commenced in any court (other than a court martial) that have been instituted or undertaken by another person or authority, with the permission of the person or authority; 
  • promoting appropriate standards of practice by public prosecutors, assistant prosecutors, and any other person exercising prosecutorial authority under the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013;
  • implementing an effective prosecution mechanism so as to maintain the rule of law and contribute to fair and equitable criminal justice and the effective protection of citizens against crime; 
  • discontinuing at any stage before judgment is delivered any criminal proceedings instituted by the Director of Public Prosecutions or taken over by the Director of Public Prosecutions;
  • formulating and keeping under review public prosecution policy;
  • cooperating with the National Police Service, investigative agencies, the courts, the legal profession and other Government agencies or institutions so as to ensure the fairness and effectiveness of public prosecutions;
  • setting the qualifications for the appointment of prosecutors;
  • reviewing decisions to prosecute, or not to prosecute, any criminaloffence;
  • advising the State on all matters relating to the administration of criminal justice;
  • be responsible for accounting for State monies received or paid out on account of the Office;
  • submit an annual report to the President and Parliament on the performance and overall fulfillment of the object and purpose of the Office under the Constitution, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013 and any other written law; and
  • undertake all such other activities as are necessary or incidental to the performance of the functions of the office under the Constitution, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013, or any other written law.


  • The Director of Public Prosecutions shall hold office for a term of eight (8) years and shall not be eligible for re-appointment.
  • The salary and benefits entitled to the position of Director of Public 
  • Prosecutions shall be as determined by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. 

How to Apply
Each application should be accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae, copies of relevant academic and professional certificates and transcripts, National Identity Card or Passport, testimonials and any other relevant upporting documents;

(All applications should be addressed to “The Chairperson of the DPP Selection Panel and submitted in ONE of the following ways:
Posted applications in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Application for the position of the Director of Public Prosecutions” and addressed to: 
The Chairperson, DPP Selection Panel
Public Service Commission
Commission House
P.O. Box 30095-00100

Hand Delivered to the office of the Secretary/CEO on 4th floor of Commission House, on Harambee Avenue;
Online via email:
Names of all applicants shall be published on the Public Service Commission website.

The names of the shortlisted candidates together with the interview schedule shall be published in the print media. 
Interested applicants are expected to obtain clearances from the following bodies:

  • Kenya Revenue Authority; 
  • Higher Education Loans Board; 
  • A registered Credit Reference Bureau; 
  • Directorate of Criminal Investigation (certificate of good conduct); 
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Printed Online Self-Declaration Application Acknowledgement Receipt or a Self-declaration Form duly stamped for this Job Application by EACC); and Relevant professional bodies and associations, if any. 

Canvasing for this position will lead to automatic disqualification.
“Women, minorities, marginalized and persons living with disability are encouraged to apply”. 
All applications should reach the Selection Panel on or before Wednesday 12th July, 2023 at 5.00 p.m