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Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) Jobs in Kenya

The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission is established under Section 3(1) of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Act No.6 of 2008 with the objective of promoting peace, justice, national unity, healing, reconciliation and dignity among the people of Kenya.

The Commission therefore is seeking to recruit suitable qualified Kenyan candidates for the following positions:

1. Director, Research Unit (1)

2. Investigators (4)

3. Legal Officers (2)

4. Assistant Regional Coordinators (3)

5. Receptionist (1)

6. Internal Auditor (1)

7. Data Entry Clerks (100)

8. Interns

9. Gender Officer (1)

1. Director, Research Unit 
VAN: 47/10/TJRC/RU

The Director of Research will head the Research Unit of the Commission with the overall responsibility of conducting and coordinating all research undertaken in connection with the functions of the Commission. 

S/he will lead in conceptualizing the TJRC’s technical work thereby shaping and giving effect to the TJRC’s vision, functions and objectives; and assist in establishing a sound theoretical framework for the Commission’s work based on the Act and other relevant laws.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Head the Research Unit
  • Assign research duties to researchers in line with the Commission’s mandate and demands of its various committees and units
  • Coordinate and supervise research done by the team
  • Draft and oversee ( in conjunction with the CEO) all legal opinions and other documents
Requirements for Appointment
  • A Ph.D in relevant area of law or social sciences
  • Served for a minimum of 5 years in a research or teaching capacity
  • Must have an excellent understanding of the mandate of the TJRC
  • Expansive knowledge in all areas covered by, or of relevance to the mandate of the TJRC including international criminal justice and human rights; the rights of victims and witnesses (reparations, participation and protection); gender and transitional justice; Kenya Constitutional law (including comparative experience) and Kenya criminal law and practice
  • Excellent research skills, and a proven research record in discipline and areas relevant to the work of TJRC
  • Ability to run and manage an efficient department
2. Investigators 
VAN: 48/10/TJRC/ID

Reporting to the Director of Investigations, the Commission seeks to appoint investigators in with expertise in the following areas; Criminal Investigations, Human rights, Forensic accounting, Corporate Structures, land transactions and records.

Duties and responsibilities

The investigators will
  • assist in the conduct and management of investigations of civil and political rights violations, including assassinations, massacres, illegal detentions, torture, disappearances, forensics, fiscal and economic crimes, social and cultural rights violations, including alleged misconduct, malfeasance, mismanagement, fraud, corruption, waste of public, natural and national resources, abuse of authority and all violations that fall within the TJRC mandate;
  • gather evidence;
  • prepare evidence for hearings, obtain and review relevant documentation, conduct interviews and take statements;
  • gather and analyze electronic and documentary evidence, determine whether matters involve potential fraud, corruption or other illegal conduct warranting referral to national authorities;
  • conduct forensic investigations and gather evidence related to activities of individuals, state and non-state actors, manage forensic equipment and tools.
Requirements for appointment
  • Bachelor’s degree in forensic science, criminal justice, criminology, law or related areas.
  • Eight years qualifying experience in administrative investigations and forensic science may be accepted in lieu of a University Degree
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively reasonable experience in professional investigatory work in law enforcement, government, national or international investigation agency, with practical experience in administrative forensic investigations is required
  • Knowledge and understanding in the field of corruption, land, human rights, fraud, administrative investigations and computer/IT forensic techniques and forensic tools
  • Familiarity with analysis techniques in forensic sciences;
  • ability to conduct and supervise complex investigations;
  • produce reports and review and edit the work of others;
  • ability to gather evidence and interview subjects and witnesses, good research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to apply sound judgment in the context of assignments given; and ability to analyze and synthesize documents records and other evidence
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts orally;
  • ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful.
  • Ability to gather and analyze electronic evidence;
  • ability to organize complex and voluminous statements, sets of records and facts.
3. Legal Officers 
VAN: 49/10/TJRC/LU

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Handle and range of issues related to criminal law, international law, human rights law including the interpretation and application of the TJRC Act, legislative and other instruments in force in the Republic of Kenya during the period December 1963 to February 2008, in consultation with the Director Legal Services
  • Conduct extensive legal research and analysis and prepare statements, briefs, reports and correspondence
  • Undertake extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts; prepare or assist in the preparation of legal opinions/advice on a wide range of published government and non-governmental reports, international human rights law and practice, procedural issues arising during Commission hearings
Requirements for Appointment
  • Have an advanced degree in law from a recognized university
  • Be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and in good standing with the Law Society of Kenya
  • Have demonstrated professional competence in either litigation, criminal law and land law
  • Have a thorough understanding of the Commission’s mandate
4. Assistant Regional Coordinators 
VAN: 50/10/TJRC/FA

Reporting to the Regional Coordinator, the incumbent will facilitate all administrative support services of the Commission within the province.

There are three vacant positions in the following provinces and duty stations
1.     Nyanza – Kisumu
2.     Coast - Mombasa
3.     Rift Valley – Eldoret
Duties and Responsibilities

Specific duties and responsibilities for this post will entail: provision of logistical support to the provincial office unit, documentation and records keeping, administration, supervision of support staff and related administrative roles.

Requirements for Appointment
  • Qualification in business administration, or related studies
  • Not less than 3 years relevant work experience in a similar capacity
  • Knowledge of finance management, procurement, logistics, and general office management skills are desirable
5. Receptionist 
VAN: 51/10/TJRC/FA 

Will be in-charge of all telephone and reception services at the Commission.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Handling enquiries nad directing visitors to the appropriate offices, handling telephone operations – making and receiving calls, routine testing of the switchboard facility, compiling telephone traffic data; receiving postal and courier mail and appropriately directing it to the addressees
Requirement s for Appointment
  • Must have worked for a minimum period of four (4) years in a similar position in a busy organization
  • Certification in reception and front office management course from a recognized institution
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Have demonstrated professional competency in front office management
  • Have demonstrated technical proficiency with Microsoft Office packages - Word, Excel, etc
6. Internal Auditor 
VAN: 52/10/TJRC/FA

Duties and responsibilities
  • Ensures financial transactions are strictly within the rules and regulations of the government
  • Verification of operations and activities with the view to assessing economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which the Commission utilizes resources
  • Preparation and presentation of routine Audit Reports to the Committee; independent reviews on internal control systems
  • Verifies the accuracy and checks for mismanagement, waste or fraud, with a view to proactively stem all forms of misappropriation
  • Reports to authorities that financial statements have been prepared and reported correctly, and in accordance with Central Government GAAPPs
Requirements for Appointment
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Finance or Accounting Option) or a business- related field
  • Be a certified information systems auditor (CISA)
  • Be a fully qualified accountant CPA(K), ACCA, CIMA, CA or equivalent
  • At least 5 years internal audit experience preferably in the financial services sector
  • Good knowledge and understanding of internal audit including a broad knowledge of international trends in auditing
  • Have a working knowledge of financial information systems
  • Ability to keep abreast of evolving trends in auditing through continuous professional development
  • Demonstrate proficiency in IT particularly computer assisted audit techniques
  • Familiarity with government systems
7. Data Entry Clerk 
VAN: 53/10/TJRC/SS

This is a temporary position where the candidate shall review and enter data into computer system or tracking database according to established procedures and shall ensures accuracy of all data recorded.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Keep track of received data.
  • Data entry from source documents into computer as per the specified program.
  • Compiles, sorts, and verifies accuracy of data to be entered.
  • Processes various forms.
  • Generates reports and responds to inquiries regarding entered data as requested.
  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • Maintains confidential information
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.
Requirements for Appointments
  • Minimum undergraduate degree in social science
  • At least 2 year prior experience in research and/or data entry
  • Ability to operate various work-processing software, spreadsheets, and database programs.
  • Ensures that confidentiality of data received, entered and stored is maintained
  • Assures protection of the systems and data by performing at least one system back up per day.
  • Carry out multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Accuracy and detail oriented in data entry.
8. Interns

Graduates with competencies in the following areas:
1.     Law (3)
2.     Gender Studies and Counseling (2)
3.     Communication (2)
4.     Business Studies including, procurement, finance, logistics, etc (1)
5.     Civic Education and Outreach (2)
6.     ICT (2)
Requirements for Appointment
  • An undergraduate degree from a recognized university in one of the areas above
  • Not less than 2 years relevant work experience in a similar capacity
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Office/word/Excel and Power Point
9. Gender Officer
VAN: 55/10/TJRC/SS

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming in the processes of the Commission including planning, implementation and reporting;
  • Provide technical inputs to different departments including finance, research, investigation and documentation.
  • Enhance capacity of staff to ensure gender perspectives in planning and implementation.
  • Regular report writing and documentation capturing gender perspectives and achievements.
  • Co-ordinate and facilitate training on gender aspects of Commission’s working including mandate and responsibilities.
  • Attend, facilitate and/or monitor Commission events as required in relation to gender perspectives.
Requirements for Appointment
  • Master’s Degree in Development Studies, Gender, or related field
  • Minimum 7 years experience working on women’s rights and/or disability for a non-governmental organization or public institution;
  • Excellent and demonstrable writing skills – particularly on gender issues.
  • Fluency in written English and Swahili.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and to act quickly and well under pressure and travel extensively;
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Office/word/Excel and Power Point;
NB: Applications for this post must include a writing sample of between 500-1500 words

Important information for all candidates
  • Deadline for applications: January 10, 2011
  • Vacancy Announcement Number (VAN) must be quoted for all applications
  • Only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be contacted
  • Previous Applicants need not re-apply
Send applications by post to:

Recruitment Team,
Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission,
Delta House, 3rd Floor, Chiromo Road, Westlands,
P.O Box 14641-00800,
Nairobi, Kenya
or by email quoting the Vacancy number and position title to

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