Executive Director Job in Kenya



Are you an outstanding human rights champion passionate about human rights, Justice, and the Rule of Law and looking for a space where you can positively influence justice and democracy in Africa? Do you have a proven track record in organizational leadership, strategic execution, and commitment to leading a young, diverse, and dynamic team?


ICJ Kenya, one of the leading jurist organizations in Africa, is looking to recruit an exemplary legal mind as its next Executive Director.




Established in 1959, the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) is a non–partisan, membership non-governmental organization with a membership drawn from the Bar and Bench. The organization's primary mission is to promote and protect human rights, justice, democracy, and the rule of law in Africa. ICJ Kenya has a consistent track record of well-informed advocacy and thought leadership and is widely acknowledged as a premier human rights organization in Kenya and around Africa.


THE Position OF Executive Director


This is a full-time position, and the job holder will report directly to the Governing Council.




  • Providing strategic direction to the organization while leading a professional and support staff team in achieving ICJ Kenya's goals.
  • As Secretary to the ICJ Kenya Council, providing administrative support to the Council and strategic guidance to membership committees and/or ad hoc organs established by the membership and/or Council.
  • Leading the development, review, and implementation of key organizational policies and procedures.
  • Providing leadership and support to resource mobilization, Programme development and implementation, human resource, and financial management.
  • Working closely with the Governing Council, development partners, and other civil society actors to ensure that ICJ Kenya remains relevant, credible, and sustainable. Directly supervise the Deputy Executive Director, Finance Manager, Programme Manager, People, Culture and Administration Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Teams, and the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Teams.


  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over ten years post admission experience;
  • Master's degree in law, human rights, social studies, strategic leadership, business administration, or any other related field;
  • At least five years' experience in senior and or executive management;
  • At least five years of demonstrable regional experience in human rights, rule of law, and governance issues;
  • Well-developed skills in board and personnel management;
  • Demonstrable experience in resource mobilization and financial management;
  • Experience in managing membership activities will be an added advantage;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Demonstrable capacity in leadership and partnership management with the capacity to represent ICJ Kenya in a variety of situations, from grassroots to high-level engagements and
  • Must possess good diplomatic skills.



  • Team player and self-driven individual;
  • High Integrity and commitment to social justice and service;
  • Analytical and strategic thinker;
  • Commitment to professionalism, Integrity, and inclusivity.


A detailed job description and more information on the vacancy is available on our website at www.icj-kenya.org, which contains the main duties and responsibilities, personal attributes, and required key competencies.

To Apply:


ICJ Kenya is an equal-opportunity employer. Interested candidates who meet the above criteria should send a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae, and relevant testimonials and provide three Referees, one of whom must be a current employer or supervisor, and indicate the expected salary to the email address: jobs1@hcsaffiliatesgroup.com   and CC EDRecruitment@icj-kenya.org; with Executive Director-ICJ on the Subject line on or before June 16th, 2023.