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Chief State Counsel

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Office Of The Attorney General And Department Of Justice
For appointment to this grade, a candidate must have:-

(i) a minimum service period of fifteen (15) years, one (1) of which should have been
in the grade of Deputy Chief State Counsel, CSG 6 or in a comparable and relevant
position in the wider public service;
(ii) a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from a university recognized in Kenya;
(iii) a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law;
(iv) been admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya; and
(v) demonstrated professional and administrative competence
Applications are invited from qualified persons for the positions shown below. Interested and qualified persons are requested to make their applications as follows:
1. online through one of the Commission’s websites and www.psckjobs.go.keOR
2. by completing ONE PSC 2 (Revised 2016) application form. The form may be downloaded from the Commission’s websites. Please Note Candidates should NOT attach any documents to the application form.
ALL the details requested in the advertisement should be filled on the form. Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted. Canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification.


An officer at this level will be deployed to head either a Legal Department/Divisions/Regional Offices within the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice or to any Government Ministries/State Departments. Duties and responsibilities at this level will include:-
(i) administration of civil registry, allocation of case files, legal advice to and undertaking litigation on behalf of National and County governments, undertaking arbitrations, asset-tracing and recovery/debt collection;
(ii) drafting and reviewing complex documents, contracts, and international agreements;
(iii) drafting of complex bills and subsidiary legislation;
(iv) providing legal advice and opinions to Ministries/State Departments and State Corporations;
(v) preparation of statutes for revision and publication of the annual supplement to the Laws of Kenya;
(vi) overseeing and coordinating administration of Estates and Trusts in Head Office as well as Regional offices;
(vii) oversee and co-ordinate legal functions, property management, and conveyance and co-ordinate Ex-Officio Agents;
(viii) carrying out in-house settlement of disputes;
(ix) prosecuting matters before the Disciplinary Tribunal and handling alternative dispute resolution;
(x) undertaking duties of an Official Receiver or Deputy Registrar;
(xi) supervision of registries including companies, business names, societies, coat of arms, marriages, divorce, and adoptions;
(xii) signing of statutory documents and issuing gazette notices;
(xiii) initiating research on emerging legal issues, preparing legal opinions and briefs; and
(xiv) initiating policy research, formulation, and reform; advising Ministries/State Departments on legal policy issues; preparing periodic/country reports and ensuring compliance with regional and international instruments, ensuring compliance with principles and values of good governance, human rights, transparency, accountability, ethics, and integrity.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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