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Legal Advisor

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Legal
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent

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Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) the job holder will serve as the principal FSN Legal Advisor to Department of Justice’s (DOJ) mission in Kenya. S/he will develop, plan and implement comprehensive capacity building/technical assistance programs for the Department of Justice/ Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ/OPDAT) under the terms of Interagency Agreements with the Department of State and provide legal/juridical assistance and counsel in the form of written and oral reports based on Kenyan law and comparative law for OPDAT, DOJ HQ and other Embassy entities.


1. Legal Analysis and Counsel       (25% of time )                                                                                                                           

Serve as the principal FSN Legal Advisor to DOJ’s mission in Kenya. Provide analysis and counsel on Kenyan legal issues related to OPDAT programs. Research, interpret and summarize proposed and existing Kenyan federal and state laws in areas such as criminal procedure, the accusatory system and human rights. Provide legal advice to senior DOJ attorneys based on his/her expertise in criminal law and procedure. Develop and manage reporting on legal and legislative issues. Analyze and report on developments in the Kenyan press and law enforcement/legal community relevant to DOJ priorities. Review and provide input on legal matters in cables and other official communications.

2. Program Implementation         (25% of time)                                                                                                                                  
Develop, implement and supervise programs and legal exchanges between the USG and Kenya. Provide technical assistance to the RLA, DOJ attorneys as well as other conference organizers and speakers. Provide work guidance and monitor performance of third-party contractors charged with logistical coordination of events and other services.  Create legal training materials and curricula consistent with Kenyan law and best practices. Report on program accomplishments and milestones. Work with a team to develop, organize and implement conferences to include assisting with identification of program venues, assuring coordination with conference partners, assisting on site with conference organization.

3. Legal Liaison      (15% of time)                                                                                                                                                     
Develop and maintain relationships between DOJ, Embassy partners and mid to high-level officials in Kenyan law enforcement, legislature, judiciary and non-governmental organizations.  Assist with sensitive and cross-cultural communications between contacts, the RLA and other DOJ attorneys. Work directly with counterparts in the development of institutional policies and procedures.

4. Planning and Program Management       (20% of time)                                                                                                              
Negotiate long-term and short-term training projects with host country counterparts. Develop and evaluate training programs, legislative assistance, and legal exchanges. Provide input and assistance in developing multiyear Interagency Agreements with the Department of State.

5. Judicial, Legislative, Media Reporting and Administrative Assistance    (15% of time)                                                                                                                                                 The Legal Assistant will track both criminal and civil court cases and be called upon to draft summaries and review publicly-filed pleadings.  The Legal Assistant will also research and analyze draft legislation, relevant laws, and international treaties.  The Legal Assist will monitor media reporting about matters within the justice sectors in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, among other places.  The Legal Assistant may be called upon to draft short papers on developments in the justice sector.     The Legal Assistant will be called upon to handle office administration, including management of supplies, communications, visitors, logistics and budgetary matters.  The Legal Assistant may be called on to coordinate with OPDAT in Washington, D.C

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Legal
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Civil law; Criminal law; Lobbying, advocacy; Policy drafting and development; Programme management; Legal analysis; Judicial processes and litigation
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

Embassy of The United States

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The U.S. Embassy to Kenya opened in 1964. Through fourteen Ambassadors since then, the Embassy has enriched the ties between the American and Kenyan people and served the needs of Americans in and around this East African hub. Chief among the U.S. Mission's goals are fostering the development of a sound Kenyan economy, strengthening the institutions of Kenyan democracy, helping to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and promoting U.S./Kenyan business ties.

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