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  • Prosecution Counsel at Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

  • Posted on: 7 February, 2019 Deadline: 18 February, 2019
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  • The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is one of the institutions set out in the Council of Legal Education [Admission] Regulations, 2007 as an institution in which students of the Kenya School of Law may undertake their Pupillage Programme. The Office seeks to engage highly motivated Kenyans.

    Prosecution Counsel



    • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from a recognized university;
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Council of Legal Education; and (vii) Admission as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

    Core Skills/Competencies

    • Litigation skills;
    • Prosecutorial skills;
    • Legislative drafting and law reform skills;
    • Knowledge of the criminal justice system Research skills;
    • ICT skills;
    • Supervisory skills;
    • Interpersonal and Communication skills;
    • Organizational and administrative skills;
    • Problem solving skills; and
    • Report writing skills.

    Personal Qualities

    • Honesty and integrity;
    • Ability to get well with the diverse workforce;
    • Positive working attitude;
    • Ability to work with minimum supervision;
    • Creativity and innovativeness;
    • Ability to work under pressure;
    • Ability to work well with teams; and
    • Professionalism.


    This is the entry and training grade for this cadre. An officer at this level may be deployed to work at any of the Departments at the Headquarters or County Offices under the guidance of a more senior and experienced officer.

    • Undertaking prosecutions of all assigned criminal and other cases to ensure justice on cases forwarded is delivered in a timely manner;
    • Undertaking research on assigned legal issues and compiling data to ensure the prosecution services offered are well informed and are of high quality, and to enhance on the efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of service;
    • Conducting appeals, applications and revisions in all courts and preparing report on the outcome of the appeals and applications, to ensure the challenges faced in the delivery of service are identified and strategies developed and implemented to minimise recurrences;
    • Advising investigative agencies on criminal matters to ensure quality delivery of service;
    • Preparing of the status reports on cases prosecuted to ensure effectiveness in service delivery;
    • Undertaking negotiations and entering into plea agreements on behalf of DPP.
    • Liaising with the police and other law enforcement agencies where necessary to ensure sufficient collection of evidence that supports timely and just rulings;
    • Preparing legal documents to be filled in court, to ensure ODPP is fully prepared for the court cases submitted, and to support compliance with the requirements of the court;
    • Screening police files and advise on possible prosecution, to support the commitment of the Kenya Police in the maintenance of security and justice, and to ensure timely prosecution of cases;
    • Studying and evaluating case files presented and making decisions whether to or not to charge; and
    • Facilitating participation of victims, witnesses, complainants and accused persons in the criminal justice system and protection of their rights to ensure a seamless judicial process.


    Applicants conversant with speaking the following foreign languages will have an added advantage; French, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Arabic together with applicants with qualifications in Finance and Accounting, Economics, and Information Communication Technology from recognized Institutions.

    Proof of qualification in the above specified disciplines should be submitted alongside the application.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates are invited to make their applications by completing ONE application form ODPP 1.

    The candidates should attach COPIES of the following documents to their application form:

    • National Identity Card
    • Academic and Professional Certificates and Transcripts
    • Any supporting documents and testimonials
    • Letter of appointment to their current substantive post
    • Letter of appointment to their previous post
    • Detailed Curriculum Vitae and
    • Clearance certificate from the following bodies:-
    • Law Society of Kenya for Lawyers ii. Higher Education Loans Board
    • Kenya Revenue Authority
    • Criminal Investigation Department
    • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission
    • Any other Professional bodies to which the candidate is a member

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Shortlisted candidates shall be required to produce ORIGINALS of their National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates, original transcripts and testimonials, letters of appointment to their current substantive posts and previous post, detailed curriculum vitae and clearance certificates during the interviews.

    Completed application forms should be sent to:

    The Secretary
    Advisory Board
    Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
    NSSF Building 19th Floor, Block ‘A’
    P.O. Box 30701 – 00100

    So as to reach the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on or before Monday, 18th February, 2019.

    Persons with disability and those from marginalized communities are encouraged to apply

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